COBAN & Digital Barriers Partner on Live Facial Recog for Police Dash

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

COBAN FOCUS H1 police dash cam system
COBAN FOCUS H1 police dash cam system

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 defense 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 centralized 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 Face was featured on Sky News bulletins, which looked at the deployment of facial recognition by police responsible for keeping crowds safe at festivals and football matches. Courtesy of Sky News and YouTube)

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 authorized viewers, such as command and dispatch officers, to view superior-quality streaming video from the FOCUS H1 cameras over existing cellular/constrained networks.

(Learn More, courtesy of Sky News and YouTube)

“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.

David Kirsch of COBAN Technologies
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 leverage 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.

COBAN Technologies logoSmartVis 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 will be offered on the FOCUS H1 in 2018.

(Learn More. A need to counter terror attacks such as in Paris and Istanbul is driving a surge in demand for technology developed by Digital Barriers, says its chief executive Zak Doffman. Selling to law enforcement agencies worldwide, revenues are growing by 50% annually and Doffman sees no reason for the pace to slow as the need for ‘intelligent’ CCTV technologies grows. Courtesy of Proactive Investors Stocktube and YouTube. Posted on Jun 30, 2016)