The government will open bids next month to build a system to centralize facial recognition data captured through surveillance cameras across India. It would link up with databases containing records for everything from passports to fingerprints to help India’s depleted police force identify criminals, missing persons and dead bodies (atleast this is what the officials are saying!).
The government says the move is designed to help one of the world’s most understaffed police forces, which has one officer for every 724 citizens — well below global norms.
Research estimates that India’s facial recognition market will grow sixfold by 2024 to $4.3 billion, nearly on par with China!