Singapore trialing NEC facial recognition tech to fight crime more efficiently

The Singapore government is working with NEC to fight crime more efficiently and effectively, according to a report in The Straits Times. Concept trials began this year using NEC’s Neoface facial recognition technology. “… we are looking at an integrated approach that can give us a situation picture (using) video surveillance and that can help enhance our officers’ sense-making and decision-making,” explained Lawrence Tham, deputy director of strategy and concept generation under the Ministry of Home Affairs’ ops-tech group. “That

BrainChip to deliver AI object search and facial recognition for municipal project

BrainChip Holdings has been chosen to provide its AI-powered object search and facial recognition technology in a new large municipal deployment of video surveillance and video analytics. BrainChip Studio’s object search and facial recognition capabilities will initially be deployed in 11 pilot locations during Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, with broader deployments scheduled later in 2018. The project, which has a potential value of more than US$1.2 million, comprises of over 4,000 cameras across several towns and cities in France.

Dublin Airport looking to increase use of its CCTV cameras

In an effort to help improve security and safety, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is looking to increase use of its CCTV cameras to monitor passengers in real time, according to a report by Independent.ie. The DAA is on an information-gathering exercise regarding CCTV video analytics technology to transform its network of cameras from an “image capture” system to an “intelligent and effective detection and alert” system. The DAA is currently inviting companies to suggest possible applications for 1,400 cameras

DHS inundated with bids to build facial-recognition drones

After being flooded with submissions, the Department of Homeland Security has stopped accepting proposals more than two months before its deadline for facial-recognition drones, according to a report by NBC News. The move comes only a month after Customs and Border Protection began soliciting proposals for consumer drones with infrared cameras and facial recognition capabilities, which will be used by U.S. Border Patrol agents to monitor the border. Postings on the government’s purchasing board revealed that the DHS stopped accepting

Dahua Technology, Movidius integrate AI into video surveillance cameras

Intel’s Movidius announced that its Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) technology will power select Dahua Technology video surveillance cameras with advanced intelligence (AI) functions that train the devices to collect, examine, and retain data. Powered by Movidius Myriad 2 ultra-low power Vision technology, the Dahua 2MP High Definition (HD) box camera offers a range of features including crowd density monitoring, stereoscopic vision, facial recognition, people counting, behavior analysis, and detection of illegally parked vehicles. Video cameras equipped with deep

Hitachi develops detection and tracking technology using AI

Hitachi, Ltd. has developed detection and tracking technology using artificial intelligence (AI) which can distinguish a person in real-time using features from over 100 categories of external characteristics including sex, color of clothing or items in hand. Once the system determines the identity of the individual, it can immediately detect and track the person’s movements. Law enforcement and security personnel can use Hitachi’s technology to detect a suspicious individual or a lost child using information from eye-witness accounts to detect

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,