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Digital Barriers plc has announced that SmartVis Identifier, described as a live facial recognition system for body-worn cameras. The company says that the integration of its EdgeVis and SmartVis technologies provides defence, security and law enforcement users with real-time facial recognition against watch lists and databases.
The SmartVis facial recognition is already available for standard smartphones and has now been adapted to run live on the company’s body worn cameras. The makers claim that with EdgeVis – their mobile live streaming, already in use – it makes streaming from body worn devices operationally and financially viable.
Zak Doffman, Digital Barriers CEO, says: “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. 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, Digital Barriers says. It says that its solution is different as EdgeVis, pictured, 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 means that an interaction, such as a ‘stop and search’, can be supported when required by real-time facial recognition. Digital Barriers adds that SmartVis Identifier will also be made available to selected service providers and camera and device manufacturers under license.