Eduard Lysenko

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BornLysenko Eduard Anatolyevich
22 January 1975
Alma materYaroslavl State University

Eduard Lysenko is a Russian IT professional[1] who was appointed Head of the Department of Information Technologies in Moscow on 21 September 2018 by the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin.[2]

Artificial intelligence

In an exclusive interview by Zak Doffman for Forbes magazine in April 2019, Eduard Lysenko said:

"Russia has traditionally been amongst the pioneers thanks to a talented workforce and a long tradition of mathematics. In our minds, we have developed a number of breakthrough solutions which will allow Russia to stay amongst the top AI countries. Moscow has its own AI division that works on implementing AI in city management. For example, the automation of document classification and robot operators processing 40% of all requests to the city's call centre - the robot is integrated with the city information systems and can provide answers to 62 typical questions, it is able to recognise emotions and self-learn."

Facial recognition

During the 2018 soccer World Cup, Russia deployed facial recognition to help police the event. Lysenko explained:

"The facial recognition system enabled the police to detain 12 criminals from the federal list of wanted persons and 8 pickpockets, as well as 60 football fans who were banned from the matches. At present, the facial recognition system has been fitted in a pilot mode to 1,500 video streams, representing 1.5% of Moscow’s 167,000 video cameras. This year, we intend to increase the number to 105,000, meaning all the cameras installed in public areas to optimise the use of the system."

The system captures 1.2 billion hours of video each year, issues 45,000 traffic fines each day, and has helped power a unified system that the authorities claim reduces the arrivals time for first responders to an event by 20%. Lysenko continued:

"In future, 5G will allow us to expand the system with new devices like facial recognition glasses for police officers. We are testing augmented reality glasses with embedded facial recognition capabilities together with Ntechlab company, which is known for creating the facial recognition tool FindFace."

5G and Huawei

The Russian mobile telecom firm MegaFon have agreed to develop and implement 5G standards in Russia with Huawei. Regarding the concerns raised by the United States and the United Kingdom about the security risks associated with Huawei, including the allegations that the company might facilitate intelligence collection for Beijing, Eduard Lysenko said:

"The Russian Federation has strict information security regulations which we always follow. There are other companies with other partnerships. Russian telecommunication operators will choose 5G vendors for pilot zones based on their procurement policies and are now preparing technical standards for 5G technology implementation. After that, the process will accelerate. We cooperate with many equipment providers, including Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm and IBM. The decisions are being made by the network operators and not the government but we hope that local Russian vendors will come to the pilot projects in order to demonstrate their progress."

The intention is for the 2019 pilots to build on the success of the World Cup trial, with "full commercial use of 5G expected in 2020-2022." According to Lysenko, the 2019 pilots will target key areas in Moscow:

"These areas fall into two main categories. Crowded places, like parks and central streets, where consumer technology 5G tests and demonstrations will be held, and then innovation centres and technoparks, where technology companies will be able to test industrial 5G."[3]

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