DHS wants system to help identify suspicious activity
The Homeland Security Department has invited proposals for new software that would take a Candid Camera-like approach to identifying criminal or terrorist activity. The department’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to spend $5 million on two projects for automated scene understanding. Scene understanding technology detects telltale signs of crime or terrorism, thereby reducing the burden on personnel assigned to monitor closed-circuit television cameras and other sensors in such places as airports, seaports, transportation hubs and border crossing points. HSARPA’s Broad Agency Announcement for Automated Scene Understanding Technology is posted online (42-page PDF).