WatchGuard Video launches facial recognition-based redaction software

October 18, 2016 - 

Law enforcement video evidence solutions firm WatchGuard Video has released REDACTIVE, a video and audio redaction software that expedites the redaction process for evidence technicians and law enforcement officers.

REDACTIVE’s advanced facial recognition technology automatically detects and identifies human faces. This capability reduces the elements of the video which are falsely detected as human, along with the overall time spent manually searching and marking the video for redaction.

Users initially prompt the software to auto-detect any face in the video, and once auto-detection is completed, the software allows the user to select and redact the face or faces throughout the video.

“The software is simple to use and extraordinarily powerful in its ability to accurately identify human faces quickly through an entire video clip,” said Steve Coffman, president of WatchGuard.

Redaction requirements can vary from a specific basis, such as the redaction of minors, to a more broad basis, such as the redaction of uninvolved bystanders.

“Today’s redaction tools simply aren’t keeping up, forcing agencies to either miss submission deadlines or compromise their output by delivering video that blurs out the entire screen and everything useful,” said Coffman. “REDACTIVE’s technology reduces the complexity, allowing the evidence technician or officer to deliver the very best redacted video evidence in the shortest amount of time possible.”

WatchGuard is currently taking orders for REDACTIVE and will begin shipping December 1, 2016.

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