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In order to supply public security, authorities urge the public to report suspicious activities. However, in order to turn such processes into efficient tools, advanced technology has to be harnessed.
The US Navy is looking for technologies that can make it easier for analysts to react to reports of suspicious activity in real time.
The capability must integrate with a crowdsourcing smartphone-based app that allows untrained users to collect and record suspicious activity and images, then easily and remotely upload the information to the Defense Department’s system of record for suspicious activity reporting. Analytical tools, such as facial recognition and geo-mapping technologies will enable the quick identification of the threats and share the information horizontally through the Naval District Washington.
According to defensesystems.com, the reported information would be housed in the eGuardian suspicious activity reporting system, a sensitive but unclassified threat tracking and management system. This system managed by the FBI is designed to collect terrorist threat information and suspicious activity so it can be shared with other federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement offices.
A number of state and local governments have developed similar smartphone-enabled “see something, send something” apps that make it easier for the public to report suspicious activity.