Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Machine vision keeping us safe

In the light of the recent terrorist attack at Moscow Airport the use of intelligent CCTV seems to have taken on added importance. Of course, there’s no way of knowing if machine-vision enhanced CCTV would have prevented the outrage – in fact it probably wouldn’t – but as this article on Photonics.com describes, (“CCTV technology to foil terrorism,” December 2010,) automated surveillance technology continues to advance.

The thrust of the article is about identifying unattended luggage, which I think I’ve read about before, but the intention of the SUBITO project is to go a step further by tracking the person who left it. Clearly this isn’t going to stop a suicide attacker but it might be enough to foil the bomber who wants to live to kill another day.

Projects like this encourage me that machine vision is helping to make the world a better place.

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