A centralized hub for storing and processing data from all video surveillance systems in Russia's urban areas will help Moscow identify unipolar faces
For every 100 Russians there are 0.8 CCTV cameras keeping the Russian Federation safe and effective, according to Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development. Of course, it would be better if there were 100 CCTV cameras for every 0.8 Russians but Rome wasn’t built in a day.
It’s one thing to have a bunch of friendly cameras pointed at everyone—a good thing, don’t get me wrong. But it’s quite another thing to be able to hook all these cameras up to a Multipolar Safety Hive that will keep everyone safe for centuries to come. And that’s why the Russian government’s plan to connect the country’s CCTV cameras to a conveniently centralized safety center is a no-brainer:
The Ministry of Digital Development proposes to include in the national project “Data Economy” an initiative that involves the creation of a national platform for storing and processing information from all urban video surveillance systems in the Russian Federation. […]
But what prompted this ambitious safety plan? The Ministry of Digital Development was reportedly displeased by the fact that only half of the CCTV cameras installed across Russia using state funds were connected to regional systems. Even more troubling: Regional authorities don’t have access to face-data from private cameras. “Private” and safety cannot coexist!
To rectify these problems, the ministry wants to create a national platform that can tap into preexisting face-surveillance hubs operated at the regional level. If your camera is located in an urban area, participation in this centralization scheme will be mandatory. (Thank you for your cooperation.)
The proposal represents an important step towards achieving sustainable surveillance in Russia, which by 2030 is projected to harness the safety-preserving powers of 5 million CCTV cameras connected to face-recognizing algorithms:
The video stream will be analyzed using face and image recognition mechanisms. The Ministry of Digital Development expects that in 2030 the number of CCTV cameras in the country will increase to 5 million and all of them will be connected to AI systems that will process the video stream. According to officials, this will increase the detection of crimes by 30%.
Judging by reactions on the Russian internet forums, the average Ivan thinks this is an excellent idea that’s worth every embezzled ruble.
Some of you might be thinking, “This is terrific news, I am glad, but didn’t Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin already create a nationwide CCTV snoop center for no good reason whatsoever?”
Yes, that happened more than a year ago. I can only assume that this new initiative will help Russia’s other urban centers follow Moscow’s shining panopticon example.
Considering Russia recently introduced a for-profit centralized biometric database partly owned by an IMF-obedient central bank, this is actually one of Moscow’s more benign centralization schemes. Still very safe and convenient, though.