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Phuket Governor wants face recognition technology, eight lane checkpoint

PHUKET: The new Phuket Governor is to use existing budget from the OSM Andaman (Andaman provinces group) for face recognition technology to scan drivers and vehicles passing through the Tha Chatchai checkpoint in the north of Phuket.

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Tuesday 18 October 2016, 11:48AM

Gov Chockchai wants to introduce face recognition technology at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint. Photo: Maraparacc/wikipedia
Gov Chockchai wants to introduce face recognition technology at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint. Photo: Maraparacc/wikipedia

He will use some of the budget to extend the checkpoint from four to eight lanes.

Gov Chockchai Detjamornthan announced his proposal at his first “Governor Meets Press” meeting held last Thursday (Oct 13) at Provincial Hall and stated that he is sure the government will approve the budget and that Phuket will have new face recognition technology in place to help support the island’s security.

“I talked with officials last week about security improvements for the island and we agreed to utilize the OSM Andaman (Andaman provinces group) for a project to improve Tha Chatchai checkpoint which is our city gate.

“We will install face recognition technology to scan drivers of vehicles entering or leaving via the checkpoint. This is a project which former governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada studied.

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“In addition, the project will include road expansion at the checkpoint from four to eight lanes. Provincial Police will set up additional police stations and provide more police officers to support this area,” Gov Chockchai said.

“The budget needed for this project is around B100 million or so which will come from OSM Andaman because the group has large amount of unused budget available due to many projects which have not come to development.

“Phuket is the leader of the OSM Andaman so we have to push for this project. I believe this project will help bring convenience to the public especially residents and tourists. Any investment like this in our province will also boost the island’s economy,” he added.



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Christy Sweet | 22 October 2016 - 09:08:47

Swerv, In at least 2 dozen passes of that check point, I've never rolled my window down and I can count on one hand how many times an actual officer was on  duty and actively working the post. I have never seen more than cursory glances into cars either. I also understand there is a back road way which  by-passes  this checkpoint.

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swerv | 21 October 2016 - 15:06:22

Sue Yu2: The budget is for the roadworks too, not just the recognition camera.

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swerv | 21 October 2016 - 13:44:43

Skeptical: The face recognition is to be used at tatatchai check point where you have to wind your window down so that the officers on duty can see into your vehicle.

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Jome | 20 October 2016 - 16:22:27

You guys, just dont understand Thailand.
They will build 8 lanes so every car has to stop,get out of the car and step in front of a plastic policeman holding a camera for picture.Smart digital city Phuket will finally make police officers redundant.......huge cost savings to come.....

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Sue Yu2 | 20 October 2016 - 13:08:00

The proposed approximate budget for this scheme of B100 million seems a ridiculous amount to pay for something that just can't work. As Kurt says there are far more important, basic needs & infrastructure that could improve our island's life for everyone. This shd not be a No. 1 priority for the new Governor & he needs to think hard here.

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Kurt | 19 October 2016 - 17:52:02

Skeptical, you wrote a good comment. Exactly my thinking as well.
Point is that thai officials sometimes go public with what they like/go to do ( show activity is always justifying a job)) before thinking/analyzing about it.
Office arm chair doing.
This is a good example of such.

And than the budget they ask for it! wow.
Why not ask a budget to keep Phuket beaches daily spotless clean?
Start with simple but very important things

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Christy Sweet | 19 October 2016 - 09:47:26

Hark!! What that? The plastic life sized replica of a policeman wasn't doing  his job?? At least he actually manned his post and wasn't in the box watching TV or surfing facebook.

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Skeptical | 18 October 2016 - 14:40:33

It seems like another initiative destined for failure (or another opportunity for certain officials to line their pockets?).
The facial recognition cameras are destined to be a failure because most cars and SUV's have tinted windows which the cameras will not be able to penetrate. And most of those motorbike riders who actually are wearing helmets (a minority to be sure) have visors that obscure the riders face. How are facial recognition cameras going to overcome these obstacles?

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