Automated Identity Protection Addresses Key Obstacle in Police Departments’ Adoption of Body Worn Video
AVR to be showcased at IACP Annual Conference and Exposition
SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2015 – VIEVU, an industry leader in body worn video (“BWV”) and data management solutions today announced the introduction of its Automated Video Redaction (“AVR”) technology, a highly advanced redaction tool built to automatically blur faces and objects, without user involvement, recorded on body worn cameras in order to protect the privacy and identity of victims, innocent bystanders, minors and undercover police officers. VIEVU’s offering of AVR addresses a critical need of police departments, which have delayed their adoption of BWV due to the absence of available redaction technology.
AVR’s technology is optimized for body worn or dashboard camera footage, which faces unique challenges due to movement, poor lighting, and low resolution. The VIEVU AVR system employs an advanced algorithm which automatically tracks faces and identifiers, allowing them to be easily blurred and reduces the time it takes to redact a video by over 10x. Most departments qualify for access to the VIEVU AVR system when they sign up for the VIEVU Solution Cloud Hosted Evidence system built on Microsoft Azure Government.
“We are proud to introduce the VIEVU AVR technology to be used with our best-in-class video system, which provides transparency and protection to police officers and communities around the world,” said Steve Ward, President of VIEVU. “Police departments, which must be responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests, looking to adopt body worn cameras face a substantial challenge in protecting identities through footage redaction. The cutting-edge AVR system offered by VIEVU will lessen the burden on police departments and simplify the redaction process, allowing for increased adoption of body worn cameras around the world.”
Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group, commented, “AVR complements VIEVU’s already outstanding technology platform offering. This system will transform a formerly time-intensive task restricted to video specialists into an automated function, which department officers and security professionals can perform themselves, in minutes, driving enormous time and cost savings for departments around the world.”
VIEVU’s AVR technology was developed in partnership with Suspect Technologies, Inc. VIEVU will debut and demonstrate its AVR technology at the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago on October 24-27, 2015.
Made by Cops, for Cops, VIEVU is a leader in body worn video (BWV), providing a secure, high-resolution video cameras for law enforcement, security, emergency medical services and retailers. Built on police experience, VIEVU body worn video cameras are used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies in 17 countries. For information please visit www.vievu.com
About The Safariland Group
The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, Med-Eng®, ABA®, Second Chance®, VIEVU®, Mustang Survival®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. For information please visit http://www.safariland.com.
About Suspect Technologies, Inc.
Suspect Technologies develops next generation artificial intelligence products for privacy and security domains. The first products include privacy and identity management tools for law enforcement agencies and enterprise businesses. Suspect Technologies was founded in 2014 by an imaging research scientist from MIT. Suspect Technologies is based in Cambridge, MA USA. For information please visit www.suspecttech.com
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