Airline Surveillance Cameras Could Deter Terrorists

Passenger airlines could be the next place where surveillance cameras are used to monitor people.

A new European surveillance system uses multiple cameras and software that tried to detect terrorists or other dangers caused by people on an aircraft.

The European Union’s Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment project uses a camera mounted on every passenger seat and six wide-angle surveillance cameras to monitor the aisles. Software then analyses the footage to detect possible terrorist activity or “air-rage” incidents, by recording people’s facial expressions.

The new surveillance system has reportedly performed well in tests last January that simulated terrorist and troublesome passenger behavior situations on a fake passenger plane.

The new surveillance software must deal with the challenging environment of a full plane cabin.

As people move around they often obscure one another, causing a risk the computer will lose track of some of the hundreds of people it must monitor on a plane. To work around this, the surveillance software constantly matches views of people from different cameras to track and monitor their activity.

Varying suspicious movements and behaviors and combinations of both can trigger the system.

Much of the software’s ability to recognize threats relies on sensitive information gathered from the intelligence community.

However, the new surveillance system will require thousands of tests on everyday people in different situations before it can be used reliably for detecting threats on passenger airlines.

Source: ABC News