Robocop Will Patrol the Streets of Brazil
No, I am not talking about Officer Alex J. Murphy, the hero of the 1987 Sci-Fi thriller Robocop. In the movie, Alex J. Murphy, Murph” to his friends, was terminally wounded in the line of duty. Although killed by a street gang, Murph returned to duty, his head attached to a steel bodied cybog. I love the movie Robocop, but I am not talking about Murph here. Murph is not coming to Brazil. I am not talking about the Six Million Dollar Man, the award winning TV series that ran from 1974 through 1978. The new technology, nickname “Robocop”, is more like something “Q” might have developed for “007” of James Bond fame.
“Robocop” is High Tech-Eyewear.
“Robocop” is a tiny camera mounted on some decidedly fashionable eyewear. Although the camera appears to block the right eye of the officer wearing the glasses, he still had stereoscopic vision because he sees what the camera sees on an LCD screen when the lens would normally be over that eye. The camera is a technological marvel, capable of scanning 400 faces every second, even in large crowds, under any lighting conditions. The camera can be adjusted to recognize faces from 164 feet to as far as 12 miles. The data from the scanned faces are then transmitted to a remote computer equipped with facial- recognition software and a database containing biometric data on all known criminals. The database is capable of storing data on 13 million faces. The facial recognition software compares 46,000 points on each face scanned with each face stored in the database.
When a match is made between a scanned face and a face stored in the data base, a red light signals the officer to take further action. A picture of the criminal, the criminals name, date of birth, arrest record, etc appears on the officer's LCD lens. Everything the officer needs to know to effect a safe arrest is immediately available to him or her.
As Accurate As A Fingerprint
Facial recognition software, comparing 46,000 points on every face scan to 46,000 points on every face in the criminal database, is as accurate and error free as fingerprints. As Major Leandro Pavani Agostini of Sao Paulo’s Military Police told a reporter from The Daily Telegraph, “To the naked eye two people may appear identical, but with 46,000 points compared, the data will not be beaten.”
Putting Robocop To the Test
Robocop will hit the streets of Brazil in the real, near future. The police will be testing them at sporting events i.e. soccer games. The real test will come in 2014 when they are used to augment security at the World Cup.
Robocop in Action
I wanted to give you a first-hand look at Robocop in action, but the only video that I could find was this You Tube video made by The Daily Telegraph. I apologize for the fact that it is in Spanish, but it will still give you a close look at the Robocop system.