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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

Posts Tagged ‘surveillance’

Joint fisheries surveillance operation organised in West Africa in the framework of the EU project PESCAO

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 marzo 2019

In the framework of the EU cooperation PESCAO project, a joint fisheries surveillance operation to detect illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing was just undertaken, the operation Alexandre Baptista. Under the coordination of the Subregional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and with the technical and human support from EFCA, the joint operation brokered cooperation between Mauritania, Cabo Verde and Senegal. With the Coordination Centre in Senegal, representatives from all participating countries collected and exchanged fisheries information data.The five-year EU funded PESCAO project, includes a component aiming to improve the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities in Western Africa, contributing to sustainable fisheries management and the reduction of food insecurity in the region.As part of this project, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) provides technical assistance to the SRFC and their member countries in order to improve regional cooperation in the fight against IUU fishing. The EFCA supported the operation through the deployment of one EFCA official in the Coordination Centre. The deployment of an expert from EFCA in one of the fishing patrol vessels also allowed sharing best practices and experiences.During this operation, participating countries have shared information from the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and other fisheries data to get a full picture of the area of operations. With this broader surveillance picture, the fishing patrol vessels were sent to where illegal activities were suspected. There were 36 inspections at sea that resulted in the detection of a number of potential non-compliances including non-conform documentation and the use of illegal gear. The cases and investigations will be followed up by the competent national authorities.

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The AI-Powered Search Engine for Security & Surveillance Video is Here: Meet Ella

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 gennaio 2018

Ella ScreenshotPEPCOM at CES 2018 – IC Realtime, a leader in digital surveillance and security technology announces today the introduction of Ella, a new cloud-based deep-learning search engine that augments surveillance systems with natural language search capabilities across recorded video footage.
Ella uses both algorithmic and deep learning tools to give any surveillance or security camera the ability to recognize objects, colors, people, vehicles, animals and more. Ella was designed with the technology backbone of Camio, a startup founded by ex-Googlers who realized there could be a way to apply search to streaming video feeds. Ella makes every nanosecond of video searchable instantly, letting users type in queries like “white truck” to find every relevant clip instead of searching through hours of footage. Ella quite simply creates a Google for video.“The idea was born from a simple question: if we can search the entire internet in under a second, why can’t we do the same with video feeds,” said Carter Maslan, CEO of Camio. “IC Realtime is the perfect partner to bring this advanced video search capability to the global surveillance and security market because of their knowledge and experience with the needs of users in this space. Ella is the result of our partnership in fine-tuning the service for security applications.”
The average surveillance camera sees less than two minutes of interesting video each day despite streaming and recording 24/7. On top of that, traditional systems only allow the user to search for events by date, time, and camera type and to return very broad results that still require sifting, often taking hours of time.Ella instead does the work for users to highlight the interesting events and to enable fast searches of their surveillance & security footage for the events they want to see and share. From the moment Ella comes online and is connected, it begins learning and tagging objects the cameras sees. The deep learning engine lives in the cloud and comes preloaded with recognition of thousands of objects like makes and models of cars; within the first minute of being online, users can start to search their footage.Hardware agnostic, Ella also solves the issue of limited bandwidth for any HD streaming camera or NVR. Rather than push every second of recorded video to the cloud, Ella features interest-based video compression. Based on machine learning algorithms that recognize patterns of motion in each camera scene to recognize what is interesting within each scene, Ella will only record in HD when it recognizes something important. By learning from what the system sees, Ella can reduce false positives by understanding that a tree swaying in the wind is not notable while the arrival a delivery truck might be. Even the uninteresting events are still stored in a low-resolution time-lapse format, so they provide 24×7 continuous security coverage without using up valuable bandwidth.
“The video search capabilities delivered by Ella haven’t been feasible in the security and surveillance industry before today,” said Matt Sailor, CEO for IC Realtime. “This new solution brings intelligence and analytics to security cameras around the world; Ella is a hardware agnostic approach to cloud-based analytics that instantly moves any connected surveillance system into the future.”
Ella works with both existing DIY and professionally installed surveillance and security cameras and is comprised of an on-premise video gateway device and the cloud platform subscription. Ella subscription pricing starts at $6.99 per month and increases with storage and analysis features needed for the particular scope of each project. (photo: Ella Screenshot)

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United States Video Surveillance Market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 dicembre 2017

Natali a New York (2)New York. Physical security and surveillance activities can no longer operate separately from a business’ ongoing operations. Surveillance technologies have moved beyond static, passive security operations, where cameras capture video data from security events, alert security operators, and the video data is used mostly for post-event analysis. Modern surveillance operations are now adopting more proactive security technologies, such as surveillance automation, artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and more, in order to better predict security events before they happen and to enact efficient mitigation procedures to halt events before people or assets are endangered. Due to the increasing volumes of surveillance technology and video surveillance operations, the massive amount of data collected necessitates more advanced surveillance technologies to gather, monitor, analyze, and provide relevant insights into these potential security threats. Public sector end users, such as law enforcement, transportation, critical national infrastructure, and airports, as well as retail and commercial end users can all benefit from these advanced surveillance solutions which include cameras, video management systems, storage, and video analytics to offer better efficiency and insight.End-to-end security systems, offering both security hardware and software options, have seen increasing demand from customers in all verticals due to their substantial return-on-investment, scalable and flexible system design, and technological sophistication. End-to-end security vendors will continue to see increased opportunities in these markets as customers continue to refresh, upgrade, and re-design their surveillance operations to meet modern security demands and improve their overall operational efficiency and asset protection capabilities.

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Safety Vision Introduces Law Enforcement Surveillance Innovations at IACP 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 ottobre 2017

Safety Vision, LLC, a market leader in mobile surveillance products for law enforcement, is proud to introduce new cameras and recorders that will enhance critical recorded evidence, at the 2017 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition. The new ICOP® PRO HD digital video recorder brings high definition recording to the patrol car and other law enforcement vehicles, while integrating with the new Prima Elite body-worn camera.The ICOP PRO HD provides incredible flexibility to law enforcement agencies for their on-vehicle camera selection. Up to four analog high definition (AHD) cameras (and one network IP camera) with recording resolutions up to 1080p are now supported. The new AHD technology delivers high definition video using traditional and familiar analog cables for ease of installation and maintenance. Included with ICOP PRO HD systems is the new AHD low profile windshield camera with 32X optical zoom and automatic digital image stabilizing capabilities. The cabin camera is also enhanced with AHD, delivering sharp recording of subjects in the rear of the vehicle. This new recorder features seamless integration with Safety Vision’s upcoming new body camera, the Prima Elite. Agencies will soon be able to record video from both the vehicle and officer’s own perspective, forming a single visual narrative. The two systems work together with the powerful DVMS PRO video management software. The Prima Elite builds on the enormous success of Safety Vision’s popular Prima Facie® body camera.“We always listen to our customers and we’ve made sure to include their biggest requests in this new system,” says Joe McCleary, Manager of Law Enforcement Sales for Safety Vision. “The new AHD cameras and body camera integration are going to make the officer’s job much easier. License plates, road signs, subject’s faces, objects being thrown from vehicles will be easy to see in these crisp images. The body camera footage is now included and it will all be stored in the same place, making all of it very simple to manage. We implemented these features based on direct input from peace officers that depend on them every day.”Safety Vision is a proud sponsor of IACP and will be in Booth 2959 in the Exposition Hall. More information about the specifications and features of the ICOP PRO HD can be found at

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Fundamental rights in surveillance: builds trust, improves security

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 ottobre 2017

BruxellesBruxelles. Reforms to surveillance laws are improving transparency but better checks and balances to match the powers of intelligence services are needed, finds a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). It shows how clear legal frameworks, robust safeguards and effective oversight are needed to enhance security and respect fundamental rights.“Protecting fundamental rights and delivering effective national security are not incompatible; for instance, surveillance systems that respect human rights work better,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “Respecting privacy and data protection builds trust in intelligence services, improves data collection and analysis, and ultimately strengthens national security.”
The Agency’s second ‘Surveillance by intelligence services: fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the EU’ report explores legal changes since its 2015 report and for the first time captures the views of intelligence experts and controllers themselves to see how these laws work in practice.Security threats and new technology have triggered numerous extensive reforms to surveillance laws. While reformed legal frameworks are clearer, they are often still too complex, leading to uncertainty over the powers and mandates of intelligence services. This calls for stronger safeguards when it comes to data protection and privacy.The judiciary, specialised expert bodies, parliamentary committees and data protection authorities play a vital role in overseeing the work of intelligence services. However, as the report notes, they are hindered by a lack of access to information, and limited competences, powers to issue binding decisions, technical know-how, resources and independence. This points to the need for independent oversight with sufficient powers and competences. This also applies to international intelligence cooperation where safeguards and oversight are weaker.There is also the need to ensure full cooperation and complementarity between various oversight bodies so there is continuous coverage of all surveillance steps – from authorisation to implementation.
The complexity of who can help and the secrecy surrounding intelligence work also make it difficult for victims of rights violations to seek effective remedies. In addition, many non-judicial bodies that can offer support lack the expertise to tackle intelligence issues, and independence and powers to investigate, access materials, or issue binding decisions. However, some Member States have found solutions enabling people seek justice through expert judges who may access classified information.
The report updates FRA’s 2015 legal analysis complemented with findings from over 70 interviews with experts in seven EU Member States: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Mass surveillance: EU citizens’ rights still in danger, says Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 ottobre 2015

European UnionToo little has been done to safeguard citizens’ fundamental rights following revelations of electronic mass surveillance, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge the Commission to ensure that all data transfers to the US are subject to an effective level of protection and ask EU member states to grant protection to Edward Snowden, as a “human rights defender”. Parliament also raises concerns about surveillance laws in several EU countries.This resolution, approved by 342 votes to 274, with 29 abstentions, takes stock of the (lack of) action taken by the European Commission, other EU institutions and member states on the recommendations set out by Parliament in its resolution of 12 March 2014 on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens, drawn up in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations.
By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on the EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistleblower and international human rights defender”.
MEPs welcome the 6 October ruling by the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) in the Schrems case, which invalidated the Commission’s decision on the Safe Harbour scheme for data transfers to the US. “This ruling has confirmed the long-standing position of Parliament regarding the lack of an adequate level of protection under this instrument”, they say. Parliament calls on the Commission to “immediately take the necessary measures to ensure that all personal data transferred to the US are subject to an effective level of protection that is essentially equivalent to that guaranteed in the EU”. It invites the Commission to reflect immediately on alternatives to Safe Harbour and on the “impact of the judgment on any other instruments for the transfer of personal data to the US, and to report on the matter by the end of 2015”. The resolution also reiterates the call for the suspension of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) agreement with the US.In general, MEPs consider the Commission’s response so far to Parliament’s 2014 resolution “highly inadequate” given the extent of the revelations of mass surveillance. “EU citizens’ fundamental rights remain in danger” and “too little has been done to ensure their full protection,” they say.Parliament is concerned about “recent laws in some member states that extend surveillance capabilities of intelligence bodies”, including in France, the UK and the Netherlands. It is also worried by revelations of mass surveillance of telecommunications and internet traffic inside the EU by the German foreign intelligence agency BND in cooperation with the US National Security Agency (NSA).The resolution also calls for an EU strategy for greater IT independence and online privacy, and stresses the need to ensure meaningful democratic oversight of intelligence activities and to rebuild trust with the US.

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Mass surveillance of EU citizens

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 ottobre 2015

european parliamentA resolution on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens, following up that of March 2014 which was approved by the European Parliament in light of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations, will be voted by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. Members will address new cases of mass surveillance, what the European Commission and member states have or have not done to take account of Parliament’s recommendations and data transfers to the US, including under the Safe Harbour scheme.
On 6 October, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared the Commission’s Safe Harbour decision invalid. The European Parliament has repeatedly called for the suspension of Safe Harbour, most recently in its 2014 resolution on the surveillance carried out by the NSA.

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Civil Liberties MEPs to debate concerns over French surveillance law

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 luglio 2015

StrasbourgThe Civil Liberties Committee will debate France’s controversial new law on surveillance powers on Thursday 2 July, from 16.30 to 17.15. MEPs will raise concerns about the compatibility of some of the law’s provisions with the European treaties with the Commission’s Director for Criminal Justice, Francisco Fonseca Morillo.
The new French law on surveillance, approved by the National Assembly on 23 June and the Senate on 24 June, allows the French authorities to intercept and spy on citizens’ communications under the pretext of national security, say MEPs who requested the debate in committee.MEPs are likely to ask the Commission to investigate whether the law is in line with the EU treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the French government to clarify whether the European Parliament’s buildings on French territory, in Strasbourg, will be subject to surveillance operations under this law.
The extensive scope of grounds allowing for surveillance by intelligence services, the data collection and retention mechanisms, the use of the information (purpose limitation), oversight and rights of individuals are others issues to be addressed by MEPs.

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Civil Liberties MEPs go to Washington to discuss data protection, surveillance and counter-terrorism

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 marzo 2015

parlamento europeoA 11-strong delegation from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, headed by Claude Moraes (Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee, S&D, UK), will go to Washington D.C. from 16 to 20 March 2015 to obtain up-to-date information on the state of play and progress in the US on major issues, such as data protection and the current legislative works by the US Congress on framing surveillance activities. MEPs will also update the American counterparts on the EU data protection reform and on counter-terrorism initiatives, including the EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) proposal. Before the departure of the delegation, Claude Moraes stated the following:”The European Parliament’s previous delegation to Washington in 2013 took place during an international diplomatic crisis between the EU and the US following the Snowden revelations on mass surveillance. The delegation took place at one of the most high profile moments with revelations breaking of both NSA spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone and on mass surveillance of EU citizen’s private information.Since the Edward Snowden revelations in July 2013, authorities both in the US and the EU agreed that a thorough debate on these issues was both welcome and necessary considering the breakdown of trust following NSA mass surveillance and data collection allegations.The European Parliament has begun its second phase Inquiry following the Snowden revelations. We have already shared our concerns with the US on mass European Parliament , spying and economic espionage and now return to Washington in 2015 to discuss key issues including;
1. Judicial redress for EU citizens in the case of transfers of personal data for law enforcement purposes
2. Safe Harbour for US companies
3. Reform of EU data protection legislation and US recent initiatives and trends on data protection
4. Passenger Name Records (PNR) in the area of counter-terrorism and law enforcement
Since 2013 there have been positive developments in the US. The commitments by the Attorney General to extend judicial redress to EU citizens under the Privacy Act, within the framework of the so-called EU-US “umbrella agreement” on data protection for data transfers for law enforcement, so they can access US courts under the same conditions as US citizens and without discrimination, was an important step towards rebuilding trust and achieving equal treatment between US and EU citizens on this issue.
On US Safe Harbour, negotiations are still ongoing between the EU Commission and the US on the serious failings of this agreement, following our conclusion that the Safe Harbour has not been properly implemented and has failed to provide the adequate level of protection of EU citizens required by EU legislation for data transfers to US organisations members of the Safe Harbour. We will also update the US on the data protection reform, giving it is one of the biggest international legislation on data protection, and how it will affect the US and our transatlantic relations, and will get insight of recent US initiatives on data protection, such as the draft consumer bill of rights put forward by the White House.
Following the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, we will also give the US a progress report on counter-terrorism and law enforcement proposals, including on the Passenger Name Records, given these are world-wide issues”.

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Coordinated maritime surveillance for safer and more secure seas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 luglio 2014

ciseThe European Commission took a further step towards a more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas by announcing the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE). By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities like coast guards, navies, and fisheries and border control, duplication of work can be avoided and a potential €400 million worth of savings can be made every year.Increased cooperation and sharing of data will help to deal with “real time” events at sea such as accidents, spills, crime or any other security threat. CISE aims to help the relevant actors share live information and data and is a key part of the recently adopted European Maritime Security Strategy.The CISE Communication is indicative of the progress and commitment made at EU and national level since a roadmap was outlined in 2010. It proposes guidance and priorities for further action with a main focus on how to further enhance information exchange – in particular between civil and military authorities – to better interconnect existing maritime surveillance systems. This will bring allow for more effective and timely co-ordination of maritime surveillance operations in EU waters. It will help create a safer investment climate for blue growth and ensure the security of EU citizens.The Commission will launch a project under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research in order to test Maritime CISE on a large scale. Along with Member States, it will produce a best practice handbook on how to apply CISE based on experience from existing systems and pilot projects like MARSUNO, Bluemassmed and Cooperation.Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Sustainable economic growth within the maritime sector can only be ensured if our seas and oceans are safe and secure. CISE aims to make sure that all involved maritime surveillance actors have a complete picture of all events at sea. Sharing such information is key to avoid duplication in collection of data and for the use of patrol ships, planes, helicopters or satellites in the same sea areas. Today, about 40% of information is collected several times and 40% to 80% of information is not shared amongst the interested users. We cannot afford such a waste of efforts and money”.(cise)

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Miroslav Tichy: Photographic oeuvre

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 ottobre 2009

untitledInnsbruck  (Austria) until 4/11/2009 Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman  Maria-Theresien-Straße 34, In the artist’s first big retrospective exhibition in Austria, that brings together over one hundred objects, we present the photographic oeuvre of Miroslav Tichý. Born in the small Moravian town of Kyjov in 1926, Tichý studied painting at the Prague Art Academy (1946-48). Everything he knew about photography was self-taught and, between 1955 and 1985, he has created highly original works of a remarkable formal quality.  Tichý’s central motif are women whom he captured with his self-made cameras, without their knowing, in public swimming baths, in the street, in everyday situations. Put under surveillance and persecuted politically due to his dissident stance, he withdrew completely from public life and the art scene, ending up in a state of near dereliction.  Since Harald Szeemann first presented Miroslav Tichý’s oeuvre at the Seville Biennial, numerous international museums have dedicated solo exhibitions to the artist, most recently the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt in 2008, and not only curators have begun to take notice but also collectors.  (Image: Untitled, Black and white photograph)

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