Digital Barriers has announced it will be making its live facial recognition software available at no cost to national and local authorities and agencies in the UK involved in the search for missing young people. The automatic facial recognition system, SmartVis Face, has been built around machine learning with the purpose of tracking criminals and terror suspects against watch lists.
After being launched for use on fixed surveillance cameras as well as smartphones and police body worn cameras, there has been a significant response in regards to the availability of this new capability. One question has been how facial recognition can be utilised outside of crime-based law enforcement, including in the search for missing young people passing through major towns and cities.
SmartVis Face is a non-conformant technology that works on standard cameras and hardware, including smartphones, addressing the challenges of cost, changing lighting and environmental conditions. The technology can be used to match faces against lists of missing young people by targeting public spaces such as railway and bus stations, triggering alerts which inform relevant agencies and authorities when vulnerable young people are detected. The technology will also be provided for use on smartphones that can be used to check vulnerable young people against lists of those who have been reported as missing.
Combined with EdgeVis, a mobile live streaming solution, it makes streaming from various devices both operationally and financially viable. By removing human error from the equation and plugging resourcing gaps, it enables organisations to significantly widen their deployments of facial recognition to enhance security and public safety, with identities confirmed and relevant people highlighted in real time.