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Posted on July 21, 2017

Live facial recognition from body worn cameras

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Digital Barriers plc has announced SmartVis Identifier, the world's first live facial recognition system for body worn law enforcement cameras. The integration of the company's EdgeVis and SmartVis technologies provides defence, security and law enforcement agencies with real-time facial recognition against multiple watch lists and databases.
 
The SmartVis facial recognition technology is already available for standard smartphones and has now been adapted to run live on the company's body worn cameras designed for frontline law enforcement. Combined with EdgeVis - the world's most effective mobile live streaming solution, already in use with flagship agencies around the world - it makes streaming from body worn devices both operationally and financially viable.
 
"SmartVis facial recognition has been designed to do the job that traditional facial recognition systems cannot; to work in the real world, in real time," commented Zak Doffman, Digital Barriers CEO. "Never before has frontline policing been offered live facial recognition on the type of everyday body worn cameras now being widely deployed. Customers at the forefront of security and defence have already deployed this technology and describe it as a "game changer".
 
Until now, body worn devices have been largely limited to record-only, making them useful for evidence management after the fact but doing nothing to promote officer safety. Digital Barriers' solution is different as EdgeVis delivers low latency and low bandwidth streaming, including over-the-air access to device recordings and GPS locational data. Now, the addition of live facial recognition to the solution means that for the first time every interaction, every stop and search, every arrest, can be supported when required by real-time facial recognition.
 
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SmartVis Face provides a major leap forward for the capability and practicality of facial recognition within day-to-day policing. The system has been designed to meet the frontline operational requirements of defence, security and law enforcement agencies, as well as the broader security industry. By removing human error from the equation and plugging resourcing gaps, it enables organisations to significantly widen their deployments of facial recognition to enhance security and public safety, with identities confirmed and persons of interest highlighted in real time.
 
In addition to being available alongside EdgeVis on Digital Barriers' body worn devices, SmartVis Identifier will also be made available to selected service providers and camera and device manufacturers under license.
 
Source and top image: Digital Barriers plc