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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Big Brother software tracks humans in live video

The marvelously named Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology, which kicked off this morning here in Tokyo, is home to many wondrous devices, but few as likely to alter our lives as a piece of software from Toshiba.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Japan arms female train staff with pepper spray

Female attendants on JR Tokai line trains are being issued personal protection cayenne pepper spray devices.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Smart security cam system weeds out trouble by itself

Whatever your opinion of the ever-increasing number of surveillance cameras pointed at us, their proliferation creates a tricky logistical problem for those doing the watching – how do we make sense of the information overload of so much video?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Hitachi tech promises end to personal data leaks

The recent rash of data security breaches in the UK could be avoided in future if the government and civil service there pay attention to a group of new privacy-protection technologies being developed in Japan.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Video now showing on a hologram near you

The security hologram stickers that grace our credit cards and other sensitive items could be about to get a radical makeover if Japan’s Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) and Sony PCL have their way. The two firms have just succeeded in creating a printed hologram that contains enough different images to mimic smooth-moving video.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Networked drinks machines keeping the peace

The largest city in western Japan has just seen the start of an unusual security trial that uses IC tags, GPS and drinks vending machines to make the streets a little safer.

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