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Smart software linked to CCTV can spot dubious behaviour

It could be the dawn of a new era in surveillance. For the first time, smart software will help CCTV operators spot any abnormal behaviour. If the trial due to go live in two London Underground stations this week is a success, it could accelerate the adoption of the technology around the world. The software, which analyses CCTV footage, could help spot suicide attempts, overcrowding, suspect packages and trespassers. The hope is that by automating the prediction or detection of such events security staff, who often have as many as 60 cameras to monitor simultaneously, can reach the scene in time to prevent a potential tragedy. If the technology takes off it could put an end to a long-standing problem that has dogged CCTV almost from the beginning. It is simple: there are too many cameras and too few pairs of eyes to keep track of them. With more than a million CCTV cameras in the UK alone, they are becoming increasingly difficult to manage. And besides being a tedious task, watching TV monitors also demands a higher level of concentration than many people can manage. Full Story

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