Airbus Defence and Space collaborates with Facewatch to identify crime suspects

Due to the collaboration between Airbus Defence and Space and Facewatch Ltd, new applications helping to recognise suspects will run on the Tactilon Dabat radio from Airbus Defence and Space in order to convict culprits more easily. The Tactilon Dabat is a complete Tetra handheld radio with camera and a rugged smartphone in one device. It allows secure communication in standard Tetra networks and in an LTE environment. To exploit the device in the best way, the Facewatch mobile solution will be available for the Tactilon Dabat in 2017. With these apps at hand, both police officers on the move and security personnel in enterprises can share complex information and verify suspects with given picture databases in real time. They can take photos or videos and exchange visual data securely.

Facewatch provides multi-agency and governmental intelligence about criminals on an independent web-platform. Thanks to this infrastructure, end-users can utilise watchlists, facial recognition tools and a so-called “Automatic No. Plate Recognition system”. All information converges on a single platform and is instantly disposable as it improves investigations tremendously for users in the field or in control rooms. Acknowledged internationally, Facewatch has been successfully collaborating with the police in the UK and private businesses.

The integration of third party applications into Tetra networks is possible thanks to Airbus Defence and Space’s TWISP developer community. The TWISP partnership programme plays an important part in enhancing the company’s overall secure Professional Mobile Radio technology offering. Airbus Defence and Space will continue to expand the number of partners and applications for its devices, creating more value to users. “We are always looking out for best of breed Apps partners. Those who are interested in becoming part of the TWISP eco-system membership are invited to contact us at twisp@airbus.com,” says Stuart Will, Director of Channel Management of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space.