It’s no great revelation that we live in a surveillance society. A U.S. citizen is reportedly captured on CCTV around 75 times per day.

That figure is even higher elsewhere in the world. In the United Kingdom, this number is considerably greater, with your average Brit likely to be caught on surveillance cameras up to 300 times in the same period.

But a lot of existing CCTV networks still rely on people to operate them. Depending on the circumstances, there might be a human being at the other end, watching multiple camera feeds on a bank of monitors.

Alternatively, there may be no-one watching at all, with the footage only ever viewed in the event that it needs to be. Two cutting edge technologies may be about to shake up surveillance as we know it, however.

Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Cambridge and India’s National Institute of Technology and Institute of Science, Bangalore have published a new paper, describing a drone-based surveillance system, which uses UAVs as flying security cameras to keep an eye (or several) on large gatherings of people. “Our system is able to identify the violent individuals real-time.” What’s more, these drones are equipped with deep learning artificial intelligence algorithms that allow them to identify troublemakers in crowds and take the proper precautions. Read more from…

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