survey_x220A new technology that is still under development will allow your computer to actually “see” what is happening in a video feed, and describe it in text. The advantages to this are numerous as this can replace the need for having someone actually sit and monitor the video feeds. It can also help out or even replace the human aspect of searching through hours of video or analyzing it.

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face_recognition With all the threats of bombs and hijackers boarding planes, and the recent exposure of how weak our airport security really is, experts are brainstorming of new, high tech ways to catch terrorists. One high tech proposal is to create a system of camera and sensors in airports that will be able to read people’s minds and pick who should be pulled out for extra screening. As unrealistic as it sounds, this is something that can really be done, and chances are, will soon be.

One company is working on making this a reality by creating a system called WeCU – as in “We See You.” The way that this system would work is it would project images onto airport screens, such as symbols associated with a terrorist group or some other image only a terrorist would recognize. The idea behind doing this is that it will trigger a reaction because people can’t help reacting, even if only subtly or even unconsciously, to familiar images that suddenly appear in unfamiliar places. An example of this would be if you strolled through an airport and saw a picture of your mother, you couldn’t help but respond. The reaction could be a darting of the eyes, an increased heartbeat, a nervous twitch or faster breathing.

The WeCU system would use trained officials to do some of the observing but would mostly rely on hidden cameras or sensors that can detect a slight rise in body temperature and heart rate. If the sensors picked up a suspicious reaction, the traveler could be pulled out of line for further screening.

“One by one, you can screen out from the flow of people those with specific malicious intent,”  said Ehud Givon, CEO of WeCU Technologies.

face-scanAnother method for screening passengers that is being worked on by Homeland Security is called the Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, and works like a souped-up polygraph or lie detector test.

The people pulled aside for additional screening would have to go through a number of tests, including scans of facial movements and pupil dilation, for signs of deception. Small platforms similar to the balancing boards used in the Nintendo Wii would help detect fidgeting, which is another strong sign of deception. The balancing boards could also be made to work passively, scanning people as they walk through a security line, helping find individuals with malicious intent. Field testing of the FAST system could begin in 2011 and will cost around $20 million to develop.

As much as this sounds like science fiction, this is something that will soon be common practice in most airports, and hopefully will be enough to catch terrorists and keep passengers safe. And at the same time, should cut down the time wasted by using random security checks on people that would most likely not be terrorists, such as 80-year-old grandmothers or students.

(Via News.Yahoo)

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drone The U.S. has been using Predator drones, or unmanned jets,  to carry out attacks and surveillance missions in Iraq, but sources say that Iraqi militants have been using these video feeds to their own advantage. With a program called SkyGrabber, that can be bought online for around $26, Iraqi militants were able to intercept the live video feeds that the Predator jets were capturing. This type of intel allowed the Iraqis to basically anticipate and avoid any U.S. military action.

The security vulnerability of the video feeds exhibits how much work the military needs to do to secure and encrypt their network.


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drone-1_monster_397x224Recently the U.S. Air Force has completed developing and testing for a new unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV for short. Being virtually invisible to radar systems, the new UAV will be used for surveillance missions and is said to have the capability to gather aerial intelligence over Iran without detection, perhaps keeping track of the Islamic Republic’s emerging nuclear program.

Gene Robinson, founder of RP Flight Systems, which develops such planes for the civilian market, said that it is likely that the plain has no metal parts, except for its engine, making it effectively invisible to radar systems. Jamey D. Jacob, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University, also said that the system is probably painted with a special paint and that it is likely composed of composite materials that add to its stealth capabilities.

Jacob also does not think the U.S. needs this kind of stealth technology to prevail in Afghanistan, even though the aircraft has apparently flown there, and is known as “The Beast of Kandahar.”

“Why does the U.S. need to have a super secret stealth UAV in Afghanistan?” he asked. “The Taliban and Al Qaeda don’t have radar seeking missiles we know of, so Predators and Global Hawks should work fine. This may mean then that Afghanistan is being used as a base of operations to fly covert surveillance missions over Iran, who do have radar based ground-to-air missiles.”

This is the first UAV of its type in operation, although Boeing and Northrop-Grumman are developing similar designs. “The fact that it is in the field already is telling in my opinion,” Jacob says.

(Via Fox News)

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