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Austin police deploy Hitachi facial recognition software


The Austin, Texas police department has deployed a sensor aggregation platform from Hitachi Data Systems Federal, in an effort to conduct criminal investigations more efficiently, according to a report by Government Video.

The Hitachi Visualization Suite includes several third-party plugins, such as camera sources, a range of map types, crime analytics, license plate readers, facial recognition software and drone detection tools, all in a unified web interface.

“Our organization uses the Hitachi Visualization Suite to gain greater intelligence of what is happening in our community,” said Troy Gay, an assistant chief at the Austin Police Department. “Tools like HVS give us the ability to aggregate information from a wide variety of sources to ensure we are spending time putting the pieces of the investigation together rather than searching for readily available information.”

THe main interface displays the user’s various choices while plugin icons such as security cameras popup where they are physically located on a corresponding map, providing users with a more comprehensive visual perspective of the area under surveillance.

Assistant Chief Gay said HVS’ video functions provides “an extra set of eyes [they] did not previously have.”

The Hitachi Visualization Suite has been used in several security applications, such as large venue concerts or professional sporting events at stadiums.

In addition, the Washington DC police department has deployed platform for their own command and control operations, according to HDS Federal.

A full video demo of the Hitachi Visualization Suite can be viewed here.

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