New AI Upgrade for Police Body Cams


A new collaboration between Motorola and artificial intelligence company Neurala has made an extraordinary idea to develop bodycams of police with Artificial intelligence (AI). Body cams have become an increasingly common addition to a police officer’s uniform.

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However, older version bodycams are not compatible to enhance with AI. Neurala decided to overcome this problem by developing The Neurala Brain. A highly efficient software designed to run on low cost sensors and processors.

According to Defense One, Motorola will utilize Neurala’s AI to add intelligence. For cameras, and in particular the Si500 Police Advanced Body Warn Camera. Once equipped, the camera will not only record but also learn. It will be able to automatically search for people or objects of interest.

Moreover, the upgraded body cam will be very useful. If a lost child needs to be found within a crowded environment. According to Paul Steinberg, Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions. This can unlock new applications for public safety users.

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In the case of a missing child, imagine if the parent showed the child’s photo to a nearby police officer on patrol. The officer’s body-worn camera sees the photo, the AI engine learns what the child looks like and deploys an engine to the body-worn cameras of nearby officers, quickly creating a team searching for the child.

In addition, the camera could also just as easily spot a weapon or use facial recognition and access to a police database to detect known criminals. Scale that up to dozens of body cameras covering a given area and you can imagine the public safety benefits.

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Furthermore, Motorola and Neurala will build a prototype allowing for real-time learning for a person of interest search. If everything goes to plan, I expect real-world deployment to active police body cams soon after that.