Real-time facial recognition could soon be used on police body cameras to catch criminals and find missing people

Monday, July 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

Motorola has partnered with AI startup Neurala to create new ‘smart cameras’
Smart cameras can ‘learn’ a face and then scan hundreds of faces looking for it
AI-driven cameras could help police find targets in ‘suspicious’ environments
The companies are still in the process of developing a prototype smart camera

17 July 2017

Police could one day use body cameras fitted with real-time facial recognition to help them catch criminals and find missing people.

Motorola has partnered with artificial intelligence startup Neurala to create smart cameras capable of independently searching for criminals and missing children.

The companies are still developing a prototype, but hope the AI-driven cameras could soon help police find targets in ‘suspicious’ or ‘chaotic’ environments.

‘We see powerful potential for artificial intelligence to improve safety and efficiency for our customers, which in turn helps create safer communities,’ said Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer at Motorola.

‘But applying AI in a public safety setting presents unique challenges.

‘Neurala’s ‘edge learning’ capabilities will help us explore solutions for a variety of public safety workflows such as finding a missing child or investigating an object of interest, such as a bicycle.’

Neurala has created patent-pending facial recognition software capable of working on very small computers, allowing it to be incorporated into wearable devices.

Motorola said today that the software will be combined with its devices, including its Si500 body-worn camera.

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