Orlando police confirmed they are testing Amazon’s real-time facial recognition on the streets.

The fact that the facial recognition technology was active in public was not willingly shared by the police service. At first, the police department denied and said the trial was confined to its headquarters as the existing pilot was limited to basic testing, and no members of the public were entered for search.

However, after the news was announced by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), police chief John Mina officially admitted at a press conference that three of the city’s IRIS cameras downtown were also equipped with the software. More »

800px-Ballet-Ballerina-1847The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts officially opened its doors in downtown Orlando after a 25-year period of planning and fundraising. Construction works began three years ago.

Hundreds gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held at the corner of South Street and Orange Avenue on Thursday morning. Mayors Buddy Dyer and Teresa Jacobs, governmental officials, donors, members of the arts and over 100 representatives of the media attended the event. Dyer called the grand opening of the center “once-in-a-lifetime event” for the city. While speaking at the ceremony, officials said they expect the center to host 300 events a year and emphasized the positive economic and cultural impacts on the Central Florida community. More »

Dr._Phillips_Center_ConstructionThe new center’s grand opening is scheduled for November 6. After the announcement that Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will host splashy Broadway shows, co-presented with Florida Theatrical Association: “The Phantom of the Opera” in December and “The Book of Mormon” at Christmas, as well as Orlando Ballet with “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”, representatives of Dr. Phillips Center unveiled a few days ago other shows to be seen during the new center’s first months of operation. More »