Sep 072011
 
Surveillance video cameras, Gdynia

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Surveillance security systems and smart DVRs have come a long way in the past decade with the invention of features such as motion detection, scheduled recording, and live video streaming over the web. The lastest development, however, not only surpasses these features in usefulness, but downright puts their technological breakthroughs to shame.

This new concept is similar to an internet search engine, except instead of searching websites,  the new feature allows users to search through huge amounts of video, finding results based on soft biometrics such as estimated height, skin and hair color, clothes, and any other feature that make a person stand out from others.

“If there is a mugging somewhere and the description of the person is six-foot tall, wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a red baseball cap — we can take that description and convert it into an algorithm to actually data mine video networks to search for a person of that description,” said Clinton Fookes, from Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) School of Engineering Systems.

The reason that this is such a breakthrough in surveillance technology is that it’s no longer required to have to manually sit down and look through hours, days, or weeks of footage to find exactly what you’re looking for. Instead, you’d simply have to enter what you want to see and can quickly and effortlessly get the exact footage you’re looking for delivered instantly.

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