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Army to evaluate facial recognition in day care centers

To better monitor the health and safety of children at its Fort Jackson child development center (CDC), the Army is considering adding commercial facial recognition software and other artificial intelligence capabilities to its existing video surveillance systems.

The Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory is looking for a small business to design and demonstrate a state-of-the-art facial recognition and analytics system that can address specific use cases.  The video surveillance system must integrate with existing CDC systems and cameras, according to a Nov. 6 presolicitation notice.

Through the demonstration, the Army expects to gain enough information to evaluate whether facial recognition technologies can improve family quality of life, reduce base costs and enhance mission readiness. 

ERDC-CERL intends to issue its solicitation in early December, with the year-long contract starting in February 2021.

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