is with great sadness that we remember the victims of the tragic
bombing during the recent Boston Marathon. And we pay tribute to
the brave law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions
Is there any technology that is available
that would have made their job easier? Over the last two weeks
many organizations have claimed that they could have provided
such technology. Unfortunately they have not considered the fact
that a marathon is a very crowded, uncontrolled environment. All
the traditional motion based video analytics technology and even
our own entry level products would be useless in such a
situation because they would not cope with the crowds and would
generate too many false alarms.
However our more advanced products are
designed to cope with crowded and complex scenes. So the
technology does exist for such situations – hence our
slogan: SEE THROUGH THE CROWD.
iOmniscient’s patented IQ 140 system
can detect a bag in a crowded scene even if has been
significantly obscured by passersby. If the bags had been
detected before the bombs went off, several lives might have
been saved. iOmniscient’s patented IQ Hawk Automated
Surveillance system can automatically capture the face of the
person who left the bag.
|iOmniscient’s Face Recognition in a
Crowd system could have matched the face with images held in the
police data base and identified the culprits. It could also have
tracked them as they attempted to move away in the crowd. Again
this is not easy as most Face Recognition systems today cannot
cope with low resolution images from crowded scenes. However
iOmniscient’s “Face Recognition in a Crowd”
system which requires only 22 pixels between the eyes and can
simultaneously process the recognition of numerous faces with
reasonable accuracy if both eyes are visible has been proven to
always beat a human at this task.
The Automated Response system would have
passed all the information to the smart phone of the nearest
Its unique Jump to Event capability would,
at the press of a single button, take the policeman to the start
of the event and show who brought the bag into the scene and
how. This is important as it helps to quickly sift through
alarms, eliminating what may be an innocent mother standing next
to a pram while focussing on a potentially dangerous situation
where a person has left a bag and walked away.
With the above technology the culprits could possibly have
been identified in minutes and it is possible that the area
could have been evacuated in time to avoid the tragedy.
What if there were no cameras around? The
|cameras are the
eyes and the software is the brain. Without cameras nothing would
have been seen. However just having cameras with no intelligence
would not have helped except after the event. And having the
right type of cameras is important. Too often law enforcement
agencies are hampered with “eyes” that cannot see
Are we sure we could have made a
difference? There are no certainties with security. But the
technology could certainly increase the probabilities in favour
of the law enforcement team providing them with a powerful tool
for beating those who are out to cause chaos and misery.
What price does society put on a human life? This is a political
question rather than a technical one. Should such systems always
be bought based on the lowest price or is it important that they
can actually perform in the complex environment of a real city.
To understand the level of sophistication of the technology that
is available today visit www.iqsmartcity.com
All the technologies that we have described have been
implemented for many customers around the world. If you want to
see all of them working together visit Singapore. We will be
giving you more information on this in a future newsletter.