Video Redaction Software for Protecting Identities of Innocent Civilians and Undercover Police Officers
August 2, 2016
Silicon Valley-based company, MotionDSP, today announced its second major release of 2016 for its advanced video redaction software, Ikena Spotlight. The new release focuses on making the software faster and easier to use than ever before through GPU-accelerated object tracking and encoding as well as a simplified user interface that requires very little training or technical knowledge. In addition to speed and UI improvements, the release features the ability to automatically generate redaction reports so all video and audio redactions that are made can be tracked for presentation in court or for the press for increased transparency and accountability.
MotionDSP continues to work directly with the law enforcement community as well as major body camera manufacturers to collect feedback to drive its product roadmap. “Aside from having some of the best computer vision engineers in the world, one thing that sets us apart from our competitors is that we’re able to innovate incredibly fast,” said MotionDSP CEO, Sean Varah. “This is the second major software release of the year for Ikena Spotlight. The improvements and new features in the last two releases are a direct result of the feedback we received from law enforcement professionals, district attorneys and body camera manufacturers earlier in the year.”
In its March release, MotionDSP completely rebuilt Ikena Spotlight from the ground up with new tracking algorithms and features like audio redaction, the ability to trim videos to produce pertinent clips as well as create snapshots of a single redacted video frame, and an audio waveform bar to quickly identify when dialogue takes place in a video.
The latest release builds upon those features by adding several speed improvements like GPU encoding and parallel processing that lets users redact multiple people or objects simultaneously. The user interface has been simplified to make it easier to learn and use for all technical skill levels. One of the most important additions to the software is the redaction report that users can generate to document all video and audio redactions made to the video. This feature was created at the request of numerous law enforcement professionals and district attorneys to improve transparency and accountability.
“The needs of law enforcement are constantly changing,” said Varah. “Many departments are blindsided by the need for video redaction software as they launch their body camera programs. Understanding their challenges, we leveraged our expertise and made it our priority to create a best-in-class solution that can work with video from any camera source, is reliable and easy to use and works incredibly fast. We’ve accomplished that with Ikena Spotlight.”
For more information on Ikena Spotlight, visit www.motiondsp.com/ikena-spotlight.
MotionDSP is a leading provider of advanced image processing and computer vision software that helps police departments and organizations both redact and extract critical information from video. MotionDSP’s software is currently used by the U.S. Secret Service, Scotland Yard, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and many other law enforcement agencies in the US and around the world.