Video Analytics
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Basic Information

Video Analytics is the technology, software and process of using computers to automatically analyze video footage from a security camera.

Such systems are used as a virtual tripwire in major airports to identify possible terrorists and illegal activity. Rather than having a person assigned to monitoring the video feed, a computer scans pixel changes looking for patterns that are indicative of possible problems. If the computer finds such a pattern, it automatically alerts security personnel - who can respond immediately or review the footage, depending on the type of alert (and local policy).

The state-of-the-art software is getting pretty sophisticated, and can detect specific behavior and objects. It's a far cry from older Video Motion Detection technology. See also Facial Recognition System.

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Game and Story Use

  • Twenty Minutes Into The Future, this technology will improve even further.
    • A spy or criminal might think they've just got to get past a guard or a cop, but in actuality, his desk, workstation, guard post or squad car is equipped with a camera and a Video Analytics system. Reinforcements are on the way before they've pulled the trigger.
    • Futuristic gun control laws might require a gun camera that can tell self-defense from murder, and which calls the police when you pull the trigger.
    • Big Brother will use it for constant surveillance of all the citizens of the Cyberpunk Dystopia.
      • There could be a camera in your bathroom that verifies that you've taken your daily medication.
      • The camera in your bedroom recognizes illegal paraphilia or adultery.
  • If your plotline involves the creation or research into one of these systems, visit the Wikipedia page - it lists 4 ongoing development projects at 7 institutions.
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