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One step closer to the panopticon: Ohio prof develops CCTV people-tracker ‘ware


http://www.prisonplanet.com/ohio-prof-develops-cctv-people-tracker-ware.html
Boffins in Ohio have taken another step towards the global surveillance panopticon of the future, developing software which can autonomously track an individual through a city using CCTV cameras. James W Davis, associate prof at the Ohio State computer science and engineering department, developed the new spyware with the aid of grad student Karthik Sankaranarayanan. Davis and Sankaranarayanan’s code works by using a pan-tilt-zoom camera to create a panoramic image of its entire field of view, and then linking each ground pixel in the picture to a georeferenced location on a map. This means that when the camera sees a person or vehicle, the computer also knows in terms of map coordinates where it is looking.

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December 20, 2008 - Posted by | Panopticon USA, Popular Culture Social Programming

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