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Facial recognition wouldn't have prevented the murders of two WDBJ reporters

Steve Ragan | Aug. 28, 2015
Security vendor uses tragic murders as promotional tool for new product.

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In the press release that was sent by Blue Line's PR team, Paul Brauss, CEO, stated:

"There are many times that threats are made against specific organizations. When this occurs, we can set up our system to recognize the face of the person who made the threat and deny access to a building where an incident could potentially take place. It’s a practice in preventative policing and will save innocent lives."

Again, not only is this company using the tragic murders of two journalists as a promotional tool, but the concept of the product they're promoting wouldn't have helped at all.

The shooter of Alison and Adam, who also shot the person they were interviewing, had left the company two years prior to the shooting.

They were in an open area doing a live remote broadcast; so there's nothing Blue Line's product could've done to stop this. To state otherwise, even to suggest it, is false. It's using a tragedy as a means to sell something.

Physical security is important, and facial recognition has been a solid tool for law enforcement and loss prevention over the years.

However, in this reporter's opinion, if you're looking for facial recognition technology, there are better vendors in the market space to deal with. Some that come to mind are Technest, Neven Vision, and Herta Security.

 

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