U.S. legislators move to limit drone surveillance and facial recognition

Bicameral legislation was introduced last week to the U.S. houses of congress by Senator Edward J. Markey and Rep. Peter Welch to protect individual privacy from the growing number of government and commercial drones in use. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act (PDF) has been referred to the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce. “What happens if there are drones that are gathering, through facial recognition, who is shopping on Main Street and selling that

UK surveillance camera commissioner releases national strategy

UK surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter has released a national strategy for how CCTV should be operated and to ensure that cameras are not infringing the public’s privacy. Porter, who is responsible for overseeing the UK’s governance of surveillance cameras, was advised by University of Stirling’s privacy expert Professor William Webster on the development of the strategy. Designed to help maintain the safety of UK citizens in public places and their privacy rights, the strategy promotes best practice in how

Public-private surveillance project in India raises privacy concerns

A surveillance project in Mumbai that would see private and public establishments share their CCTV feed with the police is raising privacy concerns over allowing police access to private networks, according to a report by DNA India. The surveillance project consists of a network of 4,717 cameras, installed at 1,510 sensitive locations. In an effort to improve surveillance, enable faster response and enhance protection, the government wants live access to the video feeds of malls, five-star hotels, shops, banks and

Biometrica updates SSIN solution, adds facial recognition to mobile app

Biometrica Systems have announced the release of an updated version of SSIN, their fully encrypted Security & Surveillance Information Network. According to the company website, SSIN is a real-time alert system that enables the sharing of information between a broad network of more than 200 casinos and gaming agencies and law enforcement agencies. It is a fully encrypted, peer-to-peer private information system, incorporating both shared watch-lists from different groups and intra-organizational watch-lists, which allow for the notification of people, events,

NXT-ID joins Cisco solution partner program

NXT-ID, Inc. has joined the Cisco Solution Partner Program as a solution partner. “We are very excited about our collaboration with Cisco as a Solution Partner and see it as a milestone for our business strategy moving forward,” said NXT-ID CEO Gino Pereira. “Having access to the Cisco Partner Ecosystem will play an important role in growing our business. Through this program we intend to provide biometric and encryption solutions involving facial recognition and later on, voice recognition.” NXT-ID’s MobileBio

NEC launches AI software with specific individual search

NEC Corporation globally launched NeoFace Image data mining (NeoFace Idm), specialized software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to rapidly and accurately search video footage, such as content from CCTV cameras, for specific individuals. NeoFace Idm can search for subjects who appear at certain times and locations, or who appear with other specific subjects of interest. The software offers a range of applications, such as law enforcement agencies searching for lost children, and retailers providing improved customer service. When searching video

Artec technologies releases face recognition surveillance solution

artec technologies AG has released MULTIEYE-Face, the company’s new biometric image processing software for face recognition, designed for security, criminological and forensic applications. MULTIEYE-Face is now a part of artec’s line of MULTIEYE product and system solutions for video security and surveillance applications. The solution can either be used in the live stream or for the retrospective analysis of video archives, making it suitable for a range of uses including public spaces, airports, large facilities, soccer stadiums or undercover investigations.

California bill would set security standards for protecting biometric data

A California politician has resurrected a one-year-old bill to set a standard for businesses to protect private consumer data, including biometric and geolocation data, according to a report by Bloomberg Law. In the last two weeks of the legislative session, assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) updated A.B. 83, in an effort to set new standards for businesses to practice reasonable security procedures and practices if they retain personal information. Made public on August 20 just days before the session’s August 31

Survey from Accenture examines perception of video analytics and facial recognition

Accenture’s Digital Pulse survey recently asked citizens to weigh in on the top-three ways that government can keep citizens safe at public events such as parades, political conventions or concerts. The survey asked whether government should monitor social media for potential threats, increase government and police collaboration, or use facial recognition and video analytic technology to thwart attacks. The data showed some unexpected gender and generational gaps. According to the survey, almost one half (47 percent) of Baby Boomers chose

Islamabad safe city project includes facial recognition software

According to a report in Business Recorder, Islamabad Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali Khan inaugurated its safe city project in Islamabad on Monday. 1950 surveillance cameras have been installed at different points of the city in an effort to control the crime rate in the capital, keep a check on car thieves and improve the traffic system in Pakistan’s capital city. The CCTV surveillance system will also help security departments track criminal suspects. The CCTV based safe city project