Microsoft Buys AnyVision: Why?

October 30, 2019

We noted “Why Did Microsoft Fund an Israeli Firm That Surveils West Bank Palestinians?” The write up stated:

Microsoft has invested in a startup that uses facial recognition to surveil Palestinians throughout the West Bank, in spite of the tech giant’s public pledge to avoid using the technology if it encroaches on democratic freedoms. AnyVision, which is headquartered in Israel but has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore, sells an “advanced tactical surveillance” software system, Better Tomorrow. It lets customers identify individuals and objects in any live camera feed, such as a security camera or a smartphone, and then track targets as they move between different feeds.

The write up covers the functions of the firm’s technology. The contentious subject of facial recognition is raised.

However, one question was not asked, “Why?” Microsoft took action despite employee push back on certain projects.

The answer is, “Possess a technology that gets Microsoft closer to Amazon’s capabilities in this particular technical niche.

Microsoft has to beef up in a number of technical spaces. It may have a demanding client and a major project which requires certain capabilities. Marketing is one thing; delivering is another.

Stephen E Arnold, October 30, 2019


2 Responses to “Microsoft Buys AnyVision: Why?”

  1. Gal on November 1st, 2019 6:06 am

    Since it clearly helps Israel maintain its security with minimal damage to Arab settlers in samaria and judea. If only Israeli forces could stop Arabs from daily attacking Jews, it would have been grand.

  2. miles willis on November 3rd, 2019 1:45 pm

    better than no vision…

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