by Nicholas West – The UK is probably the only place that surpasses New York’s “Ring of Steel” for bringing a full-spectrum Big Brother surveillance state to reality. As far back as 2006, even the BBC reported that fears of a “surveillance society” already had taken effect as, at the time, there was 1 CCTV camera for every 14 people. It’s now 1 for every 11, which is 5.9 million total cameras.
As the pace of facial recognition technology increases, as well as advances in artificial intelligence algorithms, the two are merging to provide police with easier and quicker access to matching all of the images from those millions of cameras, which are now stored in databases.
British police are ready to roll-out the latest technology called NeoFace which claims the ability to positively identify criminals in a matter of seconds. And it’s not just Britain that is putting such systems into effect.