The Bidvest Protea Coin group has provided more information about the advanced facial recognition technology it uses to track and catch criminals in South Africa, a system known as Scarface.
Scarface is a platform that uses advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to help security teams identify who it calls “persons of interest.”
The group said the technology was originally developed as an early warning system that could identify potential threats and prevent assets or criminal attacks before they happened.
“Because we know that crime often involves intelligence that takes place over a period, Scarface stops this process early, before it matures, with detailed and often classified information, allowing early detection and/or apprehension of perpetrators. . Overall, the system provides increased risk mitigation through a proactive approach to identifying suspects.”
The technology is completely autonomous and does not require user intervention to work as a recognition platform.
The high-resolution cameras are linked to a robust database that is used to improve the accuracy of identifying suspects on the spot, with the team noting that it uses the highest level of recognition possible to ensure accurate detection of persons of interest.
He added that face identification is fast and the system is incredibly efficient at checking the person of interest.
One practical use of this technology is to identify illegal miners, known colloquially as “zama-zamas”, who have taken over abandoned mines.
It is estimated that around 14,000 zama zama are involved in illegal mining in the country at about 6,000 abandoned mining sites across the country.
Using Scarface technology, the Bidvest Protea coin is able to identify persons of interest who may have intentions to engage in criminal activities in the mines.
The system tracks activities by linking the person of interest to previous incidents and updating their unique profile. If necessary, Scarface can also provide visual evidence in criminal cases.