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Facewatch is a system that lets retailers, publicans, and restaurateurs easily share private CCTV footage with the police and other Facewatch users. In theory, Facewatch lets you easily report shoplifters to the police, and to share the faces of generally unpleasant clients/drunks/etc with other Facewatch users. The BBC reports that Facewatch is currently used at around 10,000 premises. The Facewatch website is full of positive testimonials from shop owners and police forces alike; it does seem to work as intended.
At the Download music festival in Donington Park, Leicestershire, police used cameras connected to NEC's NeoFace system to scan music fans entering the arena to see if their faces matched a specially created database of criminals known to target festivals.
It sparked controversy and an angry on-stage protest from the band Muse, who accused police of "scanning our faces without telling us".
Create detailed incident reports, including the ability to add CCTV and still imagery producing an electronic evidence pack to enable the police to make successful prosecutions. Or this information can also be stored for in-house intelligence purposes.
Facewatch lets you share "subjects of interest" with other Facewatch users even if they haven't been convicted. If you look at the shop owner in a funny way, or ask for the service charge to be removed from your bill, you might find yourself added to the "subject of interest" list.
Facewatch has been updated so that it can be integrated with real-time face recognition systems, such as NEC's NeoFace. Where previously a member of staff had to keep an eye out for people on the crowdsourced Facewatch watch list, now the system can automatically tell you if someone on the watch list has just entered the premises. A member of staff can then keep an eye on that person, or ask them politely (or not) to leave.
NEC's biometric facial recognition technology is used worldwide for fighting crime, preventing fraud and improving public safety. By applying experience in biometric identification solutions used in 40 countries worldwide over the past decade, NEC has concentrated on developing stronger face recognition methods within the framework of biometric security systems and is now applying face recognition technology to law enforcement and other markets.
Facial recognition technology in the United Kingdom alerts shopkeepers when a former criminal or other "subjects of interest" enter the store.
And all that is assuming that the tech behind Facewatch is perfect. It isn't; Facewatch failed to capture the face of a BBC reporter who recently met up with Gordon to see the technology firsthand because he was wearing "thick-rimmed glasses." Misidentification is a real concern. While Facewatch's promotional video boasts that the technology "increases conviction rates," it seems inevitable that Facewatch would also increase wrongful conviction rates.
originally posted by: intrptr
Wear a cap or hat with a brim, sunglasses and grow a beard. The software goes (?) and dismisses you.
"ECG biometrics identifies people by their cardiac rhythm," said Foteini Agrafioti, an engineer at the University of Toronto who developed a version of the technology and started a company, Bionym, to market it. "Not just their heart rate, but the actual shape of their heartbeat."
Such a heartbeat ID, embedded into a phone or tablet, could lock out unauthorized users or bring up individuals' saved preferences on a shared device, say researchers who study the technology. Heartbeats could be a secure alternative — or supplement — to more established biological ID measures, such as fingerprints. And unlike some futuristic identification schemes, heartbeat IDs are technologically ready to go.
I got a kick out of the idea of wearing a t shirt with the face of a public figure on it.
The Pope has issued a fatwa against me dated 19.12 with orders to carry out the execution today.
You should see my house. Every door is blocked with furniture, I have a pile of knives next to me, PCs streaming live video... I've even had to write dead-man switches (I'm a software developer) to ensure as many know about what happened as possible.
originally posted by: hubrisinxs
a reply to: eisegesis
It might have been said somewhere in all that scary stuff, but can facewatch be used through cell phones?
We will become our own Big Brothers... I myself would never want this app or program or the power to use it!
The new FWMobile app will enable you to take Facewatch with you while you are on the move!