May 18, 2016 -
According to a report by ABC10, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has been testing facial recognition technology developed by Vigilant Solutions for the past year.
Last June, Vigilant Solutions supplied four officers with iPhones and proprietary technology for a pilot project. Now, 500 officers are being trained to use the facial recognition app in the field.
Vigilant Solutions also manufactures the license plate reader used by the sheriff’s department.
The facial recognition solution compares photos of suspects to local mugshots, as well as other databases made available through Vigilant Solutions, including sex offender registry lists.
According to a sheriff’s department representative, the technology will be used by officers to generate leads in an investigation. There are no current plans to use the technology to actively scan surveillance cameras, nor will it be used to find suspects in crowds at events.
The department is developing a four-hour certification course to train officers on how to best use the technology.
Last month it was announced that Roger Rodriguez, a world-renowned facial recognition expert, had joined Vigilant Solutions in the role of Manager of Image Analytics.