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

Finnish police reviewing constitutionality and cost of implementing facial recognition

A working group with Finland’s National Police Board is reviewing the constitutionality and cost of implementing a facial recognition system to help them more easily identify people from the large number of images that its surveillance camera network provides. According to a report in YLE, police currently monitor their country-wide surveillance cameras in cities, roadways and towns every day and when a crime is committed, police must pore through hundreds of images manually and watch hours of real time video

Australian university looking to add facial recognition platform to CCTV system

Australia’s Swinburne University is looking to add heat maps and a facial recognition platform to its system of 900-plus IP-based CCTV security cameras. According to a report in ITNews, Swinburne IT security specialist Chris Goetze said that collecting analytics has become possible after the university upgraded from analogue to digital surveillance cameras several years ago. Goetze says that the move had been inspired by a 2007 storm in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs that caused a lot of property damage to the

UAE police testing facial recognition technology

The Ministry of Interior is testing in the UAE a new facial recognition system comprised of a high-resolution camera and scanner that automatically scans and alerts the authorities if it identifies a wanted suspect, according to Emirates 24/7 News. The facial recognition software is currently being used in a moving patrol car to automatically capture the faces of pedestrians, and comparing it to images of wanted suspects stored on a database. If any wanted suspects are identified, the system will

Panasonic unveils CCTV cameras with facial recognition analytics software

Panasonic has unveiled its new i-Pro SmartHD CCTV cameras with facial recognition analytics software, which comprises of 18 video-surveillance solutions designed to secure cities and populations, according to a report by The Asian Age. The move comes a few months after Panasonic showcased its Intelligent Security solutions portfolio, including products with facial recognition capabilities, at the International Security Conference & Exposition 2015 (ISC West) in Las Vegas. Panasonic’s new cameras incorporate facial recognition analytics software enabling face matching and searching

Netatmo’s home security camera with facial recognition now available in the UK

Netatmo announced it has released Welcome, the smart home security camera featuring revolutionary face recognition technology, for the UK market. Welcome’s face recognition technology is able to put names to the faces it recognizes and promptly sends the names to the user’s smartphone. Additionally, the system notifies the user when it detects an unknown face. The Wi-Fi-connected home camera offers full HD broadcast in vivid colours, an extensive 130 degree view angle and a high-performance night vision. Welcome allows the

NEC to install facial recognition surveillance system at Indonesian shopping mall

NEC Corporation announced it has secured a contract from shopping mall developer PT AEON Mall Sinar Mas Land (AMSL) Indonesia in which it will provide a facial recognition-based video analytics surveillance and infrastructure systems for AEON MALL Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) in Tangerang, Indonesia. NEC will be installing a range of systems including CCTV systems, people counting systems, facial recognition video analytics and IP telephony infrastructure systems. The people counting technology uses facial recognition sensors to track the number of

Australian law enforcement agencies want shared facial recognition database

Australian law enforcement agencies have come together to support a new plan to build a national facial recognition database that will compares faces against images on passports, visas and driver’s licences as an anti-organized crime tool, according to a report by IT News. Attorneys-General and police ministers from the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed Friday to a plan on a plan to fight cross-border criminal networks. The 2015-18 strategic plan will prioritize data sharing capabilities and the war against cybercrime,

Public drones equipped with facial recognition software raise privacy concerns

In a partnership with CNN, drone manufacturer PrecisionHawk and BNSF Railroad, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will test-fly an undisclosed number of small drones for collecting news, according to a report by Buzzfeed. The move follows a February drafting of FAA rules governing commercial drone operations across the country, which would require commercial drones to fly below altitudes of 500 feet and remain within the line of sight of the operator on the ground. Despite these requirements, the

Bogotá mass transit system to test biometric security solution

Bogotá, Columbia will begin trialing an integrated video surveillance system, featuring biometrics and facial recognition cameras, in the city’s TransMilenio (Sivit) transit system, according to a report by El Tiempo. The system, which will initially be piloted at the Jiménez and portal Americas bus stations, is expected to decrease the crime rate and the perception of insecurity in Bogotá’s’ largest mass transit system, said Fund Surveillance and Security District. The facial recognition solution will be able to identify faces in