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OPD gets free facial recognition/video enhancement software to target Occupy Oakland
by FTP
Friday Feb 3rd, 2012 1:51 AM
So, right-wing Southern California company Cognitech has given it's pricey Tri-Suite11 video enhancement software to OPD to hunt down supposed Occupy Oakland scofflaws. Pricey, because the software is so expensive that Cognitech doesn't list the sales price on their website. Right-wing, because Cognitech is assisting Oakland police in its attempts to violently crush Occupy Oakland on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and apologists such as Oakland's own ineffectual dem-lib poodles. Right-wing, because Cognitech is donating the software to one of the most notorious, violent, and over-militarized police forces in the country, a department on the verge of falling into federal receivership due to its historic record of abusing the Oakland populace. Right-wing, because Cognitech is craven enough to donate the software to OPD and issue a press releases hoping to bump up sales of the software. Right-wing, because Cognitech chooses to use an African American as the face of the "crime" that the software promises to help solve. Cognitech CEO Lenny Rudin pretends to be empirically detached from the politics of the gift: "Pictures tell the truth and when enhancing these videos and photos forensically, unlawful acts will be seen and analyzed clearly and scientifically, no matter who committed them." No matter who?!? Don't hold your breath waiting if you think OPD will use the software to identify the cop who shot Scott Olsen or the one who threw a grenade at those offering medical aid to Scott Olsen, or cops who beat, shot, and otherwise abused countless other occupiers over the last four months. Count on OPD to use it to find whoever pushed over the scale model of City Hall or whoever threw an empty water bottle at an armored police line, though.
The software smooths out graininess in images. It can be used for faces and for license plates. The software can do weight and height estimates for subjects captured in video. Welcome to 1984!


Here is the actual press release from Cognitech:

Cognitech, Inc. Announces Donation of Software to the Oakland Police Department

Cognitech, Inc. donates their forensic video enhancement software to the Oakland Police Department in order to assist the Oakland community at large with numerous video footage from the Occupy Oakland protests.

Pasadena, CA January 31, 2012

Cognitech, Inc. has announced the recent donation of it's forensic video enhancement Tri-Suite 11 software system to the Oakland Police Department, at the request of the Oakland Law Enforcement, and in the interest of the City of Oakland, CA, community at large with the purpose of forensically enhancing and analyzing video footage from the Occupy Oakland protests in order to find the forensic truth in the recorded incidents/events footage.

The Cognitech, Inc. Tri-Suite 11 software system is comprised of three unique and interoperable software programs, the Video Investigator® software, the VideoActive® software and the AutoMeasure™ software. Cognitech's Video Investigator tool-set is the first and most comprehensive forensic video/image processing software environment in the world. It has over one hundred proprietary designed, user-friendly plug-ins and facilities that enhance, denoise and deblur, including the ability to a super-resolve zoom of forensic video evidence (e.g. faces, license plates). Cognitech's VideoActive tool-set is the first real-time forensic video processing software with the world’s only (Cognitech’s U.S. Patent) fully automatic real-time universal de-multiplexing, including real-time track and real-time universal DVR capture. Cognitech VideoActive allows for patented lossless video capture with encoding that doubles video storage, and the ability to perform a video search (e.g. cars and people). Cognitech's AutoMeasure tool-set is the world’s only automatic forensic photogrammetry software that allows the user to perform accurate bio-metric measurements of a suspect’s dimensions (e.g. height, width, area), including crime and accident scene measurements from video surveillance and photographs. This software is important to the work of police departments as it allows the user to know the suspect’s biometric measurements based on the AutoMeasure calculations which in turn helps the user eliminate and narrow down individuals who might have been considered suspects.

Cognitech, Inc. CEO Dr. Lenny Rudin said, in regards to the donation, “It is our sincere hope that in donating our forensic video Tri-Suite software to the Oakland Police Department, we are helping to assist the entire community through the forensic video enhancement and 3D analysis of numerous videos that were recorded during the Occupy Oakland, CA protests. Pictures tell the truth and when enhancing these videos and photos forensically, unlawful acts will be seen and analyzed clearly and scientifically, no matter who committed them.”

About Cognitech, Inc.:

In 1988, Cognitech, Inc. was the first company in the world that designed and developed the unique Video Investigator® hardware and software products for professional forensic CCTV video processing and analysis. In 2010, Cognitech, Inc. received the American Technology Award, the highest award given in the United States for Government Technology accomplishment. Cognitech is the only forensic video company in the world that designs and manufactures both proprietary forensic video acquisition hardware and scientific forensic software. The latest from Cognitech is the Forensic Video Tri-Suite11, the most scientifically advanced and comprehensive forensic video processing and 3D analysis software in the world. Tri-Suite11 is comprised of the Video Investigator® software, the VideoActive® software and the AutoMeasure™ software. Cognitech’s Video Investigator® software, which among other Cognitech proprietary modules contains Cognitech’s patented FrameFusion® SuperResolution and Denoising, is based on state-of-the-art patented algorithms that deliver super fast/Real-Time results. The High Definition video is captured, processed, and super-compactly stored with Cognitech’s revolutionary lossless Cognitech VideoZipper®, Cognitech’s patented proprietary algorithm and codec for lossless video data. Cognitech’s software and hardware products are routinely used by thousands of law enforcement technical forensic investigators in the United States and throughout the world.



Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Anonymous
Friday Feb 3rd, 2012 12:30 PM
While I have no objections to physical attacks on the owners and executive, managerial and technical personnel of such companies, it would be best if they could be hit by hackers. And rather than just going after their web sites, it would be really great if somebody could copy their software and make it freely available on the web and elsewhere.
by me
Friday Feb 3rd, 2012 1:00 PM
this company should be ashamed and discredited
by poster
Friday Feb 3rd, 2012 6:38 PM
yeah, they're racist for using a black guy in their ad. everybody knows white people commit crimes way more than blacks. just look at the crime statistics.
by antif(a)
Saturday Feb 4th, 2012 3:28 PM
and you're a racist too.
by a
Sunday Feb 5th, 2012 2:08 PM
The funny thing about most facial recognition systems is they can easily be fooled by photographs. bring along some print outs of your favorite political hack, celebrity, long-dead philosopher, etc!
by Lenny
(techsupport [at] Monday Feb 13th, 2012 11:43 PM
Cognitech is known for providing free forensic services to those who can not afford such services.
In one such case, through application of its forensic photogrammetric analysis of the evidence video, Cognitech assisted the Public Defender Office to prove the total innocence of an African American man in an alleged murder of a convenience store clerk. Subsequently a true assailant was apprehended and convicted. The innocent man was cleared of all charges, which if not dismissed, potentially included a Murder One sentence. This was a triumph of forensic science over ‘Hearsay”. Pictures tell truth, particularly when backed by forensic science.
In reference to the statement of Mr. Kay, Cognitech forensic scientists and engineers will be happy to assist, free of charge, with forensic video processing to anyone in the Oakland community, including Office of the Public Defender of the City of Oakland.
Dr. Lenny Rudin
Chief Scientist
Cognitech, Inc.

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