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Tech team-up produces military identification app

Latvia's state mobile company, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), together with the Defense Ministry and the Riga Technical University, has come up with a prototype app that allows identification of enemy troops and military equipment, LMT president Juris Binde told Latvian Television September 21.

The project, in the form of a mobile app Viedsargs (Smart guard), is a joint effort between LMT, the Defense Ministry and the Riga Technical University. 

Binde said that the mobile app allows following troop movement and identifying military equipment like armored vehicles and tanks. It utilizes deep learning to achieve this goal. 

"Viedsargs is a platform created for the defense of Latvia. It consists of a safe information platform, ensured by infrastructure lying across Latvia and controlled by Latvian companies... the platform, coupled with the internet of things, can be used not only for military purposes but also emergency situations like weather disasters - floods, storms - and looking for missing persons," he said at a presentation of the new system. 

He also shed light on 'the military internet of things', utilizing ground and location sensors as well as thermal and portable cameras for military purposes, repeating however that the app is still a prototype.

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