January 4, 2019
The FBI is trialing Amazon’s controversial facial recognition tech, Rekognition, as a new method to catch criminals.
It began working with the agency in early 2018, according to Nextgov.
Rekognition is expected to help speed up the FBI’s process of going through video surveillance footage that’s collected during investigations.
The technology could prove to be especially helpful during time-sensitive counterterrorism investigations.
Nextgov pointed to the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, wherein FBI agents had to sift through huge amounts of data from cellphones and surveillance footage.
‘We had agents and analysts, eight per shift, working 24/7 for three weeks going through the video footage of everywhere Stephen Paddock was the month leading up to him coming and doing the shooting,’ Christine Halvorsen, FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism, said at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent Conference, according to Nextgov.
This article was posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 at 4:56 am