Stroll on surveillance - Researchers at Southampton University have reported up to 95% success in their work on identifying individuals on camera, simply by the way they walk. The approach knows as 'gait' analysis, has been tested using a walk through tunnel equipped with 12 individual CCTV cameras, and whilst scientists are confident that it can eventually be used as a highly effective distant biometric technique, they acknowledge that "extreme changes" in clothing can compromise the results. - Source - BBC News 19th August 2010
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A healthy outlook on patients? - The Director General of Health Affairs Management, has announced that all government hospitals throughout Jeddah have now installed CCTV in their emergency departments. In order to further improve levels of patient safety, plans are already well advanced to fit surveillance cameras throughout their ambulance fleet. - Source - Saudi Gazette 21st August 2010
Learning lessons the hard way - Controversy surrounds advanced plans to install CCTV cameras in a dozen schools across Israel. The surveillance is intended to enhance security in playgrounds and entrances, as the images will be linked back to a police command centre. With serious physical violence having been reported in 20% of schools, the new plan has been described by an official as "...part of an educational process ..." - Source - The Jerusalem Post 22nd August 2010
Disaster documented in camera - Immediately following the events that lead to the tragic deaths of 21 people attending last months Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany, the organisors have released a short documentary detailing the way in which they believe that fundamental mistakes in crowd control contributed to the disaster. Police officials are outraged at the release of high quality CCTV footage, which appears to show the huge pressures building up as vast numbers of visitors were channelled into the main entrance, at the same time as a similar number tried to exit the site. - Source - Spiegel Online - Loveparade Organisors video 24th August 2010
Phantom knicker nicker's undone - Following a spate of thefts from her washing line, a 40 year old mum decided to set up a hidden CCTV camera to try and identify the culprit. A 20 year old male was subsequently arrested, and when police searched his home they discovered a large quantity of bras, knickers and tights all stuffed behind his bed. - Source - Mail Online 25th August 2010
Chicago is her kind of town - US Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, has recently been openly praising Chicago's video surveillance infrastructure. On a planned visit to the windy city, Mayor Daley was quick to confirm that expansion of the already extensive camera network was a key priority, whilst Secretary Napolitano described the system as a "very robust camera infrastructure" which she cited as "among the top two or three" in the US. - Source - Chicago Sun Times 27th August 2010
The Feds are getting technical - The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have announced $2m funding to the University of Arizona, for scientists to develop advanced Video Analytics software that can allow CCTV systems to detect suspicious behaviour. - Source - Physorg.com 27th August 2010
You don't mess with the cameras - Apparently in response to demands from the community, Surrey Police are now using CCTV cameras to target irresponsible dog owners, who are allowing their pets to foul the pavements in the village of Merstham. Despite a sharp rise in both burglaries and violent crime locally, police have defended the use of the cameras to tackle an anti social problem, even though some local residents have viewed the operation as a waste of resources. - Source - Mail Online 27th August 2010
Lamp scam, a less than bright idea - After a 23 year old woman witnessed a truck felling a street light in Brooklyn, New York, she quickly hit on the bright idea of faking a resulting injury. Despite being taken to hospital for a check up, she now faces a Class A misdemeanor charge after investigating officers reviewed the surveillance footage from a nearby security camera, and determined that she had falsely reported an emergency. - Source - New York Post 29th August 2010
Quite a catch! - Footage released by authorities recorded from a CCTV camera on Mountjoy prison in Ireland, clearly shows a man climbing onto the roof of a neighbouring property, before throwing a quantity of drugs into the jail yard. Having subsequently installed a catch net to stop any repeat attempts, it's since been revealed by the Irish broadcaster RTE, that on one day alone last year, 75 people were arrested for attempting a similar method of delivering illegal substances. - Source - Independent.ie 29th August 2010
Can you see who it is yet? - Officers working for New South Wales Police, suspected that a civilian analyst working for the force, may have been taking his work a little too literally. After setting up a covert CCTV camera to monitor his workstation, the 33 year old employee has now been charged with seven counts of larceny and unlawful disclosure, after allegedly stealing and passing on confidential documents over a two year period. - Source - Sydney Morning Herald 30th August 2010
Cameras to put a hold on gangsters - Following revelations that japanese gangsters, also known as the Yakuza, were running illegal betting scams around the national sport of Sumo wrestling, officials have now deployed surveillance cameras at Tokyo's main venue, in an attempt to put their illegal activities on hold. - Source - TimesLive 30th August 2010