Motorola and Neurala are working together to enable cameras to recognise targets such as people and objects. The Motorola cameras will be using Neurala software to recognise something with no time lag, offering great advances in public safety and policing.

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What Has Changed?

Neurala’s ‘At the edge’ technology enables the camera to learn to identify an object or person without lengthy training of the artificial intelligence, something that has hitherto been required when using artificial intelligence. Instead of training the AI (artificial intelligence) to recognise an object, the ‘at the edge’ technology uses incremental learning to learn about the object and recognise it almost instantly.

One of the major benefits of the technology is the technology will not forget what it is looking for, something that has been a problem with AI where the network has forgotten its training. This is known as ‘catastrophic forgetting’ and is considered the biggest obstacle when using AI for real time applications. A prototype is in development to test its capabilities.

What Are the Benefits of This Technology?

Used with a body worn camera, this technology could help transform policing and enhance public safety. The manufacturers anticipate that the technology will be adopted by police forces and other public facing bodies to help tackle crime and look for missing persons. The hope is that the technology will be rolled out to increase the efficacy of those using it as well, so that wearers of body worn cameras such as will be confident that their technology will keep up with them.

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As well as providing workers with current information, the cameras used in conjunction with the software will be able to identify the object/person in question, bringing about a swift resolution while providing all the necessary footage for use in any litigious outcome. The cameras can be used to solve crime but also to help with missing person cases where time is critical. With this information readily available the intelligence can be shared out to bring about a rapid response and a greater chance of finding the individual in question.

This technology can be used in a crowded or disordered setting, making it the ideal tool when spotting a suspicious object or when tracking a suspect, enhancing public safety and ensuring peace of mind.

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