Tech Firms Helping Police ID Faces in Real Time

Several technology companies are working with police departments to develop capability to add artificial intelligence to video surveillance and body cameras that could identify faces in real time, potentially expanding the reach of police surveillance. The body-camera technology is expected to be ready by the fall.

Several technology companies are working with police departments to develop  capability to add artificial intelligence to video surveillance and body cameras that could identify faces in real time, potentially expanding the reach of police surveillance, the Wall Street Journal reports. The body-camera technology, expected to be ready by the fall, hasn’t yet been purchased by police departments and is still in the development stage. Police departments already use facial recognition to review surveillance footage after a crime has occurred. The new software uses an algorithm to tell an officer on the spot, through a body camera or a video surveillance camera, that it has found a suspect. The officer then must decide  whether to stop the suspect or take some other action.

The technology underscores law enforcement’s growing dependence on software and high-tech tools, including gun-shot-detection technology and predictive analytics. The tools have been hailed by law-enforcement, but raise concerns about privacy. Chicago-based Motorola Solutions , a maker of police communications and body-camera technology, has partnered with artificial-intelligence company Neurala  to produce a body-worn camera, ready for deployment this fall, that executives say will learn to identify a suspect or a missing child and spot them in a crowd. The technology would get smarter by taking in more data over time. “This frees up some of your cognitive space so you aren’t trying to do a thousand things at one time,” said a sergeant at a Midwest police force, who is working with Motorola to provide feedback on the technology. Motorola said it is working with a number of departments around the country.

from https://thecrimereport.org