Motorola Partners to Make Police Body Cameras Intelligent

Motorola Solutions’ integration with Neurala will bring artificial intelligence to its software and cameras, including the Si500 body camera.

CHICAGO — Motorola Solutions announces it has partnered with artificial intelligence (AI) company Neurala to develop intelligent cameras for public safety users.

Motorola will integrate Neurala’s AI capabilities with its software and cameras, including its Si500 body camera.

The integration will create intelligent cameras that can learn “at the edge” and automatically search for persons or objects of interest.

“We see powerful potential for artificial intelligence to improve safety and efficiency for our customers, which in turn helps create safer communities,” says Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer, Motorola Solutions. “But applying AI in a public safety setting presents unique challenges. Neurala’s ‘edge learning’ capabilities will help us explore solutions for a variety of public safety workflows such as finding a missing child or investigating an object of interest, such as a bicycle.”

Neurala’s patent-pending technology uses “at the edge” learning capabilities, which allows for a body camera to “learn” to identify a person or object of interest.

This process is known as incremental learning and reduces the risk of “catastrophic forgetting,” which occurs when a neural network forgets its previous training.

Incremental learning also enables enhanced accuracy and latency for real-time public safety applications of AI, according to the company.

“Neurala’s technology enables AI applications to learn at the edge after their deployment,” Steinberg says. “This can unlock new applications for public safety users. 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.”

Chicago’s Waukegan police department currently uses the Si500 body camera but there has been no announcement whether or not they will receive the new technology.

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