America Will Improve Its Facial Recognition SoftwareAdded: Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
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The federal government claimed it is ready to create a surveillance system which would pair computers with video cameras in order to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces.
The talk is about the Department of Homeland Security’s crowd scanning project dubbed the Biometric Optical Surveillance System [BOSS], which wasn’t fully baked, but researchers claim they are making advances.
The authorities want to have a system which could match faces in a crowd with names on a watch list and allow police to spot suspects at important events like a presidential inaugural parade or even catch those who have escaped from prison. At the moment, technicians claim that crowd scanning is still too slow and unreliable, but the National Security Agency is still planning to develop a plan in time for when computer processing power is strong enough.
The system was launched as an attempt to help the military detect potential terrorists abroad, but three years ago the Department of Homeland Security wanted it to apply to the United States as well. However, after a recent test of the system, the department didn’t recommend deploying it because it needed more improvements and it is still unclear when this may be done.
According to the researchers, they make progress, while independent experts claim that it’s virtually inevitable that someone will make the broader concept work as camera and compute power keep improving. Perhaps, it could be in place in 5 years, taking into account a 2-year, $5.2 million federal contract provided to Electronic Warfare Associates. The problem is that taking snaps of crowds from a distance is blighted with lighting problems, so the faces of people will be partly obscured. At the moment, BOSS researchers will be trying to overcome such challenges by generating far more data for computers to analyze.
The system consists of 2 towers bearing robotic camera structures with infrared and distance sensors, which are taking pictures of the same subject from slightly different angles. After this, a computer processes the pictures into a “3D signature” created from such data as the ratios between the points on a face to be compared against database of faces.
The latest test involved 30 volunteers whose facial data would be mingled in a database among 1,000 mug shots. After 6 tests to determine the accuracy, it became clear that the technology is question wasn’t ready.
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
|Surprise!!!! That's better, now they can scan your underwear and match it to your face at the airport. So, if you steal someone else's underwear you will be permitted to carry the terrorist label and have to remove your underwear before boarding the airplane. Not sure how that sniffer device fits into this, don't think I want to know.|
|posted by (2013-09-06 18:52:38)|
|^ ^ Are you reading something else?||
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