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Nov 05, 2013

FBI-video-recognition-technology-automatic-ID-suspects-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationBy Aliya Sternstein, NextGov

The FBI is weighing the use of video recognition technology to quickly identify suspects, even if all the camera has captured is a perpetrator’s limp or fraying blue baseball cap.

Think of it as automated police lineups for the YouTube generation.

While investigators manually scoured video to identify the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, smart-video surveillance would scan crime scene footage against tapes of known people, places and objects to derive names and possible whereabouts.

According to procurement papers, the FBI hopes to view demonstrations of motion picture pattern-matching in December. The bureau has invited contractors to submit written project proposals by Nov. 13. Up to 30 vendors with promising systems then will be invited to present at FBI Headquarters on Dec. 11.

“The FBI is currently undertaking a major issue study of video and digital image processing and video/digital image analytic capabilities to identify current capabilities, assess gaps, and develop a roadmap for the FBI’s future video analytics architecture,” stated an Oct. 30 contracting notice.

The desired connect-the-dots abilities include computing the degree of similarity among pedestrians, graffiti designs, buildings in the background of photos, and other recurring images in videos and stills.

Increasingly, law enforcement is relying on sophisticated video capture at special events, as a consequence of the Boston bombings.

At Sunday’s New York City marathon, authorities deployed a camera network that could see nearly the entire route, in real-time, the New York Times reported. About 1,400 private-sector cameras also were at the ready, if necessary.

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