Chinese traffic cops are testing AR smart glasses for license plate checks

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CrowdOptic and Futton have announced the implementation of CrowdOptic’s live-streaming solution on smart glasses, complete with license plate recognition, for the Ministry of Traffic in China.

Futton has also initiated testing of CrowdOptic’s solution for situational awareness and anomaly detection for use by the Ministry of Traffic and other police departments.

Situational awareness and anomaly detection analyzes location and line-of-sight data from two or more devices, such as smart glasses or mobile phones, to automatically distill multiple sightlines into a single point of interest – i.e. the focus of a group.

Futton is testing those capabilities via 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.

These capabilities represent the next phase of production in China, in addition to the live-streaming and license plate recognition solution already implemented.

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

The live-streaming and license plate recognition capabilities are being deployed on smart glasses, including Google Glass, as well as on CrowdOptic Eye (CrowdOptic’s own standalone live-streaming device).

“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.”

CrowdOptic first made its name as one of the companies participating in Google’s Glass At Work development program for its Google Glass project. While Google stopped making the Glass prototype in January 2015, work on the smart-glasses project has continued. CrowdOptic announced its first in-house hardware product in March this year.

Futton describes itself as “an international business company focused on educational exchanges and international trade between the US and China. As an authorized overseas training channel for the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China, Futton works closely with the government of China to arrange training programs for visiting government delegations. In addition, Futton is authorized by the Chinese government to recruit foreign experts to China to help the country in its engineering, construction, and research projects.”

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