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Hitachi camera can scan 35 million “biometric” faces per second and find any target.

The Americas Post - Software from Hitachi Hokusai can scan 36 million biometric faces per second and find target almost instantly.

New Big Brother story. A new CCTV camera technology from Hitachi Hokusai Electric can scan days of archived camera footage instantly, and find any face which has ever walked past it. The camera ‘processes’ faces as it records, so that all faces which pass in front of it are recorded and stored instantly as a searchable biometric record. The software can scan through days of CCTV footage almost instantly.

Hitachi boast that it can scan 35 million faces per second.  Having this technology, if a government has your passport photo or your Facebook photo, they can find you instantly.

When the police – or anyone else – want to search for a particular individual, they’re searching through a gallery of pre-indexed faces, rather than a old fashioned library of photos.

This system is suitable not only for security organizations,  airports , railways, power companies, law enforcement, large stores, etc.., but also for individuals who want to find somebody in the crowd, to find wanted criminals, kidnappers, .  The company aims to make the system available within the next tax year, according to a report in DigInfo.

The system does have some  limitations – it scan faces that are in front of the CCTV camera, and faces have to be at least 40×40 pixels in size to be indexed by the system.