Hawk: Image Recognition Application using Rust and AWS Services

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    Partner: Knoldus

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    Technologies Used: Rust, Cargo, AWS (S3, Rekognition, Lambda), Terraform

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    Domain: IOT

About Hawk:

Hawk is a security system in Rust which uses AWS services like S3, Rekognition, Lambda, etc to get the similarity score of two images sent through the Rust application. This application hits the API Gateway that invokes the AWS lambda function. The Lambda function then interacts with the AWS Rekognition with the help of the CompareFaces API and responds with a similarity score between the two images i.e the one clicked from the Raspberry Pi camera and the one being the reference image for the user stored in an S3 bucket. The similarity score will decide if the person entering the premises is the one whose RFID card is being scanned or not. If not the image stored in the S3 bucket would help us identify who was using the RFID card illegitimately. Kafka configured Rust code enables us to use the application as a simulator for the real scenario.


The major problems which we faced were as follows:

  • Interaction with AWS Lambda using Rust.

  • Making Hawk asynchronous.

  • Incompatibility between Kafka and OpenSSL which is used to cross-compile our code.

Our Solution

Triggering the AWS Lambda function was tricky so we decided to work it through AWS API Gateway service. The Rust code hits the API Gateway and it further triggers the Lambda function. We resolved Hawk asynchronous problem by taking the reference from Tokio doc which itself was built on rust futures crate. We fixed the cross-compilation issue by ignoring the default features of Kafka by setting [default_features=false]. We used OpenSSL version 0.10 with feature [vendored].


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The benefits of working with Hawk manifolds the followings:

  • Enhances the security of the premises.

  • It depends upon the highly reliable AWS services.

  • Portable and adjustable as per requirements.

  • Quick response time.

  • Help gather data for the management to understand the pattern of Check-In time!

  • Integrated with any type of first-phase authentication system with the help of a Kafka Producer.

Hawk is an open source project. You can find the source code here: All contributions are welcome. If you want to contribute, please create a GitHub issue and raise a pull request.

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