Facial Recognition Pilot Program

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"We have made good strides in testing this technology and believe it is important to continue this evaluation period to determine if it's a concept that could add immeasurable value in enhancing the city's public safety mission in a manner that balances reasonable privacy concerns."John Mina, Orlando Police Chief

The City of Orlando and Orlando Police Department are always looking for new solutions to further our ability to keep our residents and visitors safe. Part of that effort includes using technology-based policing and having a modern police department that can continue to address public safety through a variety of innovative, proven approaches.

Partnering with innovative companies, like Amazon Web Services, to test new technology is one way to ensure we offer the best in tools, training and technology for the men and women whose job it is to keep our community safe.

  

Update October 2018

Due to the potential value that facial recognition technology could have in furthering public safety efforts, the city continues to evaluate and further internally test Amazon’s Video Analytics technology through a second phase proof of concept (POC) pilot. The second phase pilot started Thursday, October 18, 2018 and is confined to a nine-month period. 

 

What are the parameters of this pilot?

  • No images of the public will be used for any testing - only images of Orlando police officers who have volunteered to participate in the test pilot will be used.
  • Limited utilization of eight designated video streams from city-owned cameras located at the following places - four at Orlando Police Headquarters, three IRIS cameras and one at another city facility.
  • As part of the pilot, the technology will not be used in an investigative capacity.
  • All elements of this pilot are in accordance with current and applicable law, upholding all privacy laws and ensuring there are no violations of any individual's civil rights.
 

What will happen after the pilot?

Following the pilot, if the City of Orlando Police Department decides to ultimately implement the official use of the technology, city staff would explore procurement and develop a policy and governance surrounding the technology at that time.