Big Brother just got scarier: Japanese CCTV camera can scan 36 million faces per second – and recognise anyone who has walked into its gaze

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2119386/Could-governments-recognise-ANYONE-instantly-CCTV-Japanese-camera-scan-36-million-faces-second.html

  • Biometric camera stores details of everyone who walks past it
  • Stores ‘library’ of face info
  • Can scan through 36 million faces per second searching for people
  • Will be on sale to governments within next year

By Rob Waugh

PUBLISHED: 11:41 EST, 23 March 2012 | UPDATED: 11:45 EST, 23 March 2012

A new camera technology from Hitachi Hokusai Electric can scan days of camera footage instantly, and find any face which has EVER walked past it.

Its makers boast that it can scan 36 million faces per second.

The technology raises the spectre of governments – or other organisations – being able to ‘find’ anyone instantly simply using a passport photo or a Facebook profile.

 
The software from Hitachi Hokusai electric can scan through 36 million faces a second looking for its 'target'. The software can scan through days of CCTV footage almost instantly

The software from Hitachi Hokusai electric can scan through 36 million faces a second looking for its ‘target’. The software can scan through days of CCTV footage almost instantly

The ‘trick’ is that the camera ‘processes’ faces as it records, so that all faces which pass in front of it are recorded and stored instantly.

Faces are stored as a searchable ‘biometric’ record, storing the unique

When the police – or anyone else – want to search for a particular individual, they’re searching through a gallery of pre-indexed faces, rather than a messy library of footage.

‘We think this system is suitable for customers that have a relatively large-scale surveillance system, such as railways, power companies, law enforcement, and large stores,’ says the company.

The company aims to make the system available within the next tax year, according to a report in DigInfo.

The system does have limitations – it can only scan faces within a certain field of view in front of the camera, and faces have to be at least 40×40 pixels in size to be indexed by the system.

 
The software automates the process of searching large numbers of faces in days of CCTV footage. It will be available in the next tax years, say its makers

The software automates the process of searching large numbers of faces in days of CCTV footage. It will be available in the next tax years, say its makers

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Posted on March 24, 2012, in Science / Technology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sinister Dreams

    That is very scary!

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