Aasset Security Announce The Strengthening Of The Hanwha Techwin America Electronics Range Of Network/IP Cameras
Aasset Security Announce The Strengthening Of The Hanwha Techwin America Electronics Range Of Network/IP Cameras

The Samsung Electronics SCC-C6475 full function pan/tilt & zoom unit with integrated telemetry receiver and built-in compact camera, offers variable pan speeds ranging from 0.1°-180°/sec, 360° continuous pan, 400°/sec preset pan speed, variable tilt speed from 0.1°-90°/sec with 4 integrated alarm inputs & 3 alarm outputs.  The SCC-C6475 also offers: 128 programmable preset positions, camera settings programmable per position, 3 programmable pattern tours, automatic system check (data exchange), activity detection, auto homing, picture in picture with digizoom mode, 16 different telemetry protocols & 12 dynamic privacy zone masking.The built-in network server is a high-performance, dual codec, dual stream, video encoding unit.  It compresses the video signal into two MPEG or MJPEG video streams simultaneously.  In addition, it transmits the stream data out through network in realtime enabling remote monitoring and recording.  Key features1/4" WDR ExView CCD P/S 410.000 pixelsMPEG-4 & M-JPEG compression modes (max 25Fps)Network Protocols: HTTP, FTP, SMTP, TCP, UDP, IP, DHCP, DNS, ARP, NTP, PPPoE,LAN Connection 10/100base T (RJ-45)480 TVL Horizontal ResolutionSensitivity 0.7 lux Colour360° Endless PANRemote Control Interfaces RS-485, RS42222 x optical motorised zoom + 10 x digital zoom 24v Power inputThe Samsung Electronics SCC-B5395 IP Anti-Vandal Colour/Mono Mini dome camera provides clear 540 TVL resolution images by using Digital Signal Processing.  Samsung Electronics uses only the Sony Super-HAD CCD, which optimizes the high frequency and horizontal correction signals.  The camera automatically detects the surrounding illumination levels in real time, and automatically switches the camera to the day or night mode, into colour in bright conditions, and into B/W mode in low light conditions, ensuring that the camera's DSP delivers the best images.  In addition, the camera uses Auto Gain Control and Sens-up (Low Speed Shutter) functions together, ensuring clear low-noise images.The SCC-B5395 IP camera is housed within a high strength polycarbonate dome cover, so that it is safe from external impact, is water resistant and dust proof.  The latest version of digital noise reduction (DNR) function is utilised to remove excess video noise that can occur in video.  The Digital Noise Reduction function of the SCC-B5395 camera uses a special Samsung computer codec to remove video & colour noise, regardless of motion thus ensuring clear, sharp images.The SCC-B5395 IP camera has a 3 way axis gimbal allowing easy rotation of up to 355° horizontally and up to 90° vertically.  Allowing for installations in difficult areas such as walls or other inclined surfaces.  The camera also uses horizontal and vertical mirroring functions to provide correct images regardless of the installation environment. Key featuresVandal Resistant Fixed Dome (IP66 rated)Video motion detection and pre/post-alarm bufferMPEG-4 & M-JPEG compression modes (max. 25 fps)Easy Network Setup such as UPnP function, DDNSDay/Night feature with movable IR cut filterVarifocal Lens: f = 2.9 - 10 mm, auto irisPower Input AC24V/DC12V and PoEThe Samsung Electronics SNC-B2315P day/night IP camera series incorporates the 1/3" 470,000 pixels CCD automatically switching to colour mode or black and white (B/W) mode at night, moving filter technology.  It employs the SONY CCD and utilizes a superior Digital Signal Process to supply sharp images of the highest resolution.  The SCC-B2315 is capable of providing outstanding colour images and clear images in B/W mode even in low level illumination.  The SNC-B2315 camera utilizes the low light function and incorporates an AGC feature with low-speed shutter, so that along with the Day/Night function, it can present clear images even in difficult lighting conditions such as dimly lit parking lots or building interiors.The BLC (Back Light Compensation) function ensures perfect backlight compensation effect every time by allowing the user to setup five preset zones / positions or sizes for an object darkened by backlighting.  The SNC-B2315 also has a basic Motion Detection function, a Camera ID indication function that indicates the camera ID of up to 20 digits and a Digital 10x zooming functionKey features540/570 TVL Horizontal ResolutionMPEG-4 & M-JPEG compression modes (max. 25 fps)Easy Network Setup such as UPnP function, DDNSPrivacy ZonesVideo motion detection and pre/post-alarm bufferAccepts 2 types of auto iris lenses (DC/Video)WDR function, Day/Night function with movable IR cut filterPower Input AC24V/DC12V and PoE

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VIVOTEK Panoramic PTZ Seamless Surveillance Solution
VIVOTEK Panoramic PTZ Seamless Surveillance Solution

360° Seamless Surveillance Solution Panoramic PTZ is an innovative new feature developed by the VIVOTEK R&D team. This technique incorporates the strengths of a VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera with speed dome camera, which allows users to simultaneously monitor an overview from a fisheye model and a detailed regional view from a speed dome. The VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera provides 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots, while the VIVOTEK speed dome provides fast, precise pan/tilt/zoom movement using its sophisticated mechanisms and captures details at top-notch quality. The suitable applications of Panoramic PTZ include department stores, station lobbies, airports, parking lots, and any wide open areas where comprehensive video surveillance systems and the capability for extreme video detail are essential. The combination of a fisheye global view and a speed dome accomplishes a seamless surveillance solution in which the fisheye camera's global view is used as the "command" unit to detect events over an entire area, and the speed dome acts as the "slave" to track and zoom in on suspicious objects for detail at up to 1080p resolution with 20X optical zoom. In both the panoramic as well as surround view, users can utilize the ultra-smooth PTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI) via a mouse to track the object of interest, allowing monitoring of a wide open area with ease. By activating the auto tracking feature, the level of operation is increased as the fisheye is used to trigger the speed dome to track moving objects within a wide area before an operator may be aware of suspicious activity. Most importantly, VIVOTEK Panoramic PTZ saves on the overall cost of the surveillance system, effectively reducing the number of cameras, labor cost of installation, power consumption, and following maintenance expense.

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VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 35x Zoom Day & Night Speed Dome Network Camera For Outdoor Security
VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 35x Zoom Day & Night Speed Dome Network Camera For Outdoor Security

Key features of the VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 high-performance speed dome network camera: SONY Exview HAD CCD Sensor35x zoomWide Dynamic RangeDay&NightIP66Electronic Image Stabilizer3D privacy masksAstonishing light sensitivityUsing a Sony Exview HAD CCD sensor that detects and utilizes near infrared light for higher light efficiency, the Vivotek SD7313/7323 provides superior image quality under poor lighting conditions, especially at night. Clear-cut images of distant objectsSD7313/7323 is equipped with a 35x optical zoom lens to provide close-up images with exceptional detail and effectively extends your viewing distance.Adapted for high-contrast lighting conditionsSupport for WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) delivers identifiable images in high-contrast environments, enabling SD7313/7323 to accurately reproduce fine details appearing in the actual scene.Consistent image quality 24/7With a built-in removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators, SD7313/7323 can provide clear-cut images in days and nights.Stable image quality during vibrationEIS (Electronic Image Stabilizer) that maintains image quality during wind- or traffic-induced vibration ensures stable and recognizable image quality when SD7313/7323 are installed in places prone to high winds or heavy traffic.Weather-proof protectionThe IP66-rated housing protects SD7313/7323 from dust and moisture, allowing for outdoor operation in extreme weather conditions.Seamless protection for private areasSD7313/7323's 3D privacy mask changes with the camera movement so as to fully protect sensitive information or areas. The private areas can be completely sheltered even when SD7313/7323 pans, tilts and zooms.

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Outdoor-ready HDTV PTZ Domes Strengthen Axis’ Camera Offerings
Outdoor-ready HDTV PTZ Domes Strengthen Axis’ Camera Offerings

Axis Communications introduces a series of high-performance, outdoor-ready pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) domes, including two HDTV models, for demanding surveillance applications such as city surveillance, airports, harbours and outdoor stadiums."Axis' successful PTZ camera design now enables not only easy and reliable installation in demanding weather conditions, but also outstanding HDTV coverage of large areas and great detail when zooming in," says Erik Frännlid, Director of Product Management at Axis. "The new PTZ network cameras will offer customers greater choice of quality PTZ domes, with different performance and price levels to meet different installation needs."The outdoor-ready surveillance cameras range from top-of-the-line AXIS Q6034-E PTZ dome with high-speed pan/tilt performance and HDTV 720p, to AXIS P5534-E PTZ Dome, which also offers HDTV 720p, and AXIS P5532-E PTZ Domewith D1 resolution (720 x 480/576 pixels).The HDTV 720p performance of AXIS Q6034-E and AXIS P5534-E is in compliance with the SMPTE 296M standard regarding resolution, full frame rate, HDTV colour fidelity and 16:9 format. The 18x zoom in combination with the HDTV resolution on the HDTV PTZ domes provides zoomed-in views that offer not only the same level of detail as a 36x-zoom, standard resolution camera, but also the extra advantage of a wider (16:9) field of view.All three cameras have automatic day and night functionality, enabling superb image quality round the clock. The PTZ cameras provide H.264 video compression format, which greatly optimizes bandwidth and storage use without compromising image quality. Motion JPEG is also supported for increased flexibility.Intelligent features offered by the AXIS P55-E Network Camera Series include the Advanced Gatekeeper functionality, which enables the cameras to automatically pan, tilt and zoom in to a pre-set position when motion is detected in a pre-defined area and return to the home position after a set time. AXIS Q6034-E's Active Gatekeeper offers a similar function, but with the added ability to follow the detected object. The auto-tracking feature in AXIS Q6034-E can also be used as an alarm trigger.The easy installation features incorporated in all three PTZ domes enable significant reduction in installation costs. They do not require an external housing since they are delivered out-of-the-box ready for installation outdoors. They have IP66 and NEMA 4X ratings for protection against water and dust, and are equipped with built-in heater, fan and sunshield. The AXIS P55-E cameras can operate in temperatures ranging from -20 °C to 50 °C (-4 °F to 122 °F). AXIS Q6034-E, meanwhile, can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 50 °C (-40 °F to 122 °F) with Arctic Temperature Control, which allows the camera to not only function at -40 °C (-40 °F) but also power up at that temperature following a power failure. (more) The cameras and the mounting brackets (sold separately) are also designed with a bayonet connector, which allows the cameras to be quickly mounted to the brackets with a simple twist of the cameras into position.The PTZ domes are powered through High Power over Ethernet (High PoE), which simplifies installation since only one cable is needed for carrying power, as well as video and pan/tilt/zoom controls. With High PoE, the camera can continue to operate even during a power failure as the network can be connected to an Uninterruptible Power Supply. A High PoE midspan is supplied with the cameras.With a built-in SD/SDHC memory card slot, recordings can be stored locally on all three cameras. The high-performance network cameras offer advanced network capabilities for improved security, efficiency and manageability.The new PTZ cameras are supported by the industry's largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner program as well as by AXIS Camera Station. AXIS Q6034-E, AXIS P5534-E and AXIS P5532-E will be available to order in July 2010. For photos and other resources, please visitAXIS Q6034-E PTZ dome network camera AXIS P5534-E PTZ dome network cameraAXIS P5532-E PTZ dome network camera 

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Why Visualization Platforms Are Vital For An Effective Security Operation Center (SOC)
Why Visualization Platforms Are Vital For An Effective Security Operation Center (SOC)

Display solutions play a key role in SOCs in providing the screens needed for individuals and teams to visualize and share the multiple data sources needed in an SOC today. Security Operation Center (SOC) Every SOC has multiple sources and inputs, both physical and virtual, all of which provide numerous data points to operators, in order to provide the highest levels of physical and cyber security, including surveillance camera feeds, access control and alarm systems for physical security, as well as dashboards and web apps for cyber security applications. Today’s advancements in technology and computing power not only have increasingly made security systems much more scalable, by adding hundreds, if not thousands, of more data points to an SOC, but the rate at which the data comes in has significantly increased as well. Accurate monitoring and surveillance This has made monitoring and surveillance much more accurate and effective, but also more challenging for operators, as they can’t realistically monitor the hundreds, even thousands of cameras, dashboards, calls, etc. in a reactive manner. Lacking situational awareness is often one of the primary factors in poor decision making In order for operators in SOC’s to be able to mitigate incidents in a less reactive way and take meaningful action, streamlined actionable data is needed. This is what will ensure operators in SOC truly have situational awareness. Situational awareness is a key foundation of effective decision making. In its simplest form, ‘It is knowing what is going on’. Lacking situational awareness is often one of the primary factors in poor decision making and in accidents attributed to human error. Achieving ‘true’ situational awareness Situational awareness isn’t just what has already happened, but what is likely to happen next and to achieve ‘true’ situational awareness, a combination of actionable data and the ability to deliver that information or data to the right people, at the right time. This is where visualization platforms (known as visual networking platforms) that provide both the situational real estate, as well as support for computer vision and AI, can help SOCs achieve true situational awareness Role of computer vision and AI technologies Proactive situational awareness is when the data coming into the SOC is analyzed in real time and then, brought forward to operators who are decision makers and key stakeholders in near real time for actionable visualization. Computer vision is a field of Artificial Intelligence that trains computers to interpret and understand digital images and videos. It is a way to automate tasks that the human visual system can also carry out, the automatic extraction, analysis and understanding of useful information from a single image or a sequence of images. There are numerous potential value adds that computer vision can provide to operation centers of different kinds. Here are some examples: Face Recognition: Face detection algorithms can be applied to filter and identify an individual. Biometric Systems: AI can be applied to biometric descriptions such as fingerprint, iris, and face matching. Surveillance: Computer vision supports IoT cameras used to monitor activities and movements of just about any kind that might be related to security and safety, whether that's on the job safety or physical security. Smart Cities: AI and computer vision can be used to improve mobility through quantitative, objective and automated management of resource use (car parks, roads, public squares, etc.) based on the analysis of CCTV data. Event Recognition: Improve the visualization and the decision-making process of human operators or existing video surveillance solutions, by integrating real-time video data analysis algorithms to understand the content of the filmed scene and to extract the relevant information from it. Monitoring: Responding to specific tasks in terms of continuous monitoring and surveillance in many different application frameworks: improved management of logistics in storage warehouses, counting of people during event gatherings, monitoring of subway stations, coastal areas, etc. Computer Vision applications When considering a Computer Vision application, it’s important to ensure that the rest of the infrastructure in the Operation Center, for example the solution that drives the displays and video walls, will connect and work well with the computer vision application. The best way to do this of course is to use a software-driven approach to displaying information and data, rather than a traditional AV hardware approach, which may present incompatibilities. Software-defined and open technology solutions Software-defined and open technology solutions provide a wider support for any type of application the SOC may need Software-defined and open technology solutions provide a wider support for any type of application the SOC may need, including computer vision. In the modern world, with everything going digital, all security services and applications have become networked, and as such, they belong to IT. AV applications and services have increasingly become an integral part of an organization’s IT infrastructure. Software-defined approach to AV IT teams responsible for data protection are more in favor of a software-defined approach to AV that allow virtualised, open technologies as opposed to traditional hardware-based solutions. Software’s flexibility allows for more efficient refreshment cycles, expansions and upgrades. The rise of AV-over-IP technologies have enabled IT teams in SOC’s to effectively integrate AV solutions into their existing stack, greatly reducing overhead costs, when it comes to technology investments, staff training, maintenance, and even physical infrastructure. AV-over-IP software platforms Moreover, with AV-over-IP, software-defined AV platforms, IT teams can more easily integrate AI and Computer Vision applications within the SOC, and have better control of the data coming in, while achieving true situational awareness. Situational awareness is all about actionable data delivered to the right people, at the right time, in order to address security incidents and challenges. Situational awareness is all about actionable data delivered to the right people Often, the people who need to know about security risks or breaches are not physically present in the operation centers, so having the data and information locked up within the four walls of the SOC does not provide true situational awareness. hyper-scalable visual platforms Instead there is a need to be able to deliver the video stream, the dashboard of the data and information to any screen anywhere, at any time — including desktops, tablets phones — for the right people to see, whether that is an executive in a different office or working from home, or security guards walking the halls or streets. New technologies are continuing to extend the reach and the benefits of security operation centers. However, interoperability plays a key role in bringing together AI, machine learning and computer vision technologies, in order to ensure data is turned into actionable data, which is delivered to the right people to provide ‘true’ situational awareness. Software-defined, AV-over-IP platforms are the perfect medium to facilitate this for any organizations with physical and cyber security needs.

We Need To Talk About Intelligent Enclosure Protection
We Need To Talk About Intelligent Enclosure Protection

Enclosures containing electronics, communications or cabling infrastructure offer a simple attack point for cyber breaches and an opportunity for a physical attack on the hardware. Yet, many of these assets are housed within enclosures that provide minimal security features to offer a deterrent to any would-be attacker. This has always just been a pet hate. Walking down the high street of a town anywhere in the United Kingdom, you can often see open street communication cabinets. You can actually look directly inside at the equipment. And if I was a bad guy, I could quite easily just put my foot into their enclosure and quite quickly take out their infrastructure. Charged service for enclosures This seems crazy when a US$ 2 magnetic contact on a door can quickly tell you whether your enclosure is open or shut, and can be vital in keeping your network alive. Moreover, the operators of these systems, whether it is telecoms or internet providers, are providing a charged service to their customers, so they should really be protecting their enclosures. Why has that security level not been so readily taken into the outside world, into the unprotected environment? More sobering, if you contrast this security approach to the approach taken in the data center world, an environment that already has multiple stringent security protocols in place, you get a very different picture. For instance, security devices can capture snapshots of anyone who opens a cabinet door in a data room, so it is recorded who has opened that door. While that is just one simple example, it begs the question. Why has that security level not been so readily taken into the outside world, into the unprotected environment? In my mind, a lot of it boils down simply to education. Network connection, easy point of cyber attacks Our preconceived idea about cyber security is some big corporation being knocked out or held to ransom by, again in our mind, someone sitting at a laptop, probably with their hood up over their head, typing away in the darkness, attacking us through the internet. But how the would-be criminal is going to come at us is just like in sport. They attack at the weakest point. Networks can be deployed in the outside world in many ways, such as cameras monitoring the highways. That means those locations will have a network connection. And that can be a point of attack in a non-secure outside world. Enclosures can be broken into by attackers Many people think, ‘That is okay because I’m going to take that ethernet device that my cameras are connected to and I’m going to put it inside an enclosure.’ However, what people do not realize is that the only thing that the enclosure is doing is protecting the ethernet device from Mother Nature. Because, without proper security, those enclosures can be broken into pretty easily. Many of them are just a single key that is not in any way coded to the device. Twofold cyber security People need to realize that cyber security is twofold. It can be carried out by hacking the network or physically breaking Therein lays the problem. People need to realize that cyber security is twofold. It can be carried out by hacking the network or physically breaking into the weakest physical point. And so, a simple boot through the open door of an enclosure can vandalise the devices inside and take down a small or large part of a network. And by definition, this meets the criteria for a cyber-attack. So, how do we go about tackling this problem? Well, security is a reaction marketplace. And for enclosures, there’s not, at present, a plethora of solutions out there for to counter these types of attacks. It can be challenging to find what you’re looking for through a quick Google search compared to searching for more traditional security protection measures. Deploying smart sensors and detectors But, under Vanderbilt and ComNet, we are currently taking our knowledge and experience from system installation and compiling it together. We’re bringing different products from different parts of our business to make a true solution. For instance, we have sensors for enclosures that detect anything from gas or smoke to open doors, detectors that will tell you if someone is trying to smash open your enclosure with a sledgehammer, or that someone is trying to lift your enclosure off of its mount. More importantly, as is not really a one-size-fits-all solution, we have developed a menu structure available that allows customers to pick and choose the ones that will best fit their own requirements.

We Have The Technology To Make Society Safer – How Long Can We Justify Not Using It?
We Have The Technology To Make Society Safer – How Long Can We Justify Not Using It?

While the application of facial recognition within both public and private spheres continues to draw criticism from those who see it as a threat to civil rights, this technology has become extremely commonplace in the lives of iPhone users. It is so prevalent, in fact, that by 2024 it is predicted that 90% of smartphones will use biometric facial recognition hardware. CCTV surveillance cameras  Similarly, CCTV is a well-established security measure that many of us are familiar with, whether through spotting images displayed on screens in shops, hotels and offices, or noticing cameras on the side of buildings. It is therefore necessary we ask the question of why, when facial recognition is integrated with security surveillance technology, does it become such a source of contention? It is not uncommon for concerns to be voiced against innovation. History has taught us that it is human nature to fear the unknown, especially if it seems that it may change life as we know it. Yet technology is an ever-changing, progressive part of the 21st century and it is important we start to shift the narrative away from privacy threats, to the force for good that LFR (Live Facial Recognition) represents. Live Facial Recognition (LFR) We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition Across recent weeks, we have seen pleas from UK organizations to allow better police access to facial recognition technology in order to fight crime. In the US, there are reports that LAPD is the latest police force to be properly regulating its use of facial recognition to aid criminal investigations, which is certainly a step in the right direction. While it is understandable that society fears technology that they do not yet understand, this lack of knowledge is exactly why the narrative needs to shift. We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition, we respect these anxieties. However, it is time to level the playing field of the facial recognition debate and communicate the plethora of benefits it offers society. Facial recognition technology - A force for good Facial recognition technology has already reached such a level of maturity and sophistication that there are huge opportunities for it to be leveraged as a force for good in real-world scenarios. As well as making society safer and more secure, I would go as far to say that LFR is able to save lives. One usage that could have a dramatic effect on reducing stress in people with mental conditions is the ability for facial recognition to identify those with Alzheimer’s. If an older individual is seemingly confused, lost or distressed, cameras could alert local medical centers or police stations of their identity, condition and where they need to go (a home address or a next of kin contact). Granted, this usage would be one that does incorporate a fair bit of personal data, although this information would only be gathered with consent from each individual. Vulnerable people could volunteer their personal data to local watchlists in order to ensure their safety when out in society, as well as to allow quicker resolutions of typically stressful situations. Tracking and finding missing persons Another possibility for real world positives to be drawn from facial recognition is to leverage the technology to help track or find missing persons, a lost child for instance. The most advanced forms of LFR in the market are now able to recognize individuals even if up to 50% of their face is covered and from challenging or oblique angles. Therefore, there is a significant opportunity not only to return people home safely, more quickly, but also reduce police hours spent on analyzing CCTV footage. Rapid scanning of images Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match, as a more reliable and less time-consuming option than the human alternative. Freed-up officers could also then work more proactively on the ground, patrolling their local areas and increasing community safety and security twofold. It is important to understand that these facial recognition solutions should not be applied to every criminal case, and the technology must be used responsibly. However, these opportunities to use LFR as force for good are undeniable.   Debunking the myths One of the central concerns around LFR is the breach of privacy that is associated with ‘watchlists’. There is a common misconception, however, that the data of every individual that passes a camera is processed and then stored. The reality is that watch lists are compiled with focus on known criminals, while the general public can continue life as normal. The very best facial recognition will effectively view a stream of blurred faces, until it detects one that it has been programmed to recognize. For example, an individual that has previously shoplifted from a local supermarket may have their biometric data stored, so when they return to that location the employees are alerted to a risk of further crimes being committed. Considering that the cost of crime prevention to retailers in recent years has been around £1 billion, which therefore impacts consumer prices and employee wages, security measures to tackle this issue are very much in the public interest. Most importantly, the average citizen has no need to fear being ‘followed’ by LFR cameras. If data is stored, it is for a maximum of 0.6 seconds before being deleted. Privacy Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story. It is essential we spend more time and effort communicating exactly why watchlists are made, who they are made for and how they are being used, if we want to de-bunk myths and change the narrative. As science and technology professionals, heading up this exciting innovation, we must put transparency and accountability at the center of what we do. Tony Porter, former Surveillance Camera Commissioner and current CPO at Corsight AI, has previously worked on developing processes that audit and review watch lists. Such restrictions are imperative in order for AI and LFR to be used legally, as well as ethically and responsibly. Biometrics, mask detection and contactless payments Nevertheless, the risks do not outweigh the benefits. Facial recognition should and can be used for good in so many more ways than listed above, including biometric, contactless payments, detecting whether an individual is wearing a facemask and is therefore, safe to enter a building, identifying a domestic abuse perpetrator returning to the scene of a crime and alerting police. There are even opportunities for good that we have not thought of yet. It is therefore not only a waste not to use this technology where we can, prioritising making society a safer place, it is immoral to stand by and let crimes continue while we have effective, reliable mitigation solutions.  

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