The types of sophisticated, intrusive spy gear available to law enforcement agencies continue to proliferate at a rapid rate. Here’s yet another example.
BriefCam’s “Transforming Video into Actionable Intelligence” allows law enforcement and retailers to secretly identify people by their gender, body size, color, direction, speed and more.
BriefCam’s Video Synopsis version V allows police and retail stores to use surveillance cameras to identify individuals and cars in real-time.
“BriefCam is the industry’s leading provider of Video Synopsis® solutions for rapid video review and search, real-time alerting and quantitative video insights. By transforming raw video into actionable intelligence.”
What is really disturbing about the video is no one knows where it is being used or by whom. BriefCam’s limited disclosures claim it is being used by top law enforcement agencies and governments but that’s it.
BriefCam admits that the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Disney, the Javits Convention Center and Smart City initiatives in Boston and Beverly Hills are using Video Synopsis.
Watchlisting or “real-time alerting” goes hand-in-hand with biometric surveillance cameras.
“NEC and NPS will showcase a vast range of safety solutions to overcome challenges facing cities; including facial recognition system, automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS), CONNECT police platform, and video analytics solution. The solutions will form part of Safer Cities that NEC and NPS aim to build, to contribute to realize a safe and secure society for all citizens.”
BriefCam, like NEC is so good at spying on everyone that even homeland security is impressed.
Aaron Miller, Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for the City of New Orleans said, “with cameras covering the city and BriefCam’s unique ability to rapidly pinpoint objects of interest, incidents can be solved more quickly, and trends in pedestrian, crowd or traffic behavior can be uncovered in a matter of minutes.”
Police and retailers secretly use thermal imaging surveillance cameras
Looking through BriefCam’s “Safe & Smart Cities” section reveals something truly frightening. Police departments are secretly using BriefCam’s thermal imaging to spy on the public.
“BriefCam helps streamline law enforcement operations in numerous ways, from tracking and identifying suspects to proactive crime prevention. Officers are leveraging BriefCam by using the heat map surveillance features.”
A look at BriefCam’s partners list reveals that FLIR Systems thermal imaging is one of BriefCam’s main selling points. A recent BriefCam article titled “How Video Data Can Help Retailers Maximize Store Layout and Navigation” reveals that retailers are secretly using thermal imaging surveillance cameras.
“With Video Content Analytics, retailers can apply heat maps to easily understand where shoppers tend to concentrate and the areas where they dwell the longest.” (To learn more click here.)
Think about that for a moment, police departments and retailers are secretly using thermal imaging surveillance cameras.
If you are you still wondering why DHS is so excited, I give you BriefCam’s spying police smartphones.
At approximately 6:00 into the video Hartford Police Sergeant John Michael O’Hare reveals that police can access surveillance cameras in real-time using their smartphones.
BriefCam’s entire business model appears to be focused on one thing, surveillance. Perhaps nothing says that better than suggesting stores use surveillance cameras, Video Synopsis and Data Fusion to identify people walking by their storefront.
“How many people pass the Duty-Free storefront? Of those, how many people enter the store? When correlated with the store’s revenue data, this information could help operations managers understand how many of those store entries turned into actual sales.”
The Massachusetts General Hospital was so excited with BriefCam’s potential that they used it to identify how many people actually visited their museum on any given day. (To learn more click here.)
BriefCam euphemistically calls this “business intelligence” or as I call it corporate spying on Americans.
Everyone’s privacy is at stake when police and corporations use surveillance cameras to identify individual people walking on public streets and traveling in their cars.