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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Project Indect and the "automatic detection" of "abnormal behaviour or violence" writes:

A [European Union funded] five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as “agents” to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. (...)

[Another EU-funded research project called Adabts, short for Automatic Detection of Abnormal Behaviour and Threats in crowded Spaces] is seeking to develop models of “suspicious behaviour” so these can be automatically detected using CCTV and other surveillance methods. The system would analyse the pitch of people’s voices, the way their bodies move and track individuals within crowds.

Its main objectives include the “automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence”.

Gerry Murray of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, involved in Project Indect, says “our human resources are shrinking and we are looking for IT technology that will help us five years down the line in reducing crime and combating criminal gangs”.

[Via Reddit.]


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