IBM's software for surveillance of Chicago's streets

IBM is teaming up with Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) for analyzing the thousands of hours of video recorded by the street surveillance system.

A quote from the article at PC World:

"That's really going to just throw our camera network into hyper drive," said Kevin Smith, a spokesman with the OEMC. "Ultimately I think what this software might be able to do is simply recognize suspicious behavior and alert our operations people and, at times, our crime detections specialists as to what it sees."

Big cities pose a greater logistical problem when it comes to complete surveillance cover. In a world with an increased threat of terrorism, smart software that help organize emergencies in real time is indeed necessary.

More news links :

Chicago video surveillance gets smarter (AP)

The City of Chicago's OEMC and IBM launch Advanced Video Surveillance (CNN)