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IBM Touts Smart Surveillance System

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the big-blue-watching-you dept.


mikesd81 writes "Reuters reports that IBM hopes to capitalize on the enormous growth in video surveillance. They'll begin selling technology from their research labs that performs real-time analysis on footage captured by security cameras in stores and sensitive locales. IBM contends that it is the first to add advanced search functions, which make use of computers' improving ability to recognize video content. For example, the IBM system would let a user search for all instances of a green car passing by a store on a certain day. It can also incorporate data gathered from audio or chemical sensors. And IBM said S3 includes important privacy enhancements, such as the ability to automatically obscure faces of customers or passers-by. IBM said that S3's target market includes retail outlets, banks, airports, freight terminals and mass transit systems. It is also being sold to public security agencies and other government departments." C|Net reports that the software is so impressive, it may be monitoring border crossings before too long.

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IBM & DHS (3, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753145)

I think we're going to see a lot more initiatives between International Business Machines & the Department of Homeland Security. One thing I submitted a while ago but wasn't accepted was IBM & Heineken's Beer Living Lab [] which is essentially a proof of concept demonstration of automating and simplifying the process of international beer shipments from 31 paper documents across many countries to a single SOA solution in conjunction with satellite and cellular technology. From what I understand, the shipments are tracked via a Tamper Resistant Embedded Controller (TREC). Net effect is boosted security for countries & a reduction in tracking costs. From the article,
This pilot project is part of the Information Technology for Analysis and Intelligent Design for E-government (ITAIDE) research project funded by the European Commission, in an effort to help reduce security concerns and tax fraud. Implementing the European objectives of Single-Window Access Points (SWA) and Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), this project is expected to lead to significant reductions in the administrative burden and hence a reduction in costs.
I'm not surprised they're working on video analysis software (with the hardware resources they can produce to automate it) but I am surprised that it would be considered to be 'impressive' as a lot of the stuff I've seen is heuristics, pattern recognition & mosaicking ... which I can't really call 'impressive.'

Re:IBM & DHS (1)

legoburner (702695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753415)

I'll try to resist the IBM nazi [] link. Ah crap I failed.

Re:IBM & DHS (3, Informative)

mabhatter654 (561290) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753563)

exactly what I was thinking, you'd think IBM would know better than to get involved in "domestic surveillance" after the place IBM Germany went in the 1940's... And that was WITHOUT computers!!!

Re:IBM & DHS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16754245)

Fortunately Nazi Germany was stopped by WWII. I hope it doesn't take WWIII to stop the US police state. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16754813) [] - a book about how IBM helped Nazis data-mine Jews. People went up in smoke and IBM took the profits.

Someone has to say it. (4, Funny)

neuro.slug (628600) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753151)

Breasts. Can that be your keyword for your search? If so, I'm totally for this advanced technology.

Boobs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753253)

Yeah, you must be ANXIOUS to see this come out. It will make it possible for you to see breasts for the first time in your life.

Re:Boobs? (1)

neuro.slug (628600) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753409)

Here, let me add semantic tagging.

Breasts. Can that be your keyword for your search? If so, I'm totally for this advanced technology.

I hope that helps. And the real humor is that I just got modded insightful!

Re:Boobs? (1)

neuro.slug (628600) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753427)

The preview buttton is your friend...

<sillyRemark plays_into_stereotype="true" meme="yes">Breasts. Can that be your keyword for your search? If so, I'm totally for this advanced technology.</sillyRemark>

Re:Boobs? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753465)

you're a queer

Re:Boobs? (1)

catalina (213767) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753951)

But is the tool clever enough to discriminate between boobs and boobs [] ?

Re:Someone has to say it. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753783)

You...are an idiot.

search for hotties still in development... (1)

davido42 (956948) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753817)

This just in: IBM engineers are still perfecting the "hottie search" feature. However, they have had no luck so far implementing the "find me a date" feature. Go figure. []

Not. Funny. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753901)

Parent sucks at life. End of story.

You fail at LIFE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753945)

What a stupid joke. You lose. (I'm serious about this.)

Re:Someone has to say it. (1)

blackcoot (124938) | more than 7 years ago | (#16755303)

i know this was intended to be funny, but naked people are actually a lot easier to work with from a computer vision point of view than clothed people. if you're curious, check out ioffe and forsyth's work at berkeley.

Re:Someone has to say it. (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16755975)

Your search, "Breasts," did not return any results.

Did you mean "beasts?" []

SCO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753201)

Maybe it will record IBM employees plagiarizing software....

Oh can't help this one... (2, Funny)

boisepunk (764513) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753289)

I for one welcome out new Bir Grother Overlor... (Connection reset by peer)

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753333)

oh, nevermind.

Re:Oh can't help this one... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753351)

Well, this is a good a time as any to get out your trenchcoats, hats and sunglasses, and walk around with a limp.

Finally (1)

ProfessionalCookie (673314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753331)

A surveillance system that respects the privacy of those it's observing.

Offtopic, but... (0, Offtopic)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 7 years ago | (#16754365)

In your .sig you say "free 1680 x 1050 png desktops". So I checked them out. Nice pictures. I assume they are yours. So why do you compress them with zip when png files are already compressed? For example I downloaded the Japanese Fish example. The compressed file is 0.047% (less than half a thousandth!) smaller than the original png file. What's the point? By storing your images as zips you force viewers to download uncompressed files that could otherwise be viewed directly in the browser at full resolution. Adding this level of annoyance seems hardly worthwhile for something like a few microsecond reduction in download times. You've created a barrier for people who might otherwise get to enjoy your creations with little effort and it probably causes you extra hassle too.

Just in time for the "new" Pan-American Union (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753345)

Http://SPP.GOV for the Security and Prosperity Partnership [] initializing the Texas trade Corridor, that builds a superhighway through North America from Mexico to Canada (ruining the jobs of a million USian truckers).

Also, notice how much restored faith IBM has collected by challenging the most minute of encroachments on the people with the right to property, and now they shove their new surveilance technology up our noses. LOOK AT ALL THE TOLL ROADS that STEAL our ORIGINAL free Biways of the common ways! Hear in southern California (Westminster), there is a camera on every stoplight. What will really scare everyone is the fact that the local Police have NO ACCESS to the surveilance system because it is all property of the Department of Defense. Perhaps the Police are disclosed certain elements of copyright information from the DOD and are granted a limited agency for the care of that information, but the DOD holds all the stops on this.

Its Globablism! The Police that participate will eventually lose their jurisdiction and their Hire to a consolidated international criminal racket that asserts to fine the people for more than the typical Non-Tort Violations that the schaudy Police are known for; the internaional surveilance is going to tax based on vehicle size and weight and occupancy and income leve -- completly respecting a measurement inconsistent with the equalities made known in science.

You all just wait until the new fuel sources (that have been available and despised/hidden for a hundred years) save everyone from participating in an unfair payload metric. Check out information on the "Joe Cell" and "Water Electrolysis" for information on helping the vessel energy problems. For the general energy difficulties, look for information on the "Hummingbird Motor" and "Sundance Generator."

Thanks and good luck, ya'll.

The Alpha Troll

Re:Just in time for the "new" Pan-American Union (1)

megaditto (982598) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753989)

And the truckers are entitled to their jobs precisely how? Because they voted Republican?

Could it be THIS system?? (1)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753347)

Re:Could it be THIS system?? (1)

nihaopaul (782885) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753455)

lets hope not, but as some of the comments for that video suggest, it might be time to boycott, btw they missed all the business in the UK from what i hear 1 cam for 7 people. i wonder if they will get the chinese business.

It's the anti-flatulence security system... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753501)

Clearly, the fact that it can be tied to chemical and audio sensors is so that they can spot who farted.

If every time "Joe" is in the frame when the audio and "chemical" sensors detect the presence of a farter then Joe will be moved to the secondary cube farm, further away from HR.

3VR ? (1)

adampr (120423) | more than 7 years ago | (#16753651)

A little misleading about being the "first". Take a look at []

Source code (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753725)

sub facial_anomaly {
  my $facial_symmetry_error = @_;
  if (($facial_symmetry_error >= 25) && ($facial_symmetry_error <= 36)) {
    $object = "Picasso Painting";
  if (($facial_symmetry_error >= 37) && ($facial_symmetry_error <= 41)) {
    $object = "Shannon Dougherty";
  if ($facial_symmetry_error >= 42) {
    $object = "non human";
  return $object;

YNou ifail it? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16753821)

I love these smart [product name] (1)

kbox (980541) | more than 7 years ago | (#16754463)

Now excuse me while i have some smart corflakes and take a smart shower, Im late for the smart beer i should be drinking down the smart pub.

i wonder how this relates to their vace contract (1)

blackcoot (124938) | more than 7 years ago | (#16755361)

which ibm just won as a tier 2 (systems integration) effort. there they're running a bunch of vision algorithms to index video to support intelligence analysts trying to sort through the insane amount of video intelligence that's gathered on a daily basis.

Can it report... (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16757797)

On how many times i give the cameras the bird?

Phfft. If im not doing anything wrong, its none of anyones business where i go, or what i do.

Apple's 1984 Commercial (1)

Brainix (748988) | more than 7 years ago | (#16760345)

Suddenly, Apple's 1984 commercial [] seems even more appropriate.

In related news, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16761721)

Mexicans are painting giant dollar bills on the sides of their cars, to make them invisible to scanners.
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