Anyvision

 

Founded in 2015, the Israeli company AnyVision, based in Herzeliya, develops software for real-time face and object recognition in large crowds, using AI and machine learning algorithms. The company’s technology can interface with security cameras for security at airports and stadiums, also offering service to the private sector, including retailers.[1]

With offices in Tel Aviv, New York, Mexico, London, Belfast and Singapore, the company has quickly gained investments, contracts and joint ventures with the Israeli military, governments and companies internationally.[2] AnyVision promotes itself as a company of “AI Designers & Security Veterans” with over 20 years of “field experience”.[3] AnyVision president, Amir Kain, is former head of the security department at Israel’s Ministry of Defense. One of its advisers, Tamir Pardo, is former head of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. CEO of AnyVision since November 2020 is Avi Golan. [4]

AnyVision has developed ‘ Better Tomorrow ’ which is the world’s most advanced Tactical Surveillance System (T.S.S) for real time face recognition that uses deep learning algorithms to detect, track and recognize a Person of Interest (POI) at any given time and scene, with a 99% accuracy rate. Simultaneously analyzes multiple live video streams from various sources such as CCTV cameras, wearable or mobile cameras.[5]

Spanish telecommunications transnational Telefónica[6] and G4S[7] also use AnyVision’s technology. The city of Nice[8], France, surveilled citizens with AnyVision and the entry to the London stadium was surveilled by AnyVision in 2019.[9]  In 2018 Anyvision took part in a pilot project in a train station in Berlin to monitor travelers. [10]

The company’s software has been installed in over 100,000 cameras, in 43 countries as part of some 350 projects. The software operates on real-time scanning and cross-analysis of data collected from various sources, including open-source data collection. Anyvision was reportedly operating among others in: France, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Israel.

Among others, the company sells its technology to state actors in Russia[11] and was expanding its operations in Hong Kong in the summer of 2019[12], as facial recognition technologies were documented being used to repress protests there. The U.S. Navy also bought AnyVision’s technology in 2019[13], and the company’s CEO said the company employs lobbyists in the U.S. Congress to “explain why artificial intelligence is a good thing.”[14]

In 2019 Anyvision partnered with the Konica Minolta Business Innovation Center (BIC) from Japan and Mobotix from Germany to develop a new biometric facial recognition solution to be embedded into IoT smart cameras. Facial recognition software from AnyVision will be integrated with the Mobotix 7 app platform for Mobotix cameras, and by performing local biometric matching eliminates costly server overhead, improves data privacy and eases deployment, according to the announcement.[15]

In July 2020 the Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona decided to operate Anyvision’s biometric facial recognition camera system in 40 stores in Costa Blanca, Mallorca and Zaragoza to block access to people who are not allowed to enter the store or be near employees.[16]

Acquisitions / Subsidiaries / Fundings:

 

In March 2020 Microsoft Corp decided it would sell its stake in AnyVision and said it no longer would make minority investments in companies that sell facial recognition technology. Microsoft came under scrutiny in 2019 for participating in a $74 million funding round for AnyVision. Microsoft hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a team from Covington & Burling to investigate claims, that Anyvision’s technlogoy was used to surveil Palestinians in the West Bank.[17]

In September 2020 AnyVision has announced that it has raised $43 million from existing investors including investment funds and private investors.[18] AnyVision has raised a total of $117M in funding, to the date of December 2020. AnyVision is funded by seven investors, among them: DFJ Growth, Eldridge, Qualcomm Ventures, M12, Bosch, OG Technology Partners. [19]

Partners of AnyVision, as listed on their website are: Nvidia, Bosch, Bank Hapoalim, Orion, Synetics, Telefonica, Honeywell, Axis, Genetec, Indigivisions, Johnson Controls, Milestone.[20]

In September 2020 the defense electronics company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and the shareholders of AnyVision set up a joint venture in the military-defense sector. The new company, named SightX is jointly owned 50-50 by AnyVision’s shareholders and Rafael.[21]  In December 2020 SightX announced the development of mini UAVs that will use AI-recognition technology to spot armed persons inside of buildings. [22]  Rafael organized a demonstration of the technology, including commercial drones and a dog-like robot, shown to defense and security clients from around the world.[24] 

In July 2021 Anyvision announced that last week that it has secured $235 million in new investments from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Eldridge with further participation from existing investors. Furthermore, uo increase its market reach, AnyVision has forged strategic relationships with several key partners in the security market, including Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Boon Edam, Ambarella, and Nvidia.[31]

Anyvision has offices in: Tel Aviv, New York, Mexico, London, Belfast and Singapore.[23]

Main Products:

 

SesaMe: A customer onboarding and authentication SDK.

Abraxas: A touchless access control solution that uses facial recognition to open guarded points of entry for authorized people.

Better Tomorrow: An automated watchlist alerting system that identifies persons of interest and their contact history in real-time and historically.

Use by Israeli Forces and authorities:

 

AnyVision plays a direct role in Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, which includes Israel’s illegal wall and military checkpoints. According to the Israeli army, AnyVision is part of a “program to upgrade” military checkpoints in the West Bank through adding technology for new “identification and inspection stations”. The Israeli newspaper TheMarker has learned that Anyvision is taking part in two special projects in assisting the Israeli army[25] in the West Bank[26]. One involves a system that it has installed at army checkpoints that thousands of Palestinians pass through each day on their way to work from the West Bank. The product lets the army quickly identify whether the person passing through has an Israeli work permit, thereby shortening the wait at the border.

Anyvision also maintains cameras for the Israeli military deep inside the West Bank to spy on Palestinians and enable the Israeli military’s illegal targeting of civilians.[27]

In April 2020, Anyvision deployed thermal cameras at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital). The cameras can measure body temperature from a distance and are capable of determining whether a high temperature is caused by disease or by another cause such as physical activity.[28] Media also reported that Anyvision installed facial recognition technology in Ichilov hospital for the surveillance of patients. Anyvision stated that the technology is only being tested there, but it is not clear if to date the system is still installed and operating there.[29]

Anyvision’s product is also being used by the Israeli Bank “Bank Hapoalim” since 2018.[30]

For more information about the company’s involvement in the Israeli occupation, you may visit Who Profits. More information about the company and its financial profile, as well as investors, can be found at Investigate.

1. ^ https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3806587,00.html

2. ^ https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-facial-recognition-co-anyvision-raises-43m-1001341654

3. ^ http://www.anyvision.co/index.php/about-us/

4. ^ https://aithority.com/computer-vision/anyvision-appoints-silicon-valley-tech-veteran-avi-golan-as-its-new-ceo/

5. ^ https://www.export.gov.il/catalog/digitalmediacatalogue/aboutcompany/2863/0

6. ^ https://securitynewsdesk.com/anyvision-telefonica-announce-integration-partnership/?fbclid=IwAR3SuPl9psnpdgQfqDgbvgrcNHSfp5xc1GoAKNWFojnM04ZWA7V0364g2nE

7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/AnyvisionBT/photos/a.192919011509078/403406813793629/?type=3&theater

8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/AnyvisionBT/posts/379339612867016?

9. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/201806/anyvision-facial-recognition-to-provide-ticketless-entry-at-london-stadium-this-summer

10. ^ https://digit.site36.net/2018/07/31/surveillance-laboratory-suedkreuz/

11. ^ https://www.fastcompany.com/90395146/microsoft-backed-facial-recognition-firm-rethinks-its-role-in-hong-kong

12. ^ https://www.fastcompany.com/90395146/microsoft-backed-facial-recognition-firm-rethinks-its-role-in-hong-kong

13. ^ https://www.usaspending.gov/#/award/84466836

14. ^ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-this-israeli-face-recognition-startup-is-secretly-tracking-palestinians-1.7500359

15. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/201910/anyvision-mobotix-and-konica-minolta-partner-for-edge-facial-recognition-iot-cameras

16. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/202007/anyvision-biometrics-rolled-out-in-spanish-supermarkets-cmo-answers-bias-concerns

17. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-microsoft-anyvision-idUSKBN21E3BA

18. ^ https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-facial-recognition-co-anyvision-raises-43m-1001341654

19. ^ https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/anyvision/company_financials

20. ^ https://www.anyvision.co/

21. ^ https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-rafael-in-talks-with-anyvision-on-facial-recognition-jv-1001341588

22. ^ https://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/0,7340,L-3884198,00.html

23. ^ https://www.anyvision.co/contact-creative

24. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/202101/biometrics-planned-for-anyvision-jvs-first-drones-for-military-use

25. ^ https://www.haaretz.com/misc/tags/TAG-idf-1.5598943

26. ^ https://www.haaretz.com/misc/tags/TAG-west-bank-1.5598977

27. ^ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-this-israeli-face-recognition-startup-is-secretly-tracking-palestinians-1.7500359

28. ^ https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3806587,00.html

29. ^ https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5581321,00.html

30. ^ https://www.calcalist.co.il/conference/articles/0,7340,L-3748685,00.html

31. ^ https://www.securityinfowatch.com/access-identity/biometrics/facial-recognition-solutions/news/21230149/anyvision-raises-235m-in-new-funding

Anyvision

Founded in 2015, the Israeli company AnyVision, based in Herzeliya, develops software for real-time face and object recognition in large crowds, using AI and machine learning algorithms. The company’s technology can interface with security cameras for security at airports and stadiums, also offering service to the private sector, including retailers.[1]

With offices in Tel Aviv, New York, Mexico, London, Belfast and Singapore, the company has quickly gained investments, contracts and joint ventures with the Israeli military, governments and companies internationally.[2] AnyVision promotes itself as a company of “AI Designers & Security Veterans” with over 20 years of “field experience”.[3] AnyVision president, Amir Kain, is former head of the security department at Israel’s Ministry of Defense. One of its advisers, Tamir Pardo, is former head of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. CEO of AnyVision since November 2020 is Avi Golan. [4]

AnyVision has developed ‘ Better Tomorrow ’ which is the world’s most advanced Tactical Surveillance System (T.S.S) for real time face recognition that uses deep learning algorithms to detect, track and recognize a Person of Interest (POI) at any given time and scene, with a 99% accuracy rate. Simultaneously analyzes multiple live video streams from various sources such as CCTV cameras, wearable or mobile cameras.[5]

Spanish telecommunications transnational Telefónica[6] and G4S[7] also use AnyVision’s technology. The city of Nice[8], France, surveilled citizens with AnyVision and the entry to the London stadium was surveilled by AnyVision in 2019.[9]  In 2018 Anyvision took part in a pilot project in a train station in Berlin to monitor travelers. [10]

The company’s software has been installed in over 100,000 cameras, in 43 countries as part of some 350 projects. The software operates on real-time scanning and cross-analysis of data collected from various sources, including open-source data collection. Anyvision was reportedly operating among others in: France, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Israel.

Among others, the company sells its technology to state actors in Russia[11] and was expanding its operations in Hong Kong in the summer of 2019[12], as facial recognition technologies were documented being used to repress protests there. The U.S. Navy also bought AnyVision’s technology in 2019[13], and the company’s CEO said the company employs lobbyists in the U.S. Congress to “explain why artificial intelligence is a good thing.”[14]

In 2019 Anyvision partnered with the Konica Minolta Business Innovation Center (BIC) from Japan and Mobotix from Germany to develop a new biometric facial recognition solution to be embedded into IoT smart cameras. Facial recognition software from AnyVision will be integrated with the Mobotix 7 app platform for Mobotix cameras, and by performing local biometric matching eliminates costly server overhead, improves data privacy and eases deployment, according to the announcement.[15]

In July 2020 the Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona decided to operate Anyvision’s biometric facial recognition camera system in 40 stores in Costa Blanca, Mallorca and Zaragoza to block access to people who are not allowed to enter the store or be near employees.[16]

In March 2020 Microsoft Corp decided it would sell its stake in AnyVision and said it no longer would make minority investments in companies that sell facial recognition technology. Microsoft came under scrutiny in 2019 for participating in a $74 million funding round for AnyVision. Microsoft hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a team from Covington & Burling to investigate claims, that Anyvision’s technlogoy was used to surveil Palestinians in the West Bank.[1]

In September 2020 AnyVision has announced that it has raised $43 million from existing investors including investment funds and private investors.[2] AnyVision has raised a total of $117M in funding, to the date of December 2020. AnyVision is funded by seven investors, among them: DFJ Growth, Eldridge, Qualcomm Ventures, M12, Bosch, OG Technology Partners. [3]

Partners of AnyVision, as listed on their website are: Nvidia, Bosch, Bank Hapoalim, Orion, Synetics, Telefonica, Honeywell, Axis, Genetec, Indigivisions, Johnson Controls, Milestone.[4]

In September 2020 the defense electronics company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and the shareholders of AnyVision set up a joint venture in the military-defense sector. The new company, named SightX is jointly owned 50-50 by AnyVision’s shareholders and Rafael.[5]  In December 2020 SightX announced the development of mini UAVs that will use AI-recognition technology to spot armed persons inside of buildings. [6]  Rafael organized a demonstration of the technology, including commercial drones and a dog-like robot, shown to defense and security clients from around the world.

Anyvision has offices in: Tel Aviv, New York, Mexico, London, Belfast and Singapore.[7]

SesaMe: A customer onboarding and authentication SDK.

Abraxas: A touchless access control solution that uses facial recognition to open guarded points of entry for authorized people.

Better Tomorrow: An automated watchlist alerting system that identifies persons of[1] interest and their contact history in real-time and historically.

AnyVision plays a direct role in Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, which includes Israel’s illegal wall and military checkpoints. According to the Israeli army, AnyVision is part of a “program to upgrade” military checkpoints in the West Bank through adding technology for new “identification and inspection stations”. The Israeli newspaper TheMarker has learned that Anyvision is taking part in two special projects in assisting the Israeli army[1] in the West Bank[2]. One involves a system that it has installed at army checkpoints that thousands of Palestinians pass through each day on their way to work from the West Bank. The product lets the army quickly identify whether the person passing through has an Israeli work permit, thereby shortening the wait at the border.

Anyvision also maintains cameras for the Israeli military deep inside the West Bank to spy on Palestinians and enable the Israeli military’s illegal targeting of civilians.[3]

In April 2020, Anyvision deployed thermal cameras at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital). The cameras can measure body temperature from a distance and are capable of determining whether a high temperature is caused by disease or by another cause such as physical activity.[4] Media also reported that Anyvision installed facial recognition technology in Ichilov hospital for the surveillance of patients. Anyvision stated that the technology is only being tested there, but it is not clear if to date the system is still installed and operating there.[5]

Anyvision’s product is also being used by the Israeli Bank “Bank Hapoalim” since 2018.[6]

For more information about the company’s involvement in the Israeli occupation, you may visit Who Profits. More information about the company and its financial profile, as well as investors, can be found at Investigate.