Bishkek to install facial recognition system as part of Smart City project


BISHKEK -- Bishkek's Smart City project will include a facial recognition system, said Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, according to

Isakov made his remarks at a board meeting of the City Administration of Bishkek Friday (February 9).

The control centre of the system "will be designed for 20 people -- representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the State National Security Committee will work there," Isakov said.

If a criminal offense is committed, a photo of the suspect can be entered and the system will look for him or her around the city, he said.

Such cameras will be installed in the capital's downtown area, shopping centres, markets and near schools.

"When the Smart City starts working, we will forbid traffic police to stand by the roadside. They will drive around the city by cars with cameras on them," he added.

The $60 million (4 billion KGS) Smart City project is expected to be implemented within 1.5 years, Isakov said earlier on January 11, as he inked an agreement between his government and China-based Huawei Technologies for the project.

Under the agreement, investors are responsible for training specialists, ensuring the protection of personal data and following cybersecurity requirements under Kyrgyz law.

The first stage of the project covers the cities of Bishkek and Osh, as well as the Bishkek-Osh, Bishkek-Cholpon-Ata and Bishkek-Manas highways.

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