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Camera That Tracks Hidden Moving Objects Could Aid Rescue Missions And Avoid Vehicle Collisions €?

Teledyne FLIR specializes in drones and cameras equipped with thermal imaging and motion tracking. The SkyRanger drone is ideal for search and rescue, allowing for launch within just a few minutes after arriving on the scene with first responders. The drone is equipped with both infrared and daylight cameras to detect humans in rough terrain and hidden locations. The company also offers hand-held thermal imaging cameras that allow rescue teams to stream photos and videos of a search directly to their command center.

Camera That Tracks Hidden Moving Objects Could Aid Rescue Missions and Avoid Vehicle Collisions –


2. CCTV IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO ABUSEOne problem with creating such a powerful surveillance system is that experience tells us it will inevitably be abused. There are five ways that surveillance-camera systems are likely to be misused:Criminal abuseSurveillance systems present law enforcement "bad apples" with a tempting opportunity for criminal misuse. In 1997, for example, a top-ranking police official in Washington, DC was caught using police databases to gather information on patrons of a gay club. By looking up the license plate numbers of cars parked at the club and researching the backgrounds of the vehicles' owners, he tried to blackmail patrons who were married. Imagine what someone like that could do with a citywide spy-camera system.Institutional abuseSometimes, bad policies are set at the top, and an entire law enforcement agency is turned toward abusive ends. That is especially prone to happen in periods of social turmoil and intense conflict over government policies. During the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War, for example, the FBI - as well as many individual police departments around the nation - conducted illegal operations to spy upon and harass political activists who were challenging racial segregation and the Vietnam War. This concern is especially justified since we are in some respects enduring a similar period of conflict today.Abuse for personal purposesPowerful surveillance tools also create temptations to abuse them for personal purposes. An investigation by the Detroit Free Press, for example, showed that a database available to Michigan law enforcement was used by officers to help their friends or themselves stalk women, threaten motorists after traffic altercations, and track estranged spouses.Discriminatory targetingVideo camera systems are operated by humans who bring to the job all their existing prejudices and biases. In Great Britain, camera operators have been found to focus disproportionately on people of color. According to a sociological study of how the systems were operated, "Black people were between one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half times more likely to be surveilled than one would expect from their presence in the population."VoyeurismExperts studying how the camera systems in Britain are operated have also found that the mostly male (and probably bored) operators frequently use the cameras to voyeuristically spy on women. Fully one in 10 women were targeted for entirely voyeuristic reasons, the researchers found. Many incidents have been reported in the United States. In one, New York City police in a helicopter supposedly monitoring the crowds at the 2004 Republican Convention trained an infrared video camera on an amorous couple enjoying the nighttime "privacy" of their rooftop balcony.

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