Hyderabad: For the first time in India, the Telangana police will use CCTV cameras to identify people roaming the streets of Hyderabad without masks. With the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning techniques, CCTV cameras across the city will identify those who step out without masks amid the COVID-19 lockdown, said Telangana DGP M. Mahender Reddy.

The DGP shared images taken by AI-enabled CCTV cameras of people with masks and without masks. He tweeted, “#AI based #FaceMaskViolationEnforcement is being rolled out by TS police. Leveraging ComputerVision & #DeepLearningTechnique being implemented on surveillance CCTVs across the cities is #FirstOfItsKind in INDIA. Shall be enabled shortly across the 3Commissionerates *Hyd,Cyb&Rck. (sic)”

The police had tested the CCTV cameras at Vinayak Nagar Junction in Hyderabad. The new technique will be implemented in all the three commisionerates of Hyderabad, Rachakonda, and Cyberabad.

Fines collected for not wearing masks

On 10 April, the state government had introduced the “mask on” policy making it compulsory for people to wear masks when they step outdoors during the lockdown to buy essentials. The state had also said that people not wearing masks will be fined Rs. 500.
After the state government reopened all liquor shops in Telangana on 5 May, shop owners had been instructed not to sell alcohol to people who come to the stores without masks. On 8 May, a wine shop in Rajanna-Sircilla district was fined Rs. 5,000 after it sold liquor to customers who were not wearing masks.

Earlier this month, Kamareddy district had fined 387 people for not wearing masks and has so far collected Rs. 53,350 in fines.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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