Face recognition available in Cloud to UK law enforcement

Identity and Allevate Identity E2E and Allevate Limited announced on May 28 the Cloud-hosted availability of MXSERVER to improve the efficiency of police and intelligence operations in combatting organized crime, terrorist activities and civil unrest.

As trained investigators can now spend a fraction of the amount of time repetitively watching significant volumes of media, they are freed to intelligently apply their skills to other tasks and demands where they are best suited.

Peter Wales from Identity E2E said, “Our security services are faced with a relentless increase in digital media — from police body worn video, online sources such as Facebook and YouTube, confiscated phones and computers and, increasingly, ‘crowd-sourced’ from members of the public.” He continued, “Until now, there has been no easy and cost-effective way to access the intelligence this media contains. Experienced and expensive human capital has been assigned the rote task of watching countless hours of video in the hope of finding useful information.”

MXSERVER, from Tygart Technology, processes vast amounts of textual, video and photo collections quickly — automatically discovering, grouping and extracting segments depicting people. Using face recognition technology, this solution searches media archives to find other assets which depict individuals of interest. It also indexes the digital media to enable it to be efficiently searched using a photograph of a face, previewed and analyzed via an intuitive Web-based user interface. Results become available in minutes rather than hours or days because the digital media files are processed in parallel over a distributed cloud-architecture.

Allevate emphasizes that “MXSERVER delivers a Big Data solution for law enforcement’s growing video and photo assets. It provides a significantly enhanced identification capability that is quicker and more efficient than manually watching video.”

Identity E2E and Allevate have chosen Skyscape, the service provider of choice for Assured Cloud Services to the UK Public Sector, to host the MXSERVER service. Accredited hosting environments up to Impact Level 3 can be made available to store and process digital media. Alternatively, clients may elect to host MXSERVER within their own secure facilities for dealing with the highly sensitive data.

Access to both the software and all hosting and storage services are available on the
G-Cloud v “CloudStore,” using an easy-to-calculate monthly service fee. The GCloud catalog is open to all public sector clients and is designed to provide a simple streamlined process for buying ICT-focused products and services as a commodity without having to invite tenders from suppliers.

To better understand MXSERVER, click below to watch a video: