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Phuket uses facial recognition to improve city security

Steve Rogerson
January 9, 2018

Phuket in Thailand is implementing a safe city project using facial recognition technology from Spanish company Herta.
In partnership with Point IT, Herta has provided its facial recognition technology for the project, which also included other requirements such as a command centre, smart card system, high-speed network link and automatic licence plate recognition.
The focus of the project is to secure the city and make it safer for the citizens through these implementations. At the security checkpoint, policemen use their mobile phones to take a picture of all of the passengers on the vehicles accessing the city. Then, the picture and video streaming is transferred via wireless AP to the network of Herta's BioSurveillance Next system. Every time a blacklisted subject is detected, the system sends an alarm to the mobile phones of the security guards.
"We are very proud to provide leading facial recognition for the safety of an entire city," said Javier Rodríguez, Herta's CEO. “It is a great opportunity that will bring more projects in other cities during the upcoming months. We are very confident that Herta's software performance, technological capabilities and global experience will solve the strong needs of safe city projects like Phuket's. Our partner Point IT has great local understanding and has proved to be an excellent partner. We strongly believe these are the first steps to bring new value to the safe city projects worldwide."
Herta is based in Barcelona, with offices in Madrid, London and Los Angeles. The company offers technology for video surveillance, access control and marketing requirements. Its international projects include safe cities, airports, train and metro stations, prisons, banks, casinos, sports stadiums, shopping malls, military, police, and forensic applications. Herta has partners in 50 countries and more than 150 certified integrators globally.