Clearview AI Is Working On Augmented Reality Goggles For Air Force Security
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Clearview AI, the shady face recognition firm which claims to have landed contracts with federal, state, and local cops across the country, has landed a roughly $50,000 deal with the U.S. military for augmented reality glasses. First flagged by Tech Inquiry’s Jack Poulson, Air Force procurement documents show that it awarded a $49,847 contract to Clearview AI for the purposes of “protecting airfields with augmented reality facial recognition; glasses.” The contract is designated as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, meaning that Clearview’s contract is to determine for the Air Force whether such applications are feasible.
Bryan Ripple, a media lead at the Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs, told Gizmodo via email that Clearview will conduct a three-month study under which “no glasses or units are being delivered under contract,” nor are any prototypes. Clearview, he wrote, stipulated “that security personnel are vulnerable while their hands are occupied with scanners and ID cards” and AR goggles would allow them to “remain hands-free and ready during this timeframe.” “Clearview AI’s Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses perform facial recognition scanning to vet backgrounds and restrict unauthorized individuals from entering bases and flightlines,” Ripple wrote. “This 100% hands-free identity verification wearable device allows Defenders to keep their weapons at the ready, increase standoff and social distance, and confirm authorized base access using rapid and accurate facial biometrics while keeping threats distant. The results are improved safety at entry control points and for bases, faster identity verification without manual ID card checks, and cost savings by replacing the need for large permanent camera installations.”
In a promotional document shared by the Air Force, Clearview argued that in the time it takes to scan an ID card at the entry point to a military facility, “A criminal or terrorist can pull a gun, knife, or weapon during this brief but critical moment, kill the Defender, and access the base.” They argued the AR glasses would increase “standoff distance,” save guards time while vetting high volumes of traffic and allow them to maintain distance from anyone contagious with diseases.
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