(Reuters) – Deployments of facial recognition from Israeli startup AnyVision show how the surveillance software has gained adoption across the United States even as regulatory and ethical debates about it rage. The technology finds certain faces in photos or videos, with banks representing one sector that has taken interest in systems from AnyVision or its many competitors to improve security and service. Organizations in other industries are chasing similar goals. The Los Angeles hospital Cedars-Sinai and oil giant BP Plc are among several previously unreported users of AnyVision. Cedars-Sinai’s main hospital uses AnyVision facial recognition to give staff a heads-up about individuals known for violence, drug fraud or using different names at the emergency room, three sources said. Cedars said it “does not publicly discuss our security programs” and could not confirm the information. Meanwhile, BP has used facial recognition for at least two years at its Houston campus to help security staff detect people on a watchlist because they trespassed before or issued threats, two sources said. BP declined to comment. AnyVision declined to discuss specific clients or deals. Gaining additional clients may be difficult for AnyVision amid mounting opposition from civil liberties advocates to facial recognition. Critics say… Read full this story
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