Corsight

Corsight AI is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, with offices in the US and UK and operations around the world.[1] The company was established as a joint venture between Tel Aviv based-Cortica and Awz Ventures in 2019.[2]

Corsight developes facial recognition technologies.

Corsight’s system processes information taken from surveillance cameras, pictures and other visual sources to create a profile of an individual. Several of its researchers are former members of Israel’s 8200, an elite signal intelligence unit of the Israeli Army.[3]

Corsight’s technology was first developed to assist Israel’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the identification of terrorists and criminals, but expanded its work fast to civil sectors. Corsight says it is already working with airports and various government bodies. In Israel, the firm is in the process of conducting a pilot test at an undisclosed hospital. As to its website, Corsight works with government agencies and companies in a variety of sectors, including law enforcement, aviation, retail, entertainment, and more.

According to the company Corsight’s technologies have already been deployed at South American border crossings and police departments, African banks and mines, Asian cities, and European hospitals and airports.[4]

“Most of our customers we cannot disclose because they are intelligence agencies and special law enforcement units in different countries,” Ronen noted. “I can mention that we are deployed in several police units in Asia, Europe and even in Israel.” According to Corsights website its technologies are deployed in over 50 countries.[5]

Corsight says its technology requires less than 50 percent of the face to be visible for accurate recognition, so it can even identify people wearing face masks.[6] According to Ofer Ronen, head of homeland security at Cortica, the anti-terror technology can be successfully used to identify people now that the coronavirus crisis has made masks mandatory.[7] In February 2021 Corsight was recognized as the top scoring Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) without the presence of masks by the US Department of Homeland Security – as well as ranking second when masks were present.[8] 

In January 2021 it was reported that an Israeli company called Yozmot ltd., that is owned by an ex army general called Danny Tirza, is developing body-cameras with facial recognition for Corsight AI.[30]

Acquisitions / Subsidiaries / Fundings:

In April 2020 Corsight raised $5 million in funding from Canadian venture fund AWZ Ventures.[9] 

In May 2021 Corsight AI has partnered with Netpoleon, a Value-Added Distributor (VAD) of Network and Cyber Security products headquartered in Singapore, to make facial recognition technology more accessible across the Asia region.[10]

In August 2021 Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited (AMTRON) has signed a tripartite MOU with Corsight AI for establishing a strong face recognition technology development and services portfolio along with setting up a Facial Recognition Center of Excellence (FR-COE) at Tech City, Guwahati in India. With this collaboration, AMTRON aspires to provide facial recognition services, capacity development, research & skilling services to the government of India, state governments and allied government organizations and Public Sector Undertakings (“PSUs”) within India.[11]

In October 2021 CBC News reported that AWZ Ventures, is currently in the process of incorporating a subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates, AWZ Horizons, which the company will base in Abu Dhabi. The subsidiary will facilitate the sale of cybersecurity technology to several countries in West Asia and North Africa, such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Corsight is one of AWZ’s portfolio companies. [12] [13]

Customers:

According to a publication of Corsight in July 2020 customers mentioned by the firm were:

  • Israel Police
  • Thailand Police
  • Mexico Police
  • Brazil Federal Police
  • South Africa – Sibanye Stillwater – Goldmine Company
  • EU – In addition, according to the firm, they conducted an airport case study for the European Union including airport security, customs and federal police.[14]
 

Corsight is partnering with Olvitech Corperation that operates in Europe, Russia, and CIS through partners and its facilities in Russia, CIS, Israel, and Europe.[15] [16]

In an interview to France24 CEO Rob Watts said Australian and British police were piloting the technology.[30]

Brazil:

In 2020 the Israeli company Juganu installed upgraded lighting system on the Friendship Bridge that spans the border between the Brazilian city of Foz de Iguaçu and the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este. The lighting system developed in partnership with Corsight, incorporates sensors and cameras that wirelessly and automatically feed facial recognition and license plate information based on autonomous AI to border officials. [17] [18] Juganu has technology installations in other cities, including Veracruz, Mexico; Ma’alot Tarshiha Municipality, Israel; a JNET2 Pilot in Xcaret, Mexico and another in Ipanema, Brazil; and Xocomil Water Park, Guatemala.[19]

South Africa: The South-African company e-Thele is supplying Corsight’s technology.20[20] E-Thele supplied security management systems for mining organisations in South Africa.[21] [22]As to different reports Corsight technologies are implemented in mines in Africa.[23]

UAE

Ofer Ronen, vice president of business development for Corsight, said he has been in talks with UAE police forces.[24] He has been demonstrating Corsight’s complex facial-recognition system, which works from multiple angles, even through a mask. Corsight’s sister company, Fintica, which provides data analysis and analytics, was one of the first Israeli businesses to conclude a deal with the UAE after the signing of the Abraham Accords in September 2020.[25]

Photo: from a Corsight presentation published online.

Use by Israeli Forces and Authorities:

As to publications and statements by Corsight, their technology is used by the Israeli Police. The firm is also in the process of conducting a pilot test at an undisclosed hospital in Israel.[26]

In an Interview for France24 Corsight CEO Rob Watts said his company has “a number of contracts in Israel — governmental contracts and agencies”, but declined to elaborate, citing non-disclosure agreements.[30]

The Military Connections:

Igal Raichelgauz – is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cortica and co-founder of Corsight. Raichelgauz started his career in an elite intelligence unit in the Israeli army.[27] 

Yaron Ashkenazi – Managing partner at Corsight. Is a member in the board of directors. Ashkenazi is a former officer in Israel’s Shin Bet, Served for a decade in the Israel Security Agency (ISA) VIP Protection Division.[28]

Giora Eiland – Partner and member of the board of directors at Corsight. Eiland served in the Israeli army as Head of the Operations Division between 1999-2001 and then as Head of the Planning Division between 2004-2006. He then served as the Head of the National Security Council in the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel.[29] 

1. ^ https://www.corsight.ai/company/

2. ^ https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3887496,00.html

3. ^ https://themedialine.org/life-lines/now-in-use-israeli-facial-recognition-system-that-can-see-through-masks-video-report/

4. ^ https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/42823

5. ^ https://www.corsight.ai/company/

6. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/202004/israeli-military-grade-biometric-facial-recognition-works-with-face-masks

7. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/202004/israeli-military-grade-biometric-facial-recognition-works-with-face-masks

8. ^ https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/corsight-ai-receives-top-rankings-in-2020-biometric-technology-rally-conducted-by-the-department-of-homeland-security-301225577.html

9. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israels-corsight-raises-5m-for-tech-to-recognize-mask-covered-faces-626048

10. ^ https://www.securitymiddleeastmag.com/corsight-taps-into-asian-security-market-with-netpoleon-partnership/

11. ^ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/amtron-israels-corsight-ai-sign-mou-for-setting-up-artificial-intelligence-centre-of-excellence-at-guwahati-tech-city/articleshow/85407367.cms

12. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-united-arab-emirates-surveillance-technology-1.6192281

13. ^ https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/10/04/667814/UAE-Israel-Canada-Palestine-Collaboration-Stephen-Harper-AWZ-Ventures-Surveillance-Cyber-Security

14. ^ https://ist-security.com/ist-wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Corsight-Deck-2020Rev1.pdf

15. ^ https://olvitech.com/about/

16. ^ https://olvitech.com/partners/

17. ^ https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/520304235/juganu-s-smart-lighting-system-transforms-main-border-crossing-between-brazil-and-paraguay

18. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/202007/smart-cities-get-real-biometric-capable-tech-helps-regulate-borders-save-first-responders

19. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/202007/smart-cities-get-real-biometric-capable-tech-helps-regulate-borders-save-first-responders

20. ^ https://www.ethele.co.za/news/

21. ^ https://www.sourcesecurity.com/news/co-8497-ga-co-10139-ga.10069.html

22. ^ https://www.ethele.co.za/ipsecuritycenter-psim-chosen-mining-organization-south-africa/

23. ^ https://www.biometricupdate.com/202004/corsight-ai-raises-5m-to-market-and-develop-real-time-facial-biometrics-for-range-of-applications

24. ^ https://verietyinfo.com/israel/%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%90%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%96%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%99%D7%97%D7%95%D7%93-%D7%94%D7%90%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%9C%D7%A6%D7%95%D7%A8/

25. ^ https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/Bk00xPYRiD

26. ^ https://themedialine.org/life-lines/now-in-use-israeli-facial-recognition-system-that-can-see-through-masks-video-report/

27. ^ https://startupcamel.com/season-2/e14-cortica-igal-raichelgauz/

28. ^ https://techtime.news/tag/yaron-ashkenazi/

29. ^ https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3887496,00.html

30.^ https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220123-israeli-firm-develops-body-cams-with-facial-recognition 

Corsight

Corsight AI is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, with offices in the US and UK and operations around the world.[1] The company was established as a joint venture between Tel Aviv based-Cortica and Awz Ventures in 2019.[2]

Corsight developes facial recognition technologies.

Corsight’s system processes information taken from surveillance cameras, pictures and other visual sources to create a profile of an individual. Several of its researchers are former members of Israel’s 8200, an elite signal intelligence unit of the Israeli Army.[3]

Corsight’s technology was first developed to assist Israel’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the identification of terrorists and criminals, but expanded its work fast to civil sectors. Corsight says it is already working with airports and various government bodies. In Israel, the firm is in the process of conducting a pilot test at an undisclosed hospital. As to its website, Corsight works with government agencies and companies in a variety of sectors, including law enforcement, aviation, retail, entertainment, and more. 

According to the company Corsight’s technologies have already been deployed at South American border crossings and police departments, African banks and mines, Asian cities, and European hospitals and airports.[4]

“Most of our customers we cannot disclose because they are intelligence agencies and special law enforcement units in different countries,” Ronen noted. “I can mention that we are deployed in several police units in Asia, Europe and even in Israel.” According to Corsights website its technologies are deployed in over 50 countries.[5]

Corsight says its technology requires less than 50 percent of the face to be visible for accurate recognition, so it can even identify people wearing face masks.[6] According to Ofer Ronen, head of homeland security at Cortica, the anti-terror technology can be successfully used to identify people now that the coronavirus crisis has made masks mandatory.[7] In February 2021 Corsight was recognized as the top scoring Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) without the presence of masks by the US Department of Homeland Security – as well as ranking second when masks were present.[8] 

In January 2021 it was reported that an Israeli company called Yozmot ltd., that is owned by an ex army general called Danny Tirza, is developing body-cameras with facial recognition for Corsight AI.[30]

In April 2020 Corsight raised $5 million in funding from Canadian venture fund AWZ Ventures.[9] 

In May 2021 Corsight AI has partnered with Netpoleon, a Value-Added Distributor (VAD) of Network and Cyber Security products headquartered in Singapore, to make facial recognition technology more accessible across the Asia region.[10]

In August 2021 Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited (AMTRON) has signed a tripartite MOU with Corsight AI for establishing a strong face recognition technology development and services portfolio along with setting up a Facial Recognition Center of Excellence (FR-COE) at Tech City, Guwahati in India. With this collaboration, AMTRON aspires to provide facial recognition services, capacity development, research & skilling services to the government of India, state governments and allied government organizations and Public Sector Undertakings (“PSUs”) within India.[11]

In October 2021 CBC News reported that AWZ Ventures, is currently in the process of incorporating a subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates, AWZ Horizons, which the company will base in Abu Dhabi. The subsidiary will facilitate the sale of cybersecurity technology to several countries in West Asia and North Africa, such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Corsight is one of AWZ’s portfolio companies. [12] [13]

According to a publication of Corsight in July 2020 customers mentioned by the firm were:

  • Israel Police
  • Thailand Police
  • Mexico Police
  • Brazil Federal Police 
  • South Africa – Sibanye Stillwater – Goldmine Company
  • EU – In addition, according to the firm, they conducted an airport case study for the European Union including airport security, customs and federal police.[14]
 

Corsight is partnering with Olvitech Corperation that operates in Europe, Russia, and CIS through partners and its facilities in Russia, CIS, Israel, and Europe.[15] [16]

In an interview to France24 CEO Rob Watts said Australian and British police were piloting the technology.[30]

Brazil:

In 2020 the Israeli company Juganu installed upgraded lighting system on the Friendship Bridge that spans the border between the Brazilian city of Foz de Iguaçu and the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este. The lighting system developed in partnership with Corsight, incorporates sensors and cameras that wirelessly and automatically feed facial recognition and license plate information based on autonomous AI to border officials. [17] [18] Juganu has technology installations in other cities, including Veracruz, Mexico; Ma’alot Tarshiha Municipality, Israel; a JNET2 Pilot in Xcaret, Mexico and another in Ipanema, Brazil; and Xocomil Water Park, Guatemala.[19]

South Africa: The South-African company e-Thele is supplying Corsight’s technology.20[20] E-Thele supplied security management systems for mining organisations in South Africa.[21] [22]As to different reports Corsight technologies are implemented in mines in Africa.[23]

UAE

Ofer Ronen, vice president of business development for Corsight, said he has been in talks with UAE police forces.[24] He has been demonstrating Corsight’s complex facial-recognition system, which works from multiple angles, even through a mask. Corsight’s sister company, Fintica, which provides data analysis and analytics, was one of the first Israeli businesses to conclude a deal with the UAE after the signing of the Abraham Accords in September 2020.[25]

As to publications and statements by Corsight, their technology is used by the Israeli Police. The firm is also in the process of conducting a pilot test at an undisclosed hospital in Israel.[26]

In an Interview for France24 Corsight CEO Rob Watts said his company has “a number of contracts in Israel — governmental contracts and agencies”, but declined to elaborate, citing non-disclosure agreements.[30]