Biometric face recognition system Smart Tracker FRS by Speech Technology Center is part of Safe City Sakhalin

  • Smart Tracker FRS developed by Speech Technology Center is part of Safe City hardware and software suite
  • Smart Tracker FRS analyzes images from more than 1,000 SSTV cameras installed on island
  • More than 20 potential virus spreaders who don’t comply with two-week quarantine rules identified in the first two days of operation

April 7, 2020, Moscow — Smart Tracker FRS — a face recognition biometric system by Speech Technology Center, part of the Sberbank ecosystem — is one of the options of the Safe City hardware and software suite in Sakhalin Region.

The biometric system analyzes images from more than 1,000 SSTV cameras installed on the island. This system has already improved the efficiency of the Sakhalin Regional information center and positively affected public safety. In the first two days of its operation, it identified more than 20 violators of instructions of Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation who deliberately didn’t comply with a two-week quarantine after arriving from places with high risks of coronavirus spread.

Andrey Vanin, Senior Vice President, Head of Sberbank Ecosystem Development Unit (SberX), Sberbank,
“Sberbank's transformation into a world-class IT company and creation of its ecosystem let us market comprehensive tools based on the advanced technologies, including AI, computer vision, and facial recognition. Combining all these, the Safe City project is being implemented by the state and businesses to create a safe and comfortable environment. In the current situation, the project is becoming particularly relevant. We are ready to scale up this successful experience by supporting regions in the fight against COVID-19.”

Vyacheslav Alenkov, Deputy Chairman of the government of Sakhalin Region,
“Special attention is paid to people who have returned from abroad or from the mainland, and their family members. Photos of passengers who gave their consent are uploaded to the Safe City system of Sakhalin Region cameras record cases of their appearance outside their home and send data to the law enforcement agencies and Rospotrebnadzor. The island was one of the first regions in Russia to use digital technologies to monitor quarantine and self-isolation regulation observance and prevent the spread of coronavirus on the islands.”

Dmitry Dyrmovsky, CEO of Speech Technology Center,
“Smart Tracker FRS has been used across Russia for many years, for example, at sports facilities and transport to protect public order. This effective tool with a full cycle of functions and a well-developed interface was also chosen during the coronavirus pandemic. Facial recognition is becoming one of the tools to fight against coronavirus. Thanks to Smart Tracker FRS, we can start detecting quarantine violators as soon as possible.”

As Speech Technology Center emphasized, the company did not tailor this solution to fight against COVID-19 specifically but rather created a comprehensive facial recognition system a long time ago for Safe Cities in which all functions are out of the box without additional setup. The solution is evolving while being replicated across country regions from one project to another. It is already being used at 14 sports facilities, 24 transport facilities, and five Safe Cities.

The key advantage of Smart Tracker FRS is its efficiency in difficult conditions when people move with their collars, scarves or medical masks on. Recognition is based on a neural network algorithm that analyzes the available part of the face, rather than matching the location of key points. Therefore, the system doesn’t care what part of the face is covered with a familiar scarf or a new medical mask. Thanks to its improved technical characteristics, Smart Tracker FRS is a ready-made tool to resolve problems both at the regional and national levels.