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California gets face scanners to spy on everyone at once

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In a single second, law enforcement agents can match a suspect against millions upon millions of profiles in vast detailed databases stored on the cloud. It’s all done using facial recognition, and in Southern California it’s already occurring.

Imagine the police taking a picture: any picture of a person, anywhere, and matching it on the spot in less than a second to a personalized profile, scanning millions upon millions of entries from within vast, intricate databases stored on the cloud.

It’s done with state of the art facial recognition technology, and in Southern California it’s already happening.

At least one law enforcement agency in San Diego is currently using software developed by FaceFirst, a division of nearby Camarillo, California’s Airborne Biometrics Group. It can positively identify anyone, as long as physical data about a person’s facial features is stored somewhere the police can access. Though that pool of potential matches could include millions, the company says that by using the “best available facial recognition algorithms” they can scour that data set in a fraction of a second in order to send authorities all known intelligence about anyone who enters a camera’s field of vision.

“Live high definition video enables FaceFirst to track and isolate the face of every person on every camera simultaneously,” the company claims on their website.

“Up to 4 million comparisons per second, per clustered server” — that’s how many matches a single computer wired to the FaceFirst system can consider in a single breath as images captured by cameras, cell phones and surveillance devices from as far as 100 feet away are fed into algorithms designed to pick out terrorists and persons of interest. In a single setting, an unlimited amount of cameras can record the movements of a crowd at 30-frames-per-second, pick out each and every face and then feed it into an equation that, ideally, finds the bad guys.

“I realized that with the right technology, we could have saved lives,” Joseph Rosenkrantz, president and CEO of FaceFirst, tells the Los Angeles Times. He says he dreamed up the project after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and has since invested years into perfecting it. Not yet mastered, however, is how to make sure innocent bystanders and anyone who wishes to stay anonymous is left alone as he expands an Orwellian infrastructure that allows anyone with the right credentials to comb through a crowd and learn facts and figures of any individual within the scope of a surveillance cam.

Speaking to reporters with Find Biometrics in August, Rosenkrantz said that the system is already in place in Panama, where computers there process nearly 20 million comparisons per second “using a FaceFirst matching cluster with a large number of live surveillance cameras on a scale beyond any other system ever implemented.”

“Within just a couple of seconds whoever needs to know receives an email containing all the evidence and stats about the person identified along with the video clip of them passing the camera so they may be approached then and there,” he says.

 

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» 22 Comments

  1. Abby Normal Dude

    November 21st, 2012

    Won’t work. Criminals are liberals and all liberals have donkey asses on their shoulders instead of faces.

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  2. Unruly Refugee

    November 21st, 2012

    Or they will be forced to pull it out of their arse.

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  3. Chief

    November 21st, 2012

    There are many, many writers and great thinkers, among them de tocqueville, Huxley, Ayn Rand, and of course, Orwell, who, had they lived, would be totally fucking bummed out now about how right they got it.

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  4. Poonces

    November 21st, 2012

    Lol. I can see sales of those goofy glasses with a nose skyrocketing in California.

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  5. Carlos The Jackal

    November 21st, 2012

    Poonces, we all look like Groucho, not Karl, Marx now!

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  6. Aidan

    November 21st, 2012

    What California needs is a brain scanner.

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  7. RANDO

    November 21st, 2012

    Between this, internet monitoring, license plate scanners, RFID trackers, phone records, and GPS in cell phones, “they” pretty well have us covered.

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  8. Noodengr

    November 21st, 2012

    How about we apply this logic to voting booths?
    you know weed out any potential voter fraud. oh wait that is not an issue in this country, we all need to be screaned for potential terrorist acts, but not for voting.
    OK i give can’t even begin to follow the lack of logic that incomposes our lives anymore.

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  9. Rick

    November 21st, 2012

    Why not just put GPS ear tags on us (like cattle) and be done with it?

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  10. Dagny

    November 21st, 2012

    ObamaCare is a tax on the simple fact of BEING ALIVE. It’s called BIO-politics.

    Bio-metrics is only part of the biopolitical state apparatus, in order to be able to CONTROL your movement.

    Expect more checkpoints to come. A lot more.

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  11. Dagny

    November 21st, 2012

    @RANDO in addition to every purchases made with electronic money.

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  12. Carlos The Jackal

    November 21st, 2012

    Noodengr, there’s also the argument that voting for zero WAS a terrorist act.

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  13. Lowell

    November 21st, 2012

    Excellent point Dagny. That’s why I use the debit card for alcohol,ammunition, firearms and accessories, machine tools and the like. I pay cash for everything else.

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  14. sTevo

    November 21st, 2012

    The only problem is that Congress is exempt from the scanner database.

    These are the fuukers that should be in jail for ripping the American public off for trillions.

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  15. Noodengr

    November 21st, 2012

    but I can’t take a camera into the chamber of the house of representives? Even when they are not in seesion? oh by the way, my tax dollars paid for that room and the guys in it salary. i should be able to able so snap a pic or two.
    must be afraid of exposure…. hummm

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  16. Unruly Refugee

    November 21st, 2012

    Caliphornians will wear the mark of the beast before any other state. Citizen rights is a grey area stained brown with bullshit and brownshirts.

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  17. Xavier

    November 21st, 2012

    Minorities are exempt because I’m a racist.

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  18. Xavier

    November 21st, 2012

    Minorities will be exempt because racism.

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  19. Xavier

    November 21st, 2012

    Damn stupid fingers!

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  20. JDavid

    November 21st, 2012

    Since it is illegal to “profile” anyone who is a minority of any kind, especially people of that particular sex/race/religion[of peace!] which produces virtually ALL terrorists, those scanners must be to watch little old white ladies, little white children and especially ANY white Anglo-Saxon Christian males, which are well known to be a threat to the entire world, the proof being the creation of America.

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  21. Dagny

    November 21st, 2012

    Are you calling me a finger?

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  22. Dagny

    November 21st, 2012

    Yes, the mark of the beast is a biopolitical tattoo.

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