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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
July 19, 2017

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Digital Barriers launches first live facial recognition system for body-worn cameras

Digital Barriers has launched the world’s first live facial recognition system for body-worn law enforcement cameras.

SmartVis Identifier, which brings together Digital Barriers’ video-streaming platform EdgeVis and analytics solution SmartVis, is targeted at the defence, security and law enforcement markets.

It provides real-time facial recognition against multiple watch lists and databases.

Already available for standard smartphones, SmartVis has been adapted to run live on Digital Barriers’ body-worn cameras that are designed for frontline law enforcement.

“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,” says 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 defence have already deployed this technology and describe it as a ‘game-changer’.”

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Able only to record, not live stream, footage, most body-worn devices are effective for evidence management after the fact, but cannot aid in the protection of officers if they are put in harms way as incidents unfold.

EdgeVis delivers low latency and low bandwidth streaming, including over-the-air access to device recordings and GPS locational data. SmartVis Identifier supports, when required, every interaction, every stop and search, every arrest with real-time facial recognition.

Digital Barriers says the solution removes human error and plugs resourcing gaps, thereby broadening the scope of facial recognition deployments.

SmartVis Identifier will be available alongside EdgeVis on Digital Barriers’ body-worn devices and for selected service providers and camera/device manufacturers under licence.

Digital Barriers provides zero-latency streaming and analysis of secure video and related intelligence over wireless networks. To reduce bandwidth consumption the company harnesses a mixture of cellular, satellite, IP mesh and cloud networks.

Founded in 2009, the company has its origins in military applications but now sells fixed and mobile solutions for covert, remote and wide-area deployments to law enforcement and the commercial security industry too.

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