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(Left) A mannequin displaying Auxiliary Force Sdn Bhd’s body-worn camera used by auxiliary police officers in Malaysia; and (Right) Auxiliary Force Sdn Bhd showcasing its body-worn camera system integrated with YITU Technology’s facial recognition technology at National Security Asia 2018/ Credit: YITU Technology

(Left) A mannequin displaying Auxiliary Force Sdn Bhd’s body-worn camera used by auxiliary police officers in Malaysia; and (Right) Auxiliary Force Sdn Bhd showcasing its body-worn camera system integrated with YITU Technology’s facial recognition technology at National Security Asia 2018/ Credit: YITU Technology

Auxiliary Force of Malaysian Police integrates facial recognition technology with body-worn cameras

Auxiliary Force Sdn Bhd (AFSB), a member of Royal Malaysia Police Cooperative Bhd., has become the first security force in the country to integrate body-worn cameras with facial recognition technology.

AFSB was established on 16th March 2015 with its main responsibility to administer and manage Polis Bantuan of the Royal Malaysia Police Cooperative Berhad. In addition, the services of AFSB are utilized by private sector entities such as, such as I-City, ERM, MIC, Hatten Group and others.

AFSB is also responsible for enhancing knowledge, skills and ability of Polis Bantuan personnel and it offers the Polis Bantuan Foundation Course of Excellence. Currently, AFSB monitors and manages the accreditation of private bodyguards in Malaysia.

AFSB is working with YITU Technology (YITU), a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and innovation, for this initiative to transform and augment Malaysia’s public safety and law enforcement efforts.

AFSB is using the facial recognition technology to allow officers to review captured video footage to positively identify persons of interest post-event. The objective is to enhance the way auxiliary police safeguard the community, infrastructure and assets.

Implemented since February 2018, the body-worn cameras are currently in use by auxiliary police officers of AFSB at various critical infrastructure. Going forward, there are plans to expand the roll-out to more locations across Malaysia in the near future.

YITU is working with its system integration partner in Malaysia, Build Technology Converge, to deploy the body-worn camera systems.

Dato’ Rosmadi Bin Ghazali, CEO of Auxiliary Force Sdn Bhd said, “AFSB is committed to bring constant innovation and forward thinking to the security landscape in Malaysia. This is a significant step forward for us as we leverage artificial intelligence to increase public safety and security. Looking ahead, AFSB also intends to expand the capabilities of our body-worn camera system to include real-time facial recognition and instant alerts to the presence of persons of interest from criminal watchlists.”

YITU's facial recognition solutions are being used for security at Chinese tourist locations including ports, and public spaces with safety requirements.

"AFSB leads the way in introducing new security technologies to transform the security landscape in Malaysia,” said Lance Wang, YITU Technology’s General Manager of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macau. “We are committed to supporting AFSB in their journey to strengthen public security and to become a leading player in the security industry. Our work with AFSB builds on our joint belief that AI technologies will help bring about safer and more secure communities in Malaysia," Wang added.

YITU’s algorithm was ranked first in the Face Recognition Vendor Test (FVRT) organised by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2017. It also won the face identification accuracy segment of the Face Recognition Prize Challenge, hosted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the United States.

The company also opened its first international office in Singapore in January this year to bring its facial recognition and intelligent business solutions to the Southeast Asian, Hong Kong, Macau as well as Oceania markets. 

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