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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Surveillance Systems Are Getting Smarter

Although many see the loss of privacy as a tragedy, the age of constant surveillance is here. And researchers at many institutions are making cameras smarter and better at picking you out of a crowd and recording where you've been, what you are doing now, and where you are going after you are through.

"Cameras and recording won't go away," said Jenq-Neng Hwang, electrical engineering professor at the University of Washington and lead author of a new study. "We might as well take advantage of that fact and extract more useful information for the benefit of the community."

Hwang's team has developed technology that will allow multiple cameras to follow an individual as he or she moves through a crowd, switching seamlessly from one camera to the next as the target moves from one field of view to another. It can do that, even if the target disappears for a while and then reappears in a different area.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/surveillance-systems-smarter/story?id=27242336

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