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ADAPTING THE ROLE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TO COMBAT COVID-19

02/02/2021

In the UK, facial recognition has so far been used by law enforcement to find suspects in serious and violent crime and missing persons, but could the technology also help us to engineer our way out of the current crisis and to combat new COVID-19 terrorism?

Adrian Timberlake proposes that facial recognition could have a part to play in protecting people and communities from COVID-19.

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Transforming defence: how could AI protect military personnel?

18/01/2021

Adrian Timberlake, chief technical director at 7Technologies and developer of technology that uses AI for the military and defence sectors, examines how militaries can further integrate AI in an ethical way to protect personnel.O.

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7Technologies appoint new CEO

05/01/2021

7Technologies are proud to announce the appointment of defence industry heavyweight, Gavin Newport, as our new CEO.

“It is my intention to revise the strategy of the company, to maximise the potential of our current portfolio, provide a roadmap for future offerings and build the appropriate structure and processes to facilitate greater success." Gavin Newport

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Harnessing technology to help combat modern slavery

18/12/2020

‘Slavery’ is not a word usually associated with modern times; after all it was abolished in the UK more than 200 years ago. But the ugly truth is that it continues to this day, often right under our noses.

Adrian Timberlake, chief technical officer at 7Technologies, examines the potential for use of new technologies in border control and how intelligent technologies could help to combat modern slavery

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The Future of Facial Recognition in Combatting Bias

22/09/2020

Facial recognition is in the spotlight again as a growing number of U.S. states seek to ban police use of the technology, due to public fears that it may lead to racial or gender bias.

Adrian Timberlake, explains how facial recognition could help to reduce bias and protect innocent members of the public, whilst ensuring justice is brought to the guilty.

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The changing face of 7Technologies

22/09/2020

Seven Technologies Group has evolved its brand to 7Technologies as part of its strategy to continue to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s defence requirements, through the adoption, development and bespoke application of cutting-edge technology.

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Making the case for artificial intelligence in policing: how AI could help to reduce knife crime

14/07/2020

Technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) has incredible potential as an ally in the fight against knife crime: from detecting weapons to predicting which areas are most at risk of knife crime. But, due to public mistrust, the rate of implementation of AI in policing remains slow, while knife crime continues to rise at an alarming rate.

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Three crimes ‘Detective AI’ could help to uncover

11/06/2020

After a decade of cuts to budgets and officer numbers, Britain’s police forces are struggling under the pressure.

Adrian Timberlake explains how new and emerging technologies could help Britain’s strained police forces to detect crime.

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Should police forces adopt human-AI teaming?

28/05/2020

The idea of robot police officers only exists in science-fiction. Human-AI teaming is about working alongside artificial intelligence to empower those on the front lines to make quicker, better informed decisions to help keep people safe. Should police forces be investing in development and training so that every officer can work alongside an AI ‘colleague’?

Adrian Timberlake examines how a practice of human-AI teaming could aid police operations and benefit those on the front lines, as well as enhancing public safety and security.

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Should Britain invest in people or technology to help keep communities safe?

30/04/2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) has infiltrated almost every industry in the UK, from healthcare to finance, from transport to energy. As its potential in fighting crime has been recognised, AI has seen increased use in policing, but implementation has been slow.

Jason Sierra examines how the use of AI in policing helps to keep communities safe.

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In a crime-ridden dystopia, we can’t afford to be cautious with AI

30/03/2020

Taking down a kingpin in an organised crime gang or disrupting a terrorist plot may involve a number of operatives performing covert surveillance in high risk environments.

Adrian Timberlake examines how AI and facial recognition could help to combat crime and terror while reducing the risks.

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Is a surveillance state the answer to terror?

12/03/2020

On the 29th of November 2019, the whole of the UK was shocked and saddened by a brutal act of terror in the capital, reminding us all that the threat of terrorism is not an exaggeration of the media, but a very real danger.

Adrian Timberlake examines the potential of new technologies as an ally in combatting terror and ethical considerations in increasing security in public places.

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Technology, People and Power

10/12/2019

Britain isn't at war with new technologies, but with both real and perceived power imbalances between authorities and the public. Those in society who already feel discriminated against fear that facial recognition will hand even more power to authorities, but what if these systems could be used to ensure that the scales of power are balanced?

Adrian Timberlake, chief technical director of Seven Technologies Group and specialist in security and surveillance solutions for the military and police, takes a candid look at the pain points of facial recognition and the need for ethical guidelines.

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Brexit and the Border: How safe will we be?

18/11/2019

Much of the speculation on Britain’s future after Brexit has focused on the economy and jobs. However, equally as important is how Brexit will affect UK border security, policing, the level of crime and illegal immigration.

Jason Sierra, director of Seven Technologies Group, and specialist in surveillance and security solutions for the military, border control and police, shares his predictions for how Brexit may affect national security.

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Facial recognition could bring criminals to justice, why is there so much opposition?

06/11/2019

Facial recognition is under the microscope. After the Kings Cross ‘scandal’, huge opposition to the use of facial recognition in trials by British police forces, and now politicians and campaigners calling for the end of live facial recognition trails, every angle of the technology is under intense scrutiny.

Police forces who wish to use facial recognition to fight crime are caught in a catch 22, feeling the pressure to prove the technology works while simultaneously finding themselves challenged on attempts to introduce it to the public and obtain the proof.

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Could Technology Finally End School Shootings?

23/10/2019

Twenty years on from the Columbine Massacre, in which teenagers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went on a shooting spree, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others, it’s tragic that massacres in schools are still happening. In the US alone, there were a dozen incidents recorded this year.

Now schools are turning to technology for aid and as a measure to limit the death toll.

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Is ‘Big Brother’ Really Watching?

08/10/2019

The King’s Cross ‘scandal’ has resulted in campaign groups and politicians calling for a halt to facial recognition trials. The technology has been widely, almost exclusively, criticised in the media as an invasion of privacy and even as a tool to enable an Orwellian style surveillance state, where Big Brother is always watching.

Is there really any need to be concerned?

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Could ‘Precrime’ Become Reality?

19/09/2019

A police force that can ‘see’ crime before it happens and burst in, just in the nick of time, to place would-be perpetrators in handcuffs and an eternal prison cell; cameras that track your every move – nowhere to run, nowhere to hide – and they’ve got the wrong man.

This is the fictional world in which ‘Precrime’ exists, the authoritarian police state in ‘Minority Report’, a short science-fiction story published in the 1950s that later became a blockbuster, and it has haunted efforts at predictive policing ever since.

But is this really the ultimate destination of predictive policing?

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Examining machine learning and the future of defence.

09/09/2019

AI technology is developing rapidly and fast becoming the main topic of moral debate.

In the eye of a storm of fear around privacy concerns and worries of how AI could be used in warfare, Adrian Timberlake examines the future of defence and how new developments in AI technology could lead to enhanced security and protection.

Technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to change the defence industry and enhance military operations. Fears around technology that uses AI are focused on the nightmarish idea of ‘killer robots’, but the reality is that technology that uses AI will be used in advanced surveillance, to identify potential threats, and to free up official personnel by completing complex tasks without the requirement for multiple teams and individual equipment.

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We’re afraid of new technology, but we should really fear life without it.

02/09/2019

We are fast closing in on Industry 5.0, where humans and machines will work together, and the industry will be led by new developments in AI. Thought leaders are of the opinion that, in 10-20 years, the impact of AI on society will be greater than electricity.

It could be argued that people are not afraid of the technology itself, but what it represents: significant societal change and the need to learn and adapt. AI is predicted to follow the same integrational path into society and everyday life as computers and the internet did. The technology is first used in sectors where there is critical need to take advantage of new developments to improve security, such as the military, government and defence sectors. It then filters down into workplaces, then homes.

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Facial recognition technology exists to protect, not pry.

15/08/2019

As the national newspapers continue to report on facial recognition technology, not least that campaigners are protesting its legitimacy, Jason Sierra, sales director for Seven Technologies Group, reiterates that the technology exists to protect, not pry.

He says: “It is completely understandable that the general public will want to know why they are being monitored, and for what purposes. However, with facial recognition technology they are not being monitored in the traditional sense. They are being detected and analysed but then ignored as a threat.

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