September 23, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tested the Biometric Optical Surveillance System (BOSS) at a Western Hockey League game in Washington State over the weekend.
DHS is collaborating with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to implement this new Big Brother control that “will determine whether the system can distinguish the faces of 20 volunteers out of a crowd of nearly 6,000 hockey fans, to evaluate how successfully BOSS can locate a person of interest.”
According to documents from 2012 regarding BOSS, this “technology consists of two cameras capable of taking stereoscopic images of a face and the back end Remote Matching System (RMS). Stereoscopic images are two images of the same object, taken at slightly different angles that create an illusion of 3-dimensional depth from the 2-dimensional images. The cameras transfer the pair of images to the RMS via fiber optic or wireless technology. The RMS then processes and stores the two images into a 3D signature, which is the mathematical representation of the stereo-pair images that the system uses for matching. Using the BOSS facial recognition algorithms, the signature is matched against a locally stored database created from volunteers, using a combination of mathematical and statistical analysis.”
Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) was awarded a $5.2 million contract to develop BOSS. The initial version of BOSS did not meet DHS’ requirements of achieving “80 to 90 percent identification accuracy at a distance of 100 meters and could not process and identify images in less than 30 seconds against a biometric database.”
EWA designed BOSS to consist of “two towers with infrared sensors that capture two pictures of people from different angles to create a 3D visualization of a person’s face to perform comparison or identification through facial recognition.”
The estimated 6,000 attendees at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington State were victim to the BOSS system; however this is not the first time they have been under such surveillance.
Because the PNNL has a relationship with the TC in Kennewick, the DHS has decided that this venue will “serve as a long-term testbed for the [BOSS] project.”
Infact, DHS admits that “since 2008, the use of the Toyota Center involved integrating and conducting tests on technologies developed or acquired by PNNL under contract to support the STIDP test objectives. The Toyota center provides representative crowd dynamics using a relatively small venue with a simple footprint.”
The Next Generation Identification (NGI) databases is used by the US military to identify insurgents and local police departments (LPDs) to find murderers, bank robbers an drug dealers.
NGI is a part of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) that utilizes “advances in technology, customer requirements, and growing demand for Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) services.”
The FBI has received $1 billion in taxpayer money to collect information on Americans in order to develop an all-encompassing criminal database.
Biometric identifiers have replaced older software to create a “state-of-the-art biometric identification services and provide a flexible framework of core capabilities that will serve as a platform for multimodal functionality.”
Facial recognition software is being used so readily that it would seem that this is part of a social conditioning project.
In 2008, Comcast patented infrared camera technology that will recognize individuals in their living room. The sensors inside a cable box will the person and anticipate their television viewing preferences.
Google, in creating the foundation for GoogleTV, patented an “image capturing device” under the mask of developing interactive television. This technology can “be used to measure how many viewers are watching or listening to a broadcast.”