An LPR and facial recognition lunch and learn that delivers on the lunch, and the learn, minus the sales pitch.


    I recently attended a Vigilant Lunch and Learn in Miami, hosted by the Miami Beach Police Department. As the person behind the scenes promoting the Lunch and Learns, I wanted to see first-hand what I was promoting. I get it, a lot of people sign-up for the lunch part but are wary of the learn part being a lot less educational and a lot more promotional. And as several people walked in, they even asked me about what they would learn and if it would be worth their time. Time is a valuable thing and I promised them it would be worth it.

    I followed up with them afterwards and I am happy to say that they got a lot out of it and thanked me. We get that your agency personnel are stretched thin. In fact, we are proud that our solutions are inspired by people like you who have worn the badge. And because of that, we are passionate about sharing best practices, tips and tools for helping you investigate and prevent crimes and protect officers and communities. Our respect for your job is our promise to you to deliver on the lunch and the learn! Here are 5 reason why we think you should attend or host a Lunch and Learn.

    Reason 1: Get Real World Examples of How LPR Can Help You Investigate Crimes

    Some in the audience in Miami knew of LPR, some were using Vigilant and some even had other LPR systems. But many were genuinely surprised to see just how much they could do with LPR when you add analytics to the mix – you get vehicle location intelligence. Does it help recover stolen vehicles? Yes, but that’s only a very small fraction of the power. We talked about cases that resonated with the audience – cases just like the ones they face every day and walked through the investigative process. It was a lot like when you buy a new car but don’t bother to read the manual and then someone tells you about a feature of the car that you had no idea about. How many of us take the time to “read the manual?” Consider the Lunch and Learn a “manual” on the investigative power of LPR.

    Reason 2: You Need to Do More with Less

    We hear it all the time – from agencies telling us they are being pushed to be more effective and efficient, and to stretch their resources. We showed officers and analysts alike how vehicle location intelligence data could identify the best location to find a witness or suspect, and you could practically see the light bulbs going off. We asked them to think about how much time could be saved by finding the best location.

    We talked about the reality of investigating a crime when you only have a location and maybe a date and time, and how powerful it is to be able to search a location or even multiple locations to find out vehicles common to the location(s). We help you find the vehicle, you take it from there to connect the vehicle to a person. This is where it became obvious that beginning a homicide, serial killer or other crime investigation with only a location can lead to actionable intelligence that cuts leg work, saving time and money.

    Reason 3: You Need Manageable, Actionable Information

    When is the last time you started an investigation with all of the information tied up in a nice bow for you? The answer is probably never. The reality is that you have bits of information that you need to piece together and make sense of, and sometimes too much data is as bad as too little. It’s all too common for a crime to occur and your investigation starts with just a year, make and model on a vehicle (if that). OK, now you are searching for a 2009ish, white, Ford Taurus. Good luck with that. It is virtually impossible to develop leads from that wide swath of LPR data. Our audience learned how to search on Year/Make/Model to narrow the list down to potential license plates matching that description at, or near the crime scene. That’s actionable data that helps to develop leads.

    Reason 4: Your Agency Can’t Go It Alone

    Crime investigations span jurisdictions, they span state lines and the best investigative solutions reflect that reality, allowing for seamless data sharing between agencies. We showed our audience how to make data sharing work for them, and even how fusion centers can leverage LPR data. We shared tips for agencies that may have other camera systems or even those who may not have a budget for their own cameras but can still tap into our nationwide commercial data including over 4.5 billion vehicle detections to power their investigations.

    Reason 5: You Want to See the Future of Facial Recognition

    We showed our audience just how far facial recognition technology has come. Many were surprised that even low quality images from social media, quick smartphone snaps, or even security cameras can work with our FaceSearch solution. We witnessed the “wow factor” of facial recognition when we showed how to take an image that previously would have been tossed as useless, and turn it into an image that could help drive an investigative lead.

    LEA Is In Our DNA

    Sitting in the audience, I couldn’t help but feel the passion our team has for this work – it’s part of our DNA. Afterwards, a few officers that had questioned whether the Lunch and Learn was worth their time, came up to me and thanked me for convincing them to stay noting that their time was well spent. I was proud that we honored our commitment to law enforcement that day by delivering on the Lunch and the Learn.