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COBAN, Digital Barriers to provide live facial recognition on police dash cam system


COBAN Technologies has partnered with Digital Barriers to provide live facial recognition and live video streaming technology for the FOCUS H1 police dash cam system.

Digital Barriers SmartVis live facial recognition technology captures and compares images against large watch lists in real-world environments, regardless of changing environmental and lighting conditions, or crowded areas.

The system was designed initially for defence and counter-terrorism, but has now been expanded to wider law enforcement and specialist police operations.

As a result, the technology has been deployed with multiple security and law enforcement agencies using centralized local or cloud-based processing.

“This is the first time that our EdgeVis live video streaming and SmartVis facial recognition solutions are being integrated into widely deployed, standard platforms that are sold into law enforcement,” Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers, said. “We expect to follow this approach by working with many other platforms of this nature so that our cutting edge technology can be available across the regions that we work in. Our intention is to widely target the first responder and broader security markets in particular. For this incredibly high quality video streaming and facial recognition technology to be made available in this way is truly game changing.”

The SmartVis live facial recognition application on FOCUS H1 will deliver the same real-time facial recognition capabilities within the car, without requiring police officers to stream images back to a central location for processing.

SmartVis live facial recognition can also be used on body worn cameras and standard CCTV video surveillance cameras.

The EdgeVis Live video streaming technology provides secure, near zero-latency video over wireless networks, operating at lower bandwidths than any other competing technologies, according to Digital Barriers.

It has been deployed successfully by law enforcement agencies in more than fifty countries around the world in other form factors and now will be available as an application on the FOCUS H1.

The Digital Barriers EdgeVis Live application will allow authorized viewers, such as command and dispatch officers, to view high-quality streaming video from the FOCUS H1 cameras over existing cellular/constrained networks.

“By working with Digital Barriers, COBAN is leveraging the most advanced and proven real-time video streaming and edge analytics applications for facial recognition available today,” said David Kirsch of COBAN Technologies. “COBAN is pleased to be able to include these industry-leading capabilities with the FOCUS H1 to amplify officer awareness and increase public safety. The combination provides law enforcement with critical capabilities in police vehicles that leverages the intelligence in the mobile video platform for greater affordability. It also does it without the need for mass data collection or a reliance on constrained mobile data networks. We are very excited that Digital Barriers is a part of the COBAN FOCUS Partner Program.”

Both applications will leverage the Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputer module embedded in the FOCUS H1 to conduct the necessary analytics for their tasks within the car.

In addition, SmartVis will operate on the live video streams of the FOCUS H1, enabling the system to create a composite from multiple frames to deliver a high level of accuracy and reliability to meet real-world requirements.

Digital Barriers facial recognition technology and live streaming video is expected to be offered on the FOCUS H1 in the US in 2018.

In July, Digital Barriers announced it will be providing SmartVis Face for free to all national and local authorities and agencies in the UK involved in the search for missing young people.

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