Orlando police to hold second face trial
26 October 2018 14:22 GMT


The City of Orlando, the Orlando Police Department and Amazon Web Services finalized a statement of work that will allow for the launch of a second phase pilot to further evaluate Amazon’s facial recognition technology.

The City of Orlando previously collaborated with Amazon Web Services to test Rekognition technology through an initial six-month pilot that started on December 19, 2017 and ended June 19, 2017, authorities wrote in a press release.


The statement said the pilots have provided a way for the City of Orlando to test this innovative technology in a responsible and deliberate manner to determine if the technology has value for use by the City to further its efforts in utilizing the best tools, technology and training to continue to keep the community safe in today’s ever-changing and evolving world.


The second phase pilot will be a nine-month long test period and will include the same parameters and controls utilized in the first pilot, including –

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 pilot and testing are in accordance with current and applicable law, upholding all privacy laws and ensuring there are no violations of any individual’s civil rights.

Following the pilot, if the City of Orlando Police Department decides to ultimately implement official use of the technology, City staff would explore procurement and develop a policy governing the technology.