US companies provide Chinese traffic police with ALPR-equipped smartglasses


Two US companies are involved in the implementation of a project that will see Chinese traffic police officers using smartglasses equipped automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) technology.

Futton, an international business company focused on trade between the USA and China, and enterprise software company CrowdOptic, have announced the implementation of CrowdOptic’s live-streaming solution on smartglasses, complete with LPR, for the Ministry of Traffic in China. Futton has also initiated testing of CrowdOptic’s system for situational awareness and anomaly detection for use by the Ministry of Traffic and other Chinese police departments. The live-streaming and LPR capabilities are being deployed on smartglasses, including Google Glass, as well as on CrowdOptic Eye, CrowdOptic’s own standalone live-streaming device that can send video and two-way audio.

CrowdOptic uses a scalable enterprise platform to live-stream video while analyzing sensor data from mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) broadcasting devices, including smartphones, wearable devices, such as smartglasses or action cameras, drones and fixed cameras. CrowdOptic can live-stream from any device while understanding analytically where devices are aimed in common, whether at fixed or moving targets.

Futton is authorized by the Chinese government to recruit foreign experts to China to help the country in its engineering, construction, and research projects. As part of this relationship, Futton is currently testing CrowdOptic’s situational awareness and anomaly detection capabilities, powered by CrowdOptic’s patented focal clustering algorithms, through the use of FieldApp, CrowdOptic’s public-facing mobile app that allows for the use of its technology to track points of interest for the purpose of surveying, field estimation and geo-coordination activities.

The situational awareness and anomaly detection system uses several of CrowdOptic’s US patents, and analyzes location and line-of-sight data from two or more devices, such as smartglasses and cell phones, to automatically distill multiple sightlines into a single point of interest, which becomes the focus of a group. These capabilities represent the next phase of production in China, in addition to the live-streaming and LPR solution already implemented, for the Ministry of Traffic.

“Live-streaming and license plate recognition is only the beginning,” commented Jon Fisher, CEO of CrowdOptic. “Our situational awareness and anomaly detection capabilities will allow organizations in the public sector to react faster to real-time events, and manage growing stockpiles of archived video footage.”

Jena Chen, executive vice president of Futton, noted, “We are excited about our successful implementation in China, and we look forward to the expanded opportunities afforded by CrowdOptic’s situational awareness and anomaly detection capabilities.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).