January 15th, 2003


ooh, this goes nicely with the ID cards ;-)

they're going to upgrade the CCTV cameras on UK railways to be more useful. Instead of the guards who used to answer questions and keep an eye on things, we're going to have "trials for automatic CCTV monitoring systems to detect vandalism at railway stations, depots and to rolling stock... revolutionary systems, which, by the use of advanced computer vision techniques, automatically identify behaviour threatening to passengers and assets" Apparently "violent and aggressive activity is identified by characteristic patterns of movement, based upon 10 years of research into human behaviour". The company is called Ipsotek and they can apparently spot a punch coming ;-)

So, is this Brin's Transparent Society on the way or are there going to be leaves on the line?
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