Motorola Solutions, a global leader in mission-critical communications, has acquired VaaS International Holdings, Inc., (VaaS), a global provider of AI-driven image capture and analysis technology, for a purchase price of $445 million in a combination of cash and equity.
VaaS, a “video analysis as a service” company, is a leading global provider of data and image analytics for vehicle location.
The company’s image capture and analysis platform, which includes fixed and mobile license plate reader cameras driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence, provides vehicle location data to public safety and commercial customers.
Its subsidiaries include Vigilant Solutions for law enforcement users, which was recognized in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, and Digital Recognition Network (DRN) for commercial customers.
VaaSs 2019 revenues are expected to be approximately $100 million.
“Automated license plate recognition is an increasingly powerful tool for law enforcement,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions.
“With this acquisition, VaaS will expand our command center software portfolio with the largest shareable database of vehicle location information that can help shorten response times and improve the speed and accuracy of investigations.”
VaaS’ platform enables controllable, audited data-sharing across multiple law enforcement agencies.
Vehicle location information can help accelerate time to resolution and improve outcomes for public safety agencies, particularly when combined with police records.
For example, law enforcement has used VaaS’ solutions to quickly apprehend dangerous suspects and find missing persons.
“We are very excited to be joining Motorola Solutions,” said Shawn Smith, co-founder of VaaS and president of Vigilant Solutions.
“This acquisition enables us to continue to serve our existing customers and expand our footprint globally, while at the same time supporting a company with a commitment to innovation and growth, guided by a common purpose that aligns with our mission and culture: ‘To help people be their best in the moments that matter.’ It doesn’t get any better than that.”
“Our extensive license plate data and AI technology have opened new commercial applications of our products,” explained Todd Hodnett, co-founder of VaaS and president of Digital Recognition Network.
“We believe commercialization of these new applications can be accelerated under the Motorola Solutions brand and reach, and we look forward to working together to grow and diversify our commercial business.”
License plate reading is a highly specialized practice that requires purpose-built cameras and analytics.
VaaS’ fixed and mobile license plate reader cameras can capture and analyze license plate information, which differs greatly by state and country, even when vehicles are moving at high speeds or in low-visibility weather conditions.
Vigilant Solutions, continued their winning streak in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Program securing Four ‘ASTORS’ Awards for their AI and data analytics technologies for law enforcement, receiving a Platinum, two Gold and a Silver Win in 2018.
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The VigilantCampus suite of solutions, a combination Vigilant’s PlateSearch (license plate recognition) and FaceAlert (facial recognition) solutions – is an alert system designed to provide law enforcement three to five minutes to disrupt, interdict and stop a threat actor before he reaches his target.
VigilantCampus Solutions work within the perimeters of an organization’s campus to monitor and identify potential threats, including sex offenders, known criminals, expelled students, disgruntled former employees, barred community members (e.g., gang members, drug dealers, etc.) and non-custodial parents or estranged partners.
Owned and maintained by the campuses, VigilantCampus is an alert and notification service deployed locally within the campus infrastructure to support any existing security measures by providing immediate notification to campus officials/security when unauthorized personnel are approaching or have physically entered onto campus grounds.
Additionally, a campus can create its own database of safe-designated and threat-designated individuals and vehicles – and change it at any time.
When the system identifies a known subject from a Watchlist, campus personnel may react to the alert internally or choose to escalate the alert directly to local police.
A VigilantCampus location is any building or group of buildings that could be the target of a threat actor.
(FaceAlert enables law enforcement to monitor existing IP video surveillance cameras for facial cataloging. FaceAlert analyzes each video frame for the presence of a human face and creates a thumbnail that can be retrieved by location, date or time. In addition to facial cataloging, FaceAlert also offers near-real-time monitoring of watchlists with built-in alerting and notification capabilities and a seamless integration with Vigilant’s FaceSearch. Courtesy of Vigilant Solutions and YouTube.)
PlateSearch helps thousands of law enforcement agencies of all sizes, to help apprehend suspects and solve crimes, including homicide, human trafficking, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, rape, drug trafficking, terrorism, carjackings and much more.
PlateSearch is an incredible force multiplier that enables agencies to develop more leads, and when agencies solve crimes, they prevent future crime, protect officers and create safer communities.
(When lives are on the line, every second counts. Every tool available to help develop leads and solve crimes counts, too. License Plate Recognition technology helps law enforcement agencies solve more crimes. Courtesy of Vigilant Solutions and YouTube.)
Vigilant’s FaceSearch is an easy-to-use facial recognition solution that works to generate quality investigative leads for public safety.
Available via the web, on mobile devices and as a PC-based application, FaceSearch was developed by Vigilant Solutions to deliver a functional, scalable and affordable solution hosted in the cloud, that offers easy importing and integration capabilities.
FaceSearch relies on over 350 facial vectoring algorithms, and users can compare an image against a gallery of tens of millions of images pre-populated from open source data, including mugshots, registered sex offenders and CrimeStopper websites.
Users can easily upload and integrate a local image from jail management systems, CCTV cameras and other sources.
(FaceSearch provides preprocessing capabilities and analyzes faces to convert images, both high and poor-quality into suitable probe images for searching. Compare your images against Vigilant’s gallery, which houses over 15 million images so that you can begin developing leads and solve cases faster. Courtesy of Vigilant Solutions and YouTube.)
User-friendly, GunOps is a cloud-based, secure, on-demand software application that uses resilient and proprietary grid storage technology that enables firearm examiners, detectives and intelligence analysts to work as a team, linking gun crimes and suspects – to solve crimes.
GunOps is an investigative tool currently used by several high-profile public safety agencies across N America.
Law enforcement agencies can use GunOps strategically to link crimes by mapping out hot spots and using advanced analytics to take prolific offenders off the street earlier and faster, thereby reducing violent crime.
Additionally, GunOps visualization and association capabilities are used by LEAs to deploy their department’s resources more efficiently, where and when they are needed.
(GunOps enables a visual and interactive way to monitor recovered firearm evidence as it is booked into the police department. This allows Crime Lab Technicians to filter and view firearm-related evidence according to geographical areas, which then enables the operator to more quickly zero in on the targets of greatest opportunity to success. Courtesy of Vigilant Solutions and YouTube.)
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!