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Axon Uses AI To Augment Police Work

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 4:33pm
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Axon headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"What are your prime directives?"

"Serve the public trust. Protect the innocent. Uphold the law."
Those are movie lines from the 1987 cult classic "RoboCop" about a slain police officer who is brought back to virtual life with the aid of technology.
Fast forward to 2018.

While cyborgs haven’t replaced humans, law enforcement technology makers like Scottsdale-based Axon are using AI to make police officers more efficient by augmenting them.

"In fact, we call it augmented intelligence as opposed to artificial intelligence as an acronym," said Moji Solgi, Axon’s director of AI and machine learning. He is leading their newly opened artificial intelligence training center and is working on law enforcement solutions such as vehicle recognition and speech transcription.  
"If you’re able to automate that process of converting voice, sound and video into a written format, speech transcription is obviously a big part of that. You’ll end up saving a lot of time," Solgi said.    
According to Solgi, one of the problems he realized while conducting research is that officers spend as much as two-thirds of each shift doing paperwork. They often have to manually view license plates and type them into a system to find a database match, time-consuming processes he said can be substantially reduced with augmented intelligence.