Amazon is selling facial recognition technology to U.S. law enforcement agencies, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported today. Emails obtained by the ACLU through freedom of information requests show that the company worked with the city of Orlando, Florida and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon to deploy Rekognition, an AI facial recognition platform that can parse through databases of millions of people. Law enforcement agencies in California, Arizona, and other cities have also expressed an interest in adopting the technology. In most cases, Amazon charged as little as $400 for setup and “just a few dollars” each month thereafter. Rekognition, despite being cheaper than competing systems from NEC and other traditional vendors, is superior in several respects. It can track up to 100 people in real-time camera footage, according to the company’s marketing materials, even when their faces aren’t visible or they’ve … [Read more...] about Amazon is selling facial recognition technology to U.S. law enforcement
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Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Screen grab from YouTube Screen grab from YouTube Tech companies are trying to sell police real-time facial recognition systems, which can track and identify people as they walk down the street. As NPR reported two weeks ago, American police have generally held off, but there's new evidence that one police department — Orlando, Fla. — has decided to try it out. What's more, Orlando ordered its facial recognition system from Amazon. This information was uncovered by the ACLU, which noticed that law enforcement customers were mentioned in the marketing of Amazon's "Rekognition" service. Until now, American police have used facial recognition primarily to compare still photos from crime scenes with mug shots. But now Amazon and Orlando are taking it further, by using facial recognition to spot people in real time. "City of Orlando is a launch partner of ours," Amazon's Ranju Das recently told a … [Read more...] about Orlando Police Testing Amazon’s Real-Time Facial Recognition
When Australia's Department of Home Affairs is training its facial recognition systems, it is using multiple algorithms and a diverse collection of imagery to avoid any bias in the system. "We tune our algorithms all the time against a wide-ranging algorithm, we are very fortunate in Australia that we are a multicultural society, we get people coming in and out of the country from various nationalities," Acting Deputy Secretary of Intelligence and Capability at the department Joe Franzi told Senate Estimates on Tuesday. "We don't use just one algorithm, we use a number of algorithms." Franzi said the size of the data set used to train the system was key to avoiding bias, and cited the case of an unnamed Chinese system that performed well against Asian faces but struggled with people of other races. Based on working with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, Franzi claimed Home Affairs' algorithms are in the top three. Responding to figures from South Wales … [Read more...] about Home Affairs thankful Australia’s diversity allows for improved facial recognition
Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image NEC Corporation of America already supplies many American jurisdictions with still photo facial recognition. Now the company says its getting law enforcement inquiries about its real-time facial recognition. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption toggle caption Martin Kaste/NPR NEC Corporation of America already supplies many American jurisdictions with still photo facial recognition. Now the company says its getting law enforcement inquiries about its real-time facial recognition. Martin Kaste/NPR You've seen it in the movies for years: Security cameras find a face in a crowd, and — Enhance! — a computer comes up with a name. It was Hollywood fantasy: in real life, facial recognition was just too error-prone to work that quickly, especially with live video streams. But now the tech fantasy is becoming a reality. Facial recognition accuracy rates have jumped dramatically in the last couple of years, … [Read more...] about Real-Time Facial Recognition Is Available, But Will U.S. Police Buy It?
The facial recognition system built by NEC and used by South Wales Police has been shown to have an abysmal hit ratio, following the release of figures by the service. First noticed by Wired, the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff produced 173 "True Positive Alerts", and 2,297 false positives, representing a successful positive for 7 percent of identifications. The service said in a statement that it uses a watchlist of half a million custody images, and its use has been a "resounding success". South Wales Police said the high number of false positives at the Cardiff final was due to poor quality images supplied by UEFA, Interpol, and other agencies; an old NEC algorithm; and it being the first major deployment. "Since we introduced the facial recognition technology no individual has been arrested where a false positive alert has led to an intervention and no members of the public have complained," the police force said. The facial recognition is completed on live … [Read more...] about Facial recognition system had 7 percent hit rate at 2017 Champions League Final