The Company Behind RealPlayer Is Selling Facial Recognition to the Department of Defense

Dave Gershgorn
OneZero
Published in
Oct 19, 2020

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RealNetworks, best known for video-streaming software RealPlayer, has greatly expanded its purview.

The company is now bringing its video expertise to facial recognition software that analyzes live camera footage to recognize people on a watchlist. It’s pitched this service to schools and businesses as security technology.

Its newest customer: The Department of Defense.

The DOD is paying nearly $2 million to RealNetworks for facial recognition for drones, body-worn cameras, and fixed video cameras, as well as facial recognition to access secure facilities, according to federal contracting data.

The two contracts won by RealNetworks started in July 2020 and run into 2021. They are each worth about $945,000.

Public-facing details of these projects are scant, but if you want to read more about RealNetworks and other companies pivoting to facial recognition surveillance, check out the story below.

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Dave Gershgorn
OneZero

Senior Writer at OneZero covering surveillance, facial recognition, DIY tech, and artificial intelligence. Previously: Qz, PopSci, and NYTimes.