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AI-Assisted Policing Coming to America
« on: April 03, 2018, 09:53:27 pm »

System will work with surveillance video and body cameras to identify wanted suspects and missing people.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that several technology companies are now working with local police departments to develop artificial intelligence systems that will work with video surveillance and body cameras to identify faces in real time.

According to the report:

“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 could then make a decision of whether to stop the suspect or to take some other action …

“The technology underscores law enforcement’s growing dependence on software and high-tech tools, including gun-detection technology, gun-shot detection technology, and predictive analytics.”

The WSJ report also states Motorola Solutions has partnered with Neurala to pair up their respective police communications and body camera and AI technologies. The system, which is set for deployment this fall, will learn faces and be able to spot them in a crowd.

The report notes the facial recognition wouldn’t only help in tracking down wanted fugitives, but also missing persons—particularly missing children. As it takes in more data over the time, the system will become “smarter.”

The body-camera version of the software is reportedly still in development, and has not yet been purchased by police agencies. The report noted the New York Police Department already uses facial recognition software to review surveillance footage—but only after a crime has been committed.

One police officer who has been providing feedback to Motorola as it works out the kinks in the development process said:

“This frees up some of your cognitive space so you aren’t trying to do a thousand things at one time.”

Motorola officials told the WSJ they are working with police departments around the country on the new technology, but none of them would comment.


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