Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Mobile OS Patch to Improve Upon Critical Response Time to National Crisis

It sounds a bit odd, but all of this data out there needed for a particular event will be harnessed; however, in this case a vast amount of information has to be called for by whomever, then collected, reviewed manually for relevance and then quality,  analyzed manually, and put through facial recognition.

In this situation, time is against law enforcement, because every minute spent with the above process, is a minute wasted finding possible suspects.

If the Department of Homeland Security were to build an archive data warehouse for images and videos , then with assistance from Mobile OS companies to add an option to the existing share button to add images & video to upload to a national law enforcement archive, a relatively trivial patch e.g. for Android and iOS, part of the process battle is there. Also the user would have to opt in to send their media and therefore there are limited privacy issues.

Image and video facial recognition could start immediately and rerun incrementally based on new media uploaded as the trigger. If the user does allow the media to be shared, they can add an event name, or select from a DHS list, put notes if the user chooses, automatically date time stamp the media, optionally GEO stamped, and select anonymous or allow the sending the user’s contact info stored. Now the true human analysis work may begin without many manual steps.

China’s Baidu Digital Eyewear Targeted Solely for Government

China’s Baidu developing digital eyewear similar to Google Glass | Reuters.

Three paragraphs are extremely interesting, and imply military applications as well as policing their own people.

Kuo said the device will be mounted on a headset with a small LCD screen and will allow users to make image and voice searches as well as conduct facial recognition matches.

 

“What you are doing with your camera, for example, taking a picture of a celebrity and then checking on our database to see if we have a facial image match, you could do the same thing with a wearable visual device,” Kuo said.

 

We haven’t decided whether it is going to be released in any commercial form right now, but we experiment with every kind of technology that is related to search,” Kuo said. Kuo declined to comment on the other functions of the Baidu Eye or whether Baidu is working on other forms of wearable technology.

It implyies that targeted people who are targeted for ‘crimes’ such as civil disobedience, may be tracked in a database.  The last paragraph implies that the technology may be targeted for the ‘public’ / government sector use.  In addition, all governments may use this technologies at their borders easier recognition of targeted individuals.  I could also visualize other highly policed states, where terrorism is very active, to provide these glasses to transportation gatekeepers, such as bus drivers, or train conductor, where at the point of collecting tickets, they may be able to perform retinal recognition, and allow the collection of fees, depending on the accuracy of the technology, as well as identify them for any outstanding warrents for arrest.  A person may board a bus, and by identifying the person through facial, retinal, and/or voice recognition, if cleared a security check, the bus driver may ask automatically, would you like this fare deducted from your linked checking, or which credit card, ending in the last for digits.

This technology might eventually be mandated by the states within the EU.  That’s a thought, as well as the requirements to connect each border check to cross reference with Interpol, the World Health Organization (WHO) for the spread of possible infectious disease control, as well as local government warrents.

Brave New World.