Fighting crime and protecting civilians has always been at the forefront of a police officer’s agenda. Whenever an officer is out in the field, they are putting their lives on the line and are ready to tackle whatever obstacle or life-threatening occurrence comes their way. 

These events are always caught on camera, whether it be by mobile devices of bystanders and onlookers or by police-worn body cameras. In fact, body cameras worn by the police typically serve two purposes; one they improve officer safety and communication when working in stressful environments and secondly, in the event where a situation gets out of hand and people are injured or lives are lost, they help to provide a factual account of what happened. 

The main issue with video footage obtained by these means is that police are not able to view the footage in real-time to perform their job better and ensure the safety of their fellow officers and nearby civilians. 

Using cutting-edge Access Point AI technology that protects the privacy of innocent citizens and reduces operational overhead, officers can leverage the video footage from body-worn cameras by identifying persons of interest (such as criminals on a Most Wanted list or even missing persons) and assessing their threat levels in real-time. 

Improving Officer Safety in Stressful Environments 

The routine traffic stop is actually one of the most dangerous situations for police officers since it puts them into direct contact with civilians who may be under the influence or prone to violence. Having some situational awareness about the people they’re interacting with will enable them to better de-escalate situations, especially when dealing with individuals who are of no threat. 

Using real-time alerts and notifications that provide police with the ability to identify those around them and determine their threat level, whether during 1-on-1 encounters or in large group environments, police can better respond to stressful situations and react appropriately. 

Providing Video Evidence

In an event where someone does get hurt, being able to further investigate the situation by searching through the body-camera’s video footage directly on their mobile device– even when there is no WiFi connection and — is crucial. Many times, officers need to wait until they can return back to their precinct before being able to investigate, which is inefficient and wastes precious time. 

The Benefits of AnyVision OnPatrol 

AnyVision OnPatrol is a tactical surveillance mobile application that protects law enforcement and military personnel by delivering real-time alerts about Persons of Interest (POIs) on their mobile device (e.g., phone, bodycam).  

The application features all the benefits of our desktop platform on your mobile edge device, in addition to unique, on-the-go capabilities, helping to better protect law enforcement agents and security officers while also achieving a higher level of operational efficiency and flexibility on the ground– without the need of powerful on-premise servers.

Whether in the field, underground, in a remote area, or around hundreds of people, OnPatrol provides your police force with real-time alerts and video stream data from their body cameras. This equips officers with the ability to determine the identity of dangerous or missing persons and better assess the threat level of a situation without the need for internet or backend connectivity. 

Privacy and Ethics at the Core of Our Solution

AnyVision does not collect or share any data with any third parties. In fact, we don’t even capture images of people being surveilled. The watchlists that comprise the reference data for our facial recognition algorithms are created and uploaded from our law enforcement customers of known felons and missing persons. The facial data that is captured in the field is rendered using mathematical vectors which are encrypted — making the data unusable if it is lost or stolen. Unlike other facial recognition companies, we do not scrape images of citizens from third-party data sources (e.g., Google images, Instagram or LinkedIn). The only data which is uploaded into OnPatrol are individuals on the watchlist.

AnyVision allows only the collection of data that is strictly necessary for the purposes of data processing (data minimization) and we enable our customers to automatically and/or selectively clear data from an active database at the end of a certain period, or to easily delete unused data. Moreover, we do not analyze the faces of any individual that is not uploaded from the customer’s database and have no way to know the identity of individuals whose images are not provided. All data is stored locally on the machine of our customers which means that AnyVision does not  have access to your data. 

The launch of AnyVision OnPatrol coincides with the recent announcement by the U.S. Justice Department that the Bureau of Justice Assistance is releasing $7.65 million USD in a competitive microgrant grant solicitation that will fund body-worn cameras to any law enforcement department with 50 or fewer full-time sworn personnel, rural agencies (those agencies within non-urban or non-metro counties); and federally-recognized tribal agencies.

In the current politically charged environment, the public trust in the safety and security provided by law enforcement agencies has never been more important. The combination of body-worn cameras and increased situational awareness delivered by OnPatrol will better protect officers from harm, while simultaneously protecting the data privacy of innocent citizens.