Samsung’s ‘WISE NETIII‘ facial recognition CCTV’s will soon be installed in San Francisco.
According to the SF Gate:
“San Francisco’s public transit agency plans to purchase up to 150 cameras marketed for their ability to find and focus on human faces, although city officials insist the devices will monitor only traffic — not people.”
“The Municipal Transportation Agency is seeking a vendor that will sell cameras equipped with “face detection” technology, according to bidding documents posted online. Those cameras will scan streets from traffic-light poles…”
“BART is a very safe mode of transportation with a robust surveillance system with cameras located in train cars, on platforms, in stations, and even our police officers wear cameras. The Fleet of the Future is already being produced with cameras on all train cars. Now both our existing and future cars will have security cameras,” said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
Since 2014, police have been using facial recognition traffic cameras to identify drivers and passengers in motor vehicles.
Police are also using Vigilant Solutions cameras to identify them…
Though primarily intended for fixed security camera installations, the software could allow police to identify the occupants of vehicles when the system is supplied with a clear photograph of a car’s interior. In states such as California and Arizona where red light cameras and speed cameras photograph the front of a car, the video stream can be analyzed in “near real time” to catalog and identify the driver and anyone in the passenger seat of passing vehicles, flagging any “person of interest.”
“As a Video Analytics/Biometrics Module SecurOS FACE images can be archived in a database for real time identification. It can be used for active recognition where subjects know their image is being captured or passively, where they do not have knowledge of such surveillance.”
But officials claim that’s not happening in Calif., trust them.
San Francisco spokesman Paul Rose, claims they put the words ‘facial recognition’ in their bid because it’s common practice to list all the specifications of a product they hope to obtain.
Rose, claims the cameras won’t record and only offer live views of the streets.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns these cameras do more than just offer live feeds…
“These cameras would be trained on traffic, potentially picking up license plate data, which would allow for location tracking from law enforcement and others,” said Rebecca Jeschke, a digital rights analyst and media relations director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Just because the agency said it will not retain camera footage doesn’t mean that digital forensics experts couldn’t seek a judge’s permission to retrieve the data if they felt it was necessary, said security consultant Davi Ottenheimer.
“Face recognition allows secret tracking so any time you’re in public – whether you are attending a protest rally or visiting your doctor or entering a church or a bar – it could allow you to be identified and your movements tracked” said Calabrese.
Companies and the government are working hand-in-hand to profit from facial recognition:
The market value of facial recognition technologies is expected to nearly double from $230 million in 2015 to $450 million in 2019
Instead of ‘In God We Trust,’ America’s new motto should be ‘In Spying We Trust.’
Today’s CCTV’s are capable of tracking multiple faces…
To find out more read, “Surveillance cameras can track multiple people.”
A mere 50+ miles away from San Francisco, the Feds have been installing security cameras all around Santa Clara, which is hosting the Super Bowl.
Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews said that the city is getting help from Washington with an elaborate system of “cameras and sensors” that will be used to monitor light rail and buses operated to and from Levi’s by the Valley Transportation Authority, effectively expanding the sphere of safety for fans.
Santa Clara and DHS have marked Super Bowl 50 as a “level one” event — the highest classification for security at national events.
Don’t think for a second, law enforcement will ever remove the cameras. If history is any indicator they’ll expand into residential neighborhoods…
“A big event doesn’t trigger privacy concerns,” says Kade Crockford of the ACLU. “What does trigger privacy concerns is the City of Boston installing a network of cameras — some in residential neighborhoods — that enable law enforcement to track individual people from the moment that we leave our homes in the morning until the moment we return at night, seeing basically everywhere we went and everything that we did.”
Don’t forget, police also have access to PRIVATE cameras!
Homeland Security is using the police to turn America into a giant surveillance state.
Click here, here & here to find out how police across the country use CCTV’s to spy on the public.