COBAN Technologies, Inc., a provider of body-worn cameras and in-car video solutions for law enforcement, has announced that it is partnering with Digital Barriers to provide live facial recognition and live video streaming technology for the FOCUS H1 police dash cam system.

Digital Barriers SmartVis

Digital Barriers SmartVis live facial recognition technology has been proven against large watch lists in real-world environments, overcoming the changing environmental and lighting conditions, as well as the challenge of crowded spaces that sees other systems fail.

Designed initially for defence and counter-terrorism, the technology is now available to wider law enforcement and specialist police operations and has been deployed with multiple security and law enforcement agencies using centralised local or cloud-based processing. The SmartVis live facial recognition application on FOCUS H1 will provide this same real-time facial recognition within the car, without having to stream images back to a central location for processing. SmartVis live facial recognition can also work via body worn cameras and standard CCTV video surveillance cameras.

Reliable live video from vehicles

The EdgeVis Live video streaming technology from Digital Barriers that will be made available on the FOCUS H1 provides secure, near zero-latency video over wireless networks, operating at lower bandwidths than any other technology on the market today, making reliable, live video from vehicles a reality for the first time.

It has been deployed successfully by law enforcement agencies in more than fifty countries around the world in other form factors and now will be available as an application on the FOCUS H1.  The Digital Barriers EdgeVis Live application will allow authorised viewers, such as command and dispatch officers, to view superior-quality streaming video from the FOCUS H1 cameras over existing cellular/constrained networks.

COBAN is leveraging the
most advanced real-time applications for facial recognition available today

Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers said, “This is the first time that our EdgeVis live video streaming and SmartVis facial recognition solutions are being integrated into widely deployed, standard platforms that are sold into law enforcement. We expect to follow this approach by working with many other platforms of this nature so that our cutting-edge technology can be available across the regions that we work in. Our intention is to widely target the first responder and broader security markets in particular. For this incredibly high-quality video streaming and facial recognition technology to be made available in this way is truly game changing.”

Artificial Intelligence supercomputer

"By working with Digital Barriers, COBAN is leveraging the most advanced and proven real-time video streaming and edge analytics applications for facial recognition available today,” said David Kirsch of COBAN Technologies.

"COBAN is pleased to be able to include these industry-leading capabilities with the FOCUS H1 to amplify officer awareness and increase public safety. The combination provides law enforcement with critical capabilities in police vehicles that leverages the intelligence in the mobile video platform for greater affordability. It also does it without the need for mass data collection or a reliance on constrained mobile data networks. We are very excited that Digital Barriers is a part of the COBAN FOCUS Partner Program."

Both applications will take advantage of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputer module embedded in the FOCUS H1 to perform the necessary analytics for their tasks within the car. SmartVis will operate on the live video streams of the FOCUS H1, enabling it to build a composite from multiple frames to deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability to meet real-world requirements.

It is expected that the Digital Barriers facial recognition technology and live streaming video will be offered on the FOCUS H1 in the US in 2018.

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