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The not so far future of CCTV including UAVs and MAVs

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Today, there is no doubt that technology affects everyone in different ways. Improvements in technology within the past few decades have changed the world in ways that one couldn’t have imagined before. From the times of the early arrow in 500 BC to using microwaves for repelling enemies, military uses of technology have influenced, and continue to influence technology today. UAVs (Unmanned aerial vehicle) and MAVs (micro air vehicle) are some of the new and developing technological appliances that are being developed to further improve the quality and efficiency of CCTV systems. We are all familiar with inventions like Internet, GPS systems, computer, microwave and much more that were developed by military and found their way in everyday usage of our lives. The CCTV technology is no different, and the military continues the development of those systems, especially in the field of surveillance. Rather than stationary CCTV systems that require numerous stations and setups, the new, improving technologies prove that the same, if not better quality surveillance can be obtained from smaller, mobile, and more efficient systems such as MAVs which I will explain further.

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There are tons of apparatuses that are already in use today by the military, but are being developed to hopefully be used by the general population in the near future. One popular example that one may think of instantly is the drone. Drones, or UAV’s, are used in the United States military in an integration system by military planners to designate various individual aircraft elements in an overall usage plan for integrated operations. However, today, it is said that UAV’s may possibly make an appearance on the streets of Britain in the back of taxis. With powerful zoom, 360 degree vision, and facial recognition, up and coming UAV’s are “coming closer to being an established part of the CCTV landscape,” as said by the Telegraph. As they get cheaper, smaller, and more efficient, these small devices are being increasingly studied for numerous uses by groups of civilians.

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A growing technology that is already seen as the “flying car” or “time travel” of the future is being improved, and it is surreal. The BugBot, a nano-drone technology, is being developed by the federal government in the Air Force Research Laboratory, and is the most advanced CCTV system ever seen. These miniscule bugs will be used by the Air Force, and will either be hand thrown or air dropped depending on the mission. These MAVs (Micro Air Vehicles) will be easily hidden and will go into a low powered, extended surveillance mode. The BugBot will need to harvest energy from environmental sources, such as solar power and wind power. This ties in not only future technology of CCTV, but environmentally-friendly practices that are encouraged all over the world by activists. Micro-sensor and micro-processor technology will be used to navigate and detect targets of different operations. The incredible developments in this tiny CCTV system allow BugBot to operate flawlessly, even with sensors that detect wind patterns, allowing it to fly through rough terrains. Aerial view is accessible even when GPS tracking is not by the BugBot’s Optic Flow technology, which allows for a vision based approach rather than sensors. Numerous MAVs can be used together, and their data collected, to obtain a big picture of the operation. While MAVs are being used by the Air Force today, one can imagine the future of BugBot. Imagine sitting in traffic on a busy highway. Wouldn’t it be convenient to release BugBot from your window and get a view of traffic in seconds? Everyday uses will soon blossom from military technology, just as it has been doing in the past decades.

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Not only is the future of CCTV becoming more mobile in UAV’s, but is also starting to become prevalent in modern vehicles. The development of rear-view backup cameras is already saving lives, day by day. According to AAA, one quarter of vehicular crashes are a result of backing collisions. At first, mirrors were added to vehicles for a better view of the car’s surroundings, but improvements in technology call for cameras attached to the back of the car that allow the driver’s visibility to be improved by up to 75%. The first 10 feet of space behind a vehicle are most dangerous, and with at least 50 children involved in back-over accidents each week, it is obvious that the progress of improvements within this field of surveillance is one of the more important. Although rear view cameras were a luxury a few years ago when they were first developed, they can now be found in almost every new car. Rear view surveillance is the ultimate example of a more mobile, efficient use of CCTV.

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One disadvantage of growing CCTV technology such as drones is the controversy behind them. Government regulation, safety concerns, and even pilots who feel that they may lose their job, are advocating against the use of mobile technologies. Over the past few years, incidents involving the collision of civilian drones and commercial aircrafts have caused concern for safety, along with the pure observation of how easily UAV’s and other flying mobile objects can get stuck in trees, telephone wires, and other obstacles. What these pessimists don’t realize is that the usefulness of mobile CCTV systems is improving and is more technologically advanced, to the point where safety concerns and government speculation are petty matters, as compared to the uses of these systems. A search and rescue operation, for example, would prove UAV’s to be immensely useful in the criminology sector. Missing persons can be found easily with an aerial view of a flying aircraft rather than the countless, tiring, ineffective hours spent by authorities that could be using their time to take care of other matters. This is only one case in which the advantages of improving CCTV technology overpower the disadvantages.

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It is easy to see that although many surveillance technologies are used in the military by highly trained professionals, the future holds many CCTV improvements for civilian, everyday uses. With studies and research from laboratories and developmental groups around the world, advancements in apparatuses that are already thought of as complex will come without a doubt. There is definitely a bright, positive future for technology of CCTV.

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CCTV In The Military

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Monday, January 20th, 2014

Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA)Sometimes in the field it is necessary to have an extra set of eyes. When this field becomes the battlefield, an extra set of eyes could mean life or death. That is why the use of CCTV in the United States Military is of extreme importance. The need for wireless security systems in the field should be a given. The Men and Women who need to use these systems have very little to no access to anything hard wired. This is where groups such as Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) and Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) come into play. Being that the DVRs, NVRs, and IP based cameras used on the battlefield are compatible with PSIA and ONVIF they are able to have great interoperability and have the privilege of using any video analytics software on the market. Keep in mind, CCTV has several different uses in the military and the battle field is just one of many.

To learn more about PSIA or ONVIF,
what they are about, and
what their overall goal is
click the links below
http://www.psialliance.org/about.html
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CCTV in the militaryAnother place you will find CCTV in the military is on the base. A military base is one of the most monitored places in the world. There are several things that need to be monitored while on a military base. Whether it be who comes and goes or what comes and goes it will be well monitored on a military base. One of the most popular cameras you will find on a military base is the Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera. The biggest reasoning behind this being so popular is it has the greatest range of motion. Move left, Move right, jump up, or fall down down the PTZ will catch your actions. The use of the PTZ on a military base is ingenious due to the fact that there is monumental amounts of movement on and around the base and the Auto Tracking setting will automatically track any movement whether it be suspicious or normal, it does not discriminate. In addition, the use of Infrared (IR) is crucial to the success of monitoring anything at night or in low light situations. Standard IR is anywhere from 50 to 150’ good night time visibility, but being that may not cut it for military operations on base, there is an IR illuminator. The IR illuminator allows the IR sensors to see farther in low to no light just as a floodlight would help the naked eye. When IR takes effect everything on the screen being monitored will be as clear as it would during the day.

This drone can fly over  hostile area Furthermore, aerial cameras are a great asset to the military and all the people associated with it. A PTZ mounted on the bottom of a Drone can not only be a deadly weapon, but can increase the possibility of several lives being saved. Not only is it a life saving technique it can also be used as an scouting tool. This drone can fly over an hostile area and let the troops on the ground know what to expect. It can do this by taking pictures and also streaming live video to a screen. The troops now know the best point of entry, what to expect, and the best exit points if anything were to go wrong. That is a great CCTV asset to the military, Also cameras on the helmets of troops are a great method of training, not to mention it shows the commanding officers how their troops handle themselves in certain situations. When the people in charge see what goes on in the field it can better help them prepare their men for the possibility of further combat. Lets say there is a suspicion of foul play in a situation involving soldiers in the field, the use of helmet cameras can more than help resolve the situation.

HERO 3The most popular helmet camera used would be the GoPro. With the newest edition of the GoPro being the Hero3+ there were a few accessories released for the product a few years back. These products genuinely helped the military out, the military helmet mount was a big deal for the military. Not to mention the WiFi BacPac and WiFi Remote made it very simple to stream to any computer, tablet, or phone connected with it. These features from GoPro and the Hero3+ edition made it unexpectedly easy to stream video from a GoPro camera system.
An absolutely amazing creation known as the SeeSnake camera is a very important tool used within the military. While standard cameras are surveilling the surrounding areas of the base as well as on the base, the SeeSnake camera is out in the field saving lives. The SeeSnake camera allows troops to see where they would normally be blind. A further description of this phenomenal camera is, you can use it to look around corners or through doorways. This becomes a very important tool to troops in the field. Just before breaching a door, a soldier carrying this small camera can feed the “snake” under the door and see if anything potentially dangerous is on the other side. The “snake” being a cable with the camera itself on one end leading to a small LCD screen held in the operators hands. This live feed can also assist the troops in looking for explosives hidden in and around doorways just waiting to be triggered. Without this type of technology our soldiers would be in the dark on a lot of things, and knowing these troops have this technology to help support and assist them, the families and loved ones of soldiers can rest just that much easier.
With all of this great CCTV technology and the amazingly smart men and women there to operate it, our troops are that much more in control over certain situations. Whether it be the PTZ mounted on an unmanned drone or just IP based cameras on the base, the Men and Women fighting for our country have more than a few extra set of eyes watching over them.

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One of the most amazing things is they don’t need to be near the base to be assisted through CCTV based products. The helmet cameras on the troops assist with anything pertaining to the mission and the SeeSnake camera keeps our troops safer from things they may not have seen or known without this technology. They and many more are great examples of how CCTV is a phenomenal addition to the United States Military.

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