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Surveillance system that scans crowds and automatically identifies people by their faces. Read more:

We had
2012 Oct 04 (2) – Face recognition and
2012 Oct 27 (2) – Biometric recognition algorithms – face measurement
and here some news of today:

 

Facial scanning is making gains in surveillance

The federal government is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces, raising concerns among some privacy advocates.

The federal government is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would pair computers with video cameras to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with researchers working on the project.

The Department of Homeland Security tested a crowd-scanning project called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System - or BOSS - last fall after two years of government-financed development. Although the system is not ready for use, researchers say they are making significant advances. That alarms privacy advocates, who say that now is the time for the government to establish oversight rules and limits on how it will someday be used.

There have been stabs for over a decade at building a system that would help match faces in a crowd with names on a watch list

The system consists of two towers bearing “robotic camera structures” with infrared and distance sensors. They take pictures of the same subject from slightly different angles. A computer then processes the images into a “3-D signature” built from data like the ratios between various points on someone’s face to be compared against data about faces stored in a watch-list database, the documents show.

 

When someone steps in front of a counter, for instance at an airport, then such a system can recognize a wanted face immediately and he can get handcuffed. Such systems work well already today. We have to wait a little bit longer until such a system can recognize a wanted face in a crowd and then also the automatic handcuffing is not so easy. It would probably be easier to shoot such a person; that would be more to the liking of Obama.

When we look at a country like Yemen then we have a country where one has a good chance to get killed by a drone directed by Obama. A little bit to the North, in Saudi Arabia, also a country with friendly ties to America, the chance is already smaller, und more so in Israel, also a friend of the USA.

In Europe it is probably just a question of time until these governments, vassals of Obama, would no longer complain when Obama uses drones there.

Russia just granted asylum to Edward Snowden, much to the anger of Obama, so Putin might strongly object to Obama using drones there. The Chinese would probably also not fancy Obama killing people there. Maybe the South American countries would also not like to play along with Obama and are probably also able to prevent him killing there. Then there are many countries that would not like the idea of Obama murdering people in their countries and many of them would also be able to stop him. So one can already today draw a world map which shows areas in different shades of red, how much blood Obama is potentially able to shed.

The Egyptians might be in a state of transition, away from Obama, and towards Saudi Arabia, may be even to Putin.

The English government seems to receive its orders directly from the American embassy and so do the rest of governments in Europe.

So such a world map in different shades of red would come handy for people like Glenn Greenwald and his Partner David Miranda and all people who are not friends of Obama and do not yet worship him.

 

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