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Posted: 4/12/2006 7:19:10 PM EDT
Yeah its England but not unrealistic to think it will be coming to our favorite US urban areas like NYC, Chicago, etc in the future. Of course firearms are banned from such areas anyway. I still found it an interesting read. One day here they will want to be watching.




Device may be able to detect guns
Software developed by scientists in Leics may help police reduce gun crime.
It aims to help CCTV operators identify the characteristics common with criminals carrying weapons.

The project, called Medusa, has been undertaken by a team at Loughborough University in conjunction with four other universities.

There were almost 11,000 firearms offences recorded in England and Wales between 2004 and 2005 - an increase of 6% from the previous year.

Associated behaviour

Researchers will examine genuine CCTV footage of people carrying concealed firearms in order to identify the behaviour of criminals just before they commit a gun-associated crime.

The system will pick up aspects such as body stance and shape, movement or eye contact with cameras.

Using this information the team hope the software will be able to scan incoming CCTV pictures to detect behaviour associated with gun crime.

They will work with colleagues from Kingston, Brighton, Liverpool and Sunderland universities.

Prof Alastair Gale, who is leading the project, said: "We hope that what the computer software will do is reduce that tendency for false positive detection where somebody is stopped and searched and it turns out they are actually an innocent person."





http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/leicestershire/4904518.stm
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:21:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LANCEMAN:
Yeah its England but not unrealistic to think it will be coming to our favorite US urban areas like NYC, Chicago, etc in the future. Of course firearms are banned from such areas anyway. I still found it an interesting read. One day here they will want to be watching.




Device may be able to detect guns
Software developed by scientists in Leics may help police reduce gun crime.
It aims to help CCTV operators identify the characteristics common with criminals carrying weapons.

The project, called Medusa, has been undertaken by a team at Loughborough University in conjunction with four other universities.

There were almost 11,000 firearms offences recorded in England and Wales between 2004 and 2005 - an increase of 6% from the previous year.

Associated behaviour

Researchers will examine genuine CCTV footage of people carrying concealed firearms in order to identify the behaviour of criminals just before they commit a gun-associated crime.

The system will pick up aspects such as body stance and shape, movement or eye contact with cameras.

Using this information the team hope the software will be able to scan incoming CCTV pictures to detect behaviour associated with gun crime.

They will work with colleagues from Kingston, Brighton, Liverpool and Sunderland universities.

Prof Alastair Gale, who is leading the project, said: "We hope that what the computer software will do is reduce that tendency for false positive detection where somebody is stopped and searched and it turns out they are actually an innocent person."





http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/leicestershire/4904518.stm



If that's true, I doubt someone that's carrying lawfully would exhibit the same behavior as someone about to use a gun in a crime.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:31:41 PM EDT
We'll be the only other people not acting like sheep on camera, led to slaughter. We'll be easy to spot.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 8:35:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 8:41:27 PM EDT
Sounds like more “facial recognition” snake oil.

Otherwise known as security brownwear.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 8:45:54 PM EDT
English stupity once again...
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:36:27 PM EDT

Researchers will examine genuine CCTV footage of people carrying concealed firearms in order to identify the behaviour of criminals just before they commit a gun-associated crime.


I would be curious to know whether or not they look any different than criminals who are about to commit a 'knife-associated crime' -

Or a 'broken beer bottle-associated crime' -

Or a 'really wicked sucker-punch-to-the-jaw-associated crime' -

Or a 'pointy-finger-stuck-inside-my-jacket-pocket-so-that-it-sort-of-looks-like-a-gun-associated crime' -
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:40:07 PM EDT
Next they'll be training the police to read thoughts based on body language and facial expression.

Oh, wait...
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:45:20 PM EDT
but...but...I thought guns were illegal there.
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