Belarus installs facial recognition surveillance system


The Belarusian government is using the "Kipod" facial recognition software developed by the local software company LLCC Synesis to track and identify dissidents. Synesis was previously sanctioned by the EU for providing authorities with an AI surveillance platform capable of tracking individuals. Kipod uses biometrics machine learning algorithms to analyse material. Synesis has denied that the technology could be used to identify protesters, but the Belarusian government decreed the establishment of an official public safety system of video surveillance built on it. Kipod is also used in Moscow's metro system, at petrol stations in Ireland and the UK, and in some privately owned logistics centres in Northern Ireland.

Writer: Katya Pivcevic

Publication: Biometric Update