【美国创业公司打造面部识别“虚拟墙”,以防非法入境】

【美国创业公司打造面部识别“虚拟墙”,以防非法入境】据外媒报道,前Facebook Oculus主管Palmer Luckey目前领导一家创业公司,希望在美国墨西哥边界建立具有面部识别技术的“虚拟墙”,来检查识别非法越境的人。这款设备配备有传感器、雷达以及激光增强摄像头,监控着只需要通过混合现实头戴式耳机就可以获取来自“虚拟墙”的信息。目前这家公司集合加州海关边防部门达成合作,这款防务产品也已经投入测试。

A former Facebook executive is spearheading a new Silicon Valley startup that hopes to build a digital wall at the US-Mexico border.

Palmer Luckey, the 25-year-old who led Facebook's virtual reality unit Oculus, has now launched a firm focused on merging defense and consumer tech.

Called Anduril Industries, the company is now working with Customs and Border Protection in California to test out its virtual wall, which has already found some success, according to Wired.

A former Facebook executive is spearheading a new Silicon Valley startup that hopes to build a digital wall at the US-Mexico border, replacing the need for a physical one 

Anduril has also set up several towers, equipped with antennas and other sensors, at a ranch in Texas to test out out the technology.

There, the firm has constructed three, portable 32ft towers with radar, antenna and laser-enhanced cameras, as part of a system its calling Lattice, Wired noted.

Lattice can pick up on and identify motion that's as far as two miles away.

Then, a user puts a mixed reality headset on, which displays information recorded by the towers.

For example, they can look at the border and see a virtual square that says whether the object is a human or an animal.

It can also display information on a smartphone app, with notifications such as 'person spotted near tower d6.'

Palmer Luckey, the 25-year-old who led Facebook's virtual reality unit Oculus, (pictured) has now launched a firm focused on merging defense and consumer tech

 Called Anduril Industries, the company is now working with Customs and Border Protection in California to test out its virtual wall, which has already found some success

Anduril constructed the virtual wall in just over a year and have since deployed the prototypes in Texas and San Diego.

The hope is that the Lattice system can help the US detect people who are illegally crossing the border.

US Customs and Border Protection told Wired that over a 10 week period, Lattice was able to identify 55 people crossing the border illegally, as well as 982lbs of marijuana, in Texas.

Most of the people caught by Lattice were not transporting drugs.

The tests in San Francisco led to 10 interceptions in its first 12 days, Wired said.

The move comes as the US has been testing out other technologies at the border, including a new facial recognition tech aimed at keeping track of people as they enter and exit the country

Given the system's success, Anduril hopes that Homeland Security will want to purchase the technology to either go with or replace a physical border wall.

'They said they could provide broader border security for a lower cost,” says Melissa Ho, managing director of Silicon Valley’s DHS office, told Wired. 'We were intrigued by that.'

Anduril has pitched Lattice as being cheaper than a physical wall, as well as digital walls built by its rivals.

The company is able to cut down on costs by avoiding pricey zoom lenses and thermal sensors, Wired said.

However, it can still perform many sophisticated functions and can identify pattrens of a person moving.

The firm has also brought on several veterans from controversial data-mining company Palantir.

Additionally, Anduril's lead investor is Founders Fund, which is headed by Peter Thiel.

The move comes as Homeland Security has been testing out other advanced technologies at the border, including a new facial recognition technology aimed at keeping track of people as the enter and exit the country.

Sophisticated cameras will take photos of people arriving and departing the US and match them with government documents like visas and passports.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5837057/Ex-Facebook-VR-boss-wants-build-virtual-border-wall-facial-recognition-technology.html


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