• Local man's company creates surveillance technology designed to detect potential threats during RNC

    By: Tenikka Smith


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - State-of-the-art technology will be on display during the Republican National Convention next week.

    Tampa police will be using "behavior recognition" surveillance cameras to help them look out for any potential threats.

    The technology was created by a company called BRS Labs.  The owner of the company, John Frazzini, lives in the Charlotte area.

    He said his software, called "AISIGHT," uses artificial intelligence that can connect to existing video surveillance systems.

    "Very similar to what a police officer would do when walking the beat, our software is walking the beat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, attempting to identify unusual or suspicious behavioral activity that give indications of potential threats or security violations,” Frazzini said.

    The "AISIGHT" system will also be used to help thwart any potential threats during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. next week. 

    "Surveillance technology that does what ours does is becoming more prominent in these high-profile events,” Frazzini said.

    Eyewitness asked Frazzini if his technology would be used during the Democratic National Convention in September. He said he has been in discussions with security planners in Charlotte but didn't offer any details.

    Eyewitness News asked people what they thought about the technology and if it should be used during the DNC.

    "Creepy and invasive, yes, on some levels,” Kaylie Siekkinen said. “But when safety matters, I'm not sure there is too creepy."

    "Given the situation today, it's probably what you have to do to make sure people stay safe,” said Martin Kolbus from South Carolina.

    Eyewitness News asked CMPD if they would be using the technology, but a spokesperson said the department could not comment on its security measures. 

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