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Face redaction startup Suspect Technologies plans to enter facial recognition market


AI computer vision startup Suspect Technologies is planning a funding round to expand from facial redaction products to facial recognition systems for law enforcement agencies to cross-reference with watch lists in real-time and post production, BostInno reports.

So far Suspect is providing technology to companies supplying body cameras for law enforcement agencies that redacts faces from videos to protect individual’s privacy and save agencies time and money.

The market for redacting faces from law enforcement video has been created by the practice of publicly releasing video related to investigations and incidents involving law enforcement, but the process can be time-consuming, and therefore costly. Sniff says redacting faces manually from a ten-minute video can take over an hour, whereas Suspect’s technology reduces the process to under 30 minutes, and even less in some cases.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company has raised $500,000 from early investors, including tech business celebrity Mark Cuban, and counts PatrolEyes, Wolfcom, and Vievu among its current customers, Suspect CEO and Co-Founder Jacob Sniff told BostInno. The company is also piloting its facial recognition technology internationally with a smart camera manufacturer, and plans to offer it for use in surveillance cameras.

Suspect’s facial recognition technology is deployed at the entrance to the locker room of the Cuban-owned Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, where it provides team players and staff with personalized information, and identifies individuals unauthorized to enter.

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