The BBC have reported this week that a police force in Leicester will be the first in the country to trial unique new facial recognition software for all of their collected CCTV footage. This is certainly not the first case of this type of technology being used in the UK, with Glasgow annnouncing the city-wide installation of facial recognition CCTV systems last year. The capabilities of this new system however are significantly more advanced, and provide new potential methods that are unavailable even with modern video analytics techniques, and the force is already claiming an impressively high rate of positive identification.
Tonight sees the premier of Hive Alive, BBC2′s latest documentary to bring wildlife observation and behavior to the masses, following such runaway successes as Springwatch and Lambing Live. This installment promises to delve into the hidden workings of a bee colony, with a combination of cutting edge technology and tiny beehive cameras to monitor activity in the colony. Whilst it may not initially seem as glamorous- or cuddly- as other types of wildlife watching, Bees are nature’s unsung heroes, playing a vital role in our food production, and what’s more- they need our help!
Scenario- I am retiring this year, and with some initial trepidation I have jumped in the deep end (so to speak) and purchased a narrow boat, so me and my wife can fulfll a long ambition in spending our days floating along Britain’s beautiful waterways. Unfortunately, our first trips have exposed a serious flaw in this plan- I appear to be incapable of steering the thing without colliding with anything remotely in my path. This was painfully demonstated recently with an horrific incident involving a lock and an innocent rubber dinghy. Now, I’m sure experienced boaters will balk at my troubles and suggest more practice, but at this stage I’m genuinely fearful for the safety of my fellow canal-goers. Do you have anything that can help me with steering a canal boat?
Originally made popular by drivers in countries like Russia- where police extortion and insurance fraud are all too common hazards for road users- Dashboard cameras (or “Dashcams”) are now an indispensible tool for drivers all over the world. By sitting behind the windshield and recording every that happens on the road in front of the car, providing you with vital evidence in case of collisions, shunts, or even scam artists. Of course, their widespread usage has also allowed us to capture moments of breathtaking insanity that would otherwise have been lost to the ages. Here are a few of the more ludicrous road users, who now surely wish they were not caught on Dashcam…
1) This Oscar winning acting performance
A textbook example of Russian insurance fraud this one, you almost want to give him points for the well executed double-tuck. Shame he couldn’t quite stick the landing though. Continue reading
Over the last few weeks we’ve been constantly singing the praises of our new IP cameras- network based digital security cameras that allow you to record footage at resolutions much higher than standard CCTV. There’s no denying however, that these systems are a bit more complex than standard analogue kits. Everything from the accessories required to how they are linked together is quite different, so we thought it would be worth taking a look at what goes into a simple IP camera system, as well as what you need to get it all up and running. Don’t take this as gospel however, there are myriad ways they can link together, this is simply one basic example! The system I will work around today looks generally like this-
Scenario: I am the groundskeeper for a small non-league football team. As we traditionally only have a very small local following, so far we have only installed very basic CCTV on the ground, overlooking a few key areas. The boys have had quite a bit of success this season however, and as a result we’ve seen our crowd sizes increase quite a bit. After a couple of drunken incidents we decided it is time to invest in some improved CCTV for crowd control. The budget is not huge, but we can afford some decent gear- just what do we need to consider when looking to set the system up? Would 700TVL cameras be sufficient?
There are some workplace environments where discreet security monitoring can be incredibly difficult. In offices especially, workers can easily spot larger cameras once installed, and once people know about the location of the camera it’s easy for them to adjust their behaviour so that they can avoid it- all of a sudden it becomes much more difficult to catch someone stealing those supplies from the stationary cupboard. Even tiny pinhole cameras can often have their own limitations, as they usually have incredibly limited recording settings, confined to basic motion detection modes. So is there a way to approach the in depth recording settings of fully fledged CCTV in a discreet, self contained camera? Well let me introduce you to our WiFi Hidden IP Cameras.
Now, the astute amongst you may have noticed some publicity this week about some kind of sports event.Yes, it’s that time when all of the countries of the globe- well, 32 of them at least- can bond and fall out over the shared joys of wondrous goals, spectacular skill, and woeful penalty calls. Whilst global audiences tune in on the TV, masses have now descended on the host country to watch the biggest show on the planet, placing huge demands on Brazil’s infrastructure. Amongst the many demands the organisers have had to contend with, from construction to transport links, one of the most contentious issues has always been security at the World Cup.
This week’s CCTV News brings some shocking footage of a 79-year old woman being mugged and teenagers assaulting a disabled man. Also this week, most people fear elevators dropping but have you ever worried about one shooting up to the roof? Well you probably should….
Elderly Woman Mugged Outside her Home
These days CCTV cameras are an integral part of the modern environment, and very few people can deny the important role they play in keeping people and property secure. Even so, this ubiquity has led to unease, with many concerned about a lack of transparency over just who is keeping watch over the footage. Recent advances in technology has pushed this debate forward again, with video analytics software letting authorities automatically identify individuals when their faces are captured on CCTV. Internet-enabled wearable devices such as Google glass even have the potential to bring this kind of ability to the man on the street. It’s no surprise then, that it’s no longer just nefarious individuals who are looking into ways to hide from CCTV cameras. Some enterprising individuals have been looking into it…