Facial-recognition startup pushes ahead despite controversy
Longtime Google engineer Chaim Fried built his first surveillance system, around his Brooklyn home, five years ago, after his family lost all its valuables in a daytime burglary. … By 2016 he had founded Owal (pronounced "owl"). It provides facial- and behavioral-recognition technology for residential and commercial buildings, with the aim of making cameras smart enough that a building manager or super "would never look at video unless it's related to a problem," Fried said. … A year after its launch, Owal, based in Downtown Brooklyn in the Future Data Lab at NYU Tandon, is operating in more than 100 buildings, the majority of them residential properties in New York.