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Digital Barriers releases live facial recognition system for body-worn cameras


Digital Barriers has released SmartVis Identifier, which the company calls the world’s first live facial recognition system for body worn law enforcement cameras.

The company integrated its EdgeVis and SmartVis technologies to provide defense, security and law enforcement agencies with real-time facial recognition against multiple watchlists and databases.

The SmartVis facial recognition technology, which was previously available for standard smartphones, has now been adapted to run live on Digital Barriers’ body worn cameras designed for frontline law enforcement.

Combined with mobile live streaming solution EdgeVis, it makes streaming from body worn devices both operationally and financially viable.

“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,” said Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers. “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 defense have already deployed this technology and describe it as a “game changer”.

Up until now, body worn devices have been mostly confined to record-only, which serves as an effective form of evidence management but failed to promote officer safety.

Digital Barriers’ solution differs from these devices in that it features EdgeVis’ low latency and low bandwidth streaming, including over-the-air access to device recordings and GPS locational data.

The integration of SmartVis Face ensures that every interaction, stop and search, and arrest, is supported by real-time facial recognition.

SmartVis Face is designed to meet the frontline operational requirements of defense, security and law enforcement agencies, as well as the broader security industry.

The face-recognition solution removes human error from the equation and plugging resourcing gaps, enabling organizations to significantly widen their deployments of facial recognition to improve security and public safety, with identities confirmed and persons of interest highlighted in real time.

In addition to being available alongside EdgeVis on Digital Barriers’ body worn devices, SmartVis Identifier will also be available to selected service providers and camera and device manufacturers under license.

Earlier this year, Digital Barriers secured a recurring revenue software contract for its facial recognition technology with Careem, a ride-sharing provider operating in more than fifty cities in the Middle East and North Africa.

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