A sweeping plan to improve security at New York City’s points of entry makes heavy use of facial recognition technology combined with license-plate reading systems, according to a report in Mashable.
The plan, called the New York Crossings Project, aims to use sensing technology at critical transportation junctures, such as bridges, tunnels, airports and transit hubs.
A New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) memo obtained by Vocativ, presented some data on how the project will work.
“The Authority is interested in implementing a Facial Detection System, in a free-flow highway environment, where vehicle movement is unimpeded at highway speeds as well as bumper-to-bumper traffic, and license plate images are taken and matched to occupants of the vehicles (via license plate number) with Facial Detection and Recognition methods from a gantry-based or road-side monitoring location,” the memo states.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also recently announced a $10 billion effort to revitalize New York City’s JFK airport that includes the use of facial-recognition technology to enhance security, as reported by The New York Post.
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