INTERPOL hosts law enforcement showcase for facial recognition and other advanced technologies

Law enforcement and technology experts gathered at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore to consider practical policing applications for facial recognition and other advanced technologies.

The two-day event was organized by INTERPOL’s Innovation Centre and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). It brought together about 50 law enforcement participants from 13 countries with academics and private sector partners to exchange the latest information on developments, uses and challenges related to AI and robotics.

Participants discussed the use of emerging technologies from blockchain-based traceability approaches to crime prediction systems, and considered the ethical implications of those technologies. A call was made during the event for a follow-up meeting on ethics and privacy.

“I believe that we are taking critical first steps to building a platform for ‘future-proofing’ law enforcement,” said Irakli Beridze of the UNICRI Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. “Initiatives such as this will help us to prepare for potential future types of crime and capitalize on technological advancements to develop new and effective tools for law enforcement.”

Companies demonstrated systems for facial recognition, virtual communication, incident prediction and response optimization with police, while police forces shared their experiences with advanced technologies, such as the use of patrolling robots by the Singapore Police Force.

The use of facial recognition by police in South Wales is being challenged in court, even as other forces in the UK plan further trials of the technology. The use of the technology for law enforcement is also causing controversy in the United States.

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