Digital Barriers has announced that it will provide its facial recognition technology at no cost to police and government authorities in the UK to aid in the search for missing persons.
The news comes very soon after Digital Barriers’ launch of facial recognition technology for police body cameras, enabling live scans in the field as police do their work. The system, called SmartVis Identifier, is based on the company’s EdgeVis platform, which essentially offers the same service through smartphone cameras.
In a statement announcing the new initiative to offer the technology to police and related authorities, Digital Barriers CEO Zak Doffman highlighted the potential of this technology in helping to find missing persons, saying it’s “clearly an exceptional benefit of this new technology and we want to ensure that it’s widely available.” As for interested authorities, “If the agency or authority provides access to suitable cameras and PCs, we’ll do the rest,” Doffman said.
While facial recognition technology has long been of interest to police authorities around the world, it could be picking up steam in the UK, with South Wales Police having recently equipped patrol cars with facial recognition technology, leading to at least one arrest of a wanted criminal so far.
July 27, 2017 – by Alex Perala