Huawei acquires Russian facial recognition company for $50mn
05 June 2019 17:54 GMT

Chinese telecom major Huawei has purchased the rights to facial recognition technology developed by Moscow-based security technology firm Vocord, according to Vedomosti.

The acquisition, which is reportedly priced at $50 million, will see employees as well as the technologies of Vocord being transferred to Igl Softlab, a new firm set up by Huawei’s Russian subsidiary and Huawei Digital Technologies.

Vocord is a Moscow-based security systems provider founded in 1999. It has a team of 120 developers, mathematicians, and engineers. The company’s product lines include facial recognition, video surveillance and analysis, video enhancement and authentication, license plate recognition, and audio recording, according to its website.

Huawei’s precurement of the Russian company’s technology came just one day ahead of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia.

President Xi’s visit and his attendance at this year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, amid an escalating Sino-US trade war, will “consolidate the political foundation of Sino-Russian relations, reaffirm their mutual support to each other on issues involving respective core and major concerns, and ensure the ties will not be affected by any change in the international situation,” said China’s vice foreign minister Zhang Hanhui at a press briefing last Thursday.

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