Augmented reality (AR) holds massive potential for smart policing and for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) that are in need to continuously undergo digital transformation to stay one step ahead of criminals and terrorists. By overlaying useful information directly on top of the real world, AR technology can greatly improve situational awareness, a vital skill that is often critical to the survival and safety of officers and civilians in crime-fighting situations. Currently available technologies, however, lack the processing capacity to deliver rapid, real-time scene interpretation necessary when responding to criminal and terrorist incidents.
DARLENE aims to unlock the capacity to rapidly foster visual understanding of complex real-world scenes in public safety situations by investigating how cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) technology can be deployed to help law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and first responders make more informed and rapid decisions especially in situations where time is of the essence. The project develops innovative augmented reality (AR) tools that aim to improve situational awareness when responding to criminal and terrorist activities.
DARLENE will combine innovative AR smart glass technology and powerful computer vision algorithms with 5G network architectures to allow agile processing of real-time data by LEAs even in high-pressure situations. The project will also carry out an integrated ethical, data protection and social impact assessment of augmented reality tools to ensure compliance with ethics requirements and build public trust for the lawful use of technology.