Artificial Intelligence is having a dramatic impact on a wide range of businesses and markets according to a study released by IT services, consulting and business solutions provider Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The firm’s study, “Getting Smarter by the Day: How AI is Elevating the Performance of Global Companies,” shows that 84 percent of the 835 executives TCS surveyed from North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America said their companies see the use of AI as “essential” to competitiveness.

One of the fields that will dramatically be impacted by AI is law enforcement. Leveraging massive amounts of data that can predict anomalies that may indicate a possible crime is powerful stuff and could help save lives. However, there are plenty of concerns that have been raised about the potential for law enforcement agencies to use these tools that will violate people’s privacy.

Undoubtedly, the introduction of AI into law enforcement was sparked by the sudden rise of body camera deployments across the nation. About a third of the United States’ police agencies are either piloting body worn camera (BWC) programs or have full deployments. Indeed, there are opportunities and pitfalls that come along with this rich source of data.

The surplus of data presents a unique challenge to police departments and prosecutors throughout the nation. While the data consists of evidence that can help convict criminals, protect the public, and protect police officials, there is a high risk that a large percentage may go un-reviewed. There simply is not enough time in the day, week, month, or year to review the amount of data being generated by BWC videos, jail calls, CCTV, and interrogation audio. At Vu Digital, we seized the opportunity in leveraging the data to introduce significant efficiencies for law officials that review digital evidence.

Vu has integrated various AI applications to help law officials review more evidence in less time. Now, there is a higher likelihood of spotting key evidence to ensure justice is served to those breaking the law and/or protect those that have been wrongfully accused of crimes. The AI layer recognizes and identifies events, keywords and sequences of words generated by Vū’s automated tagging engine to tag and identify instances of significance, including confessions, identification of personal information and references to certain “trigger” words.

Introduction of AI to Vu for Law Enforcement is a significant step towards better assisting individuals who protect the public on a daily basis. We are excited to be on the cutting edge of the law enforcement field and we are already eyeing exciting product enhancements for the near future! Stay tuned for more!

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