The US Army will equip combat drones with a facial recognition system from RealNetworks
The SAFR system will be integrated into surveillance and reconnaissance drones.
The US military will install a biometric facial recognition system on drones used for surveillance and reconnaissance. This was officially announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD).
Acting on behalf of the United States Air Force (USAF), the Department of Defense has awarded RealNetworks of Seattle, Washington, USA, to install the SAFR facial recognition system on military drones.
The SAFR platform will be adapted to work on special purpose autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS) designed for special operations, reconnaissance, surveillance and reconnaissance, and other expeditionary ones.
The SAFR software will be integrated with the sUAS hardware and software, including on-board computing systems, communication systems, and remote controller software, to unlock real-time autonomous drone response.
Note that the US Air Force alone received $228 billion in 2022, and the same amount has been requested for 2023. What budget is allocated for development is unknown, but according to contract RealNetworks will receive $729,056 for its services.