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#1 Hum

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:56

The government has announced that all street conversations in the UK will now be monitored with listening devices inserted into lamp posts. :huh:

Think I’m joking? Councils across several major cities in England have announced the insertion of new “intelligent” listening devices  which will allegedly be used to counteract terrorism and crime.

The Sigard system has been tested in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Coventry. The microphones, connected to CCTV cameras and lampposts, can recognise aggressive “trigger” words and sounds, then automatically direct cameras to zoom in on the speakers.

The manufacturers of these spy devices have however, denied the system is used to record conversations.

It analyses sound patterns to pick out angry or distressed voices. The announcement of these devices comes just days after approximately 200 cameras with number plate recognition software in Birmingham was scrapped after  it emerged that they were being targeted at the city’s Asian districts.

But this new system, Sigard, has come under fire from privacy campaigners. Corinna Ferguson, a lawyer for human rights group Liberty, said: “Britain has been far too complacent about the growth of CCTV without any proper public debate or legal safeguards. With cameras linked to microphones and number-plate databases, everyone can be treated as a suspect.

“The Birmingham fiasco demonstrates the destructive power of snooping on whole communities who could otherwise be pulling together to fight crime and terrorism.”

The creators of the system revealed that it has not only been used on the streets, but also on public transport included buses and trains, retail stores, event halls, nightclubs, bus stations, tunnels and prisons.

Once certain keywords are picked up, or if the tone of voice is deemed to be ‘aggressive’, ‘distressed’, or ‘angry’, alerts will then be sent to the police to monitor or attend the situation.

The microphones can listen in on conversations up to 100 yards away. The cameras then record both sound and images. The system filters out background noise and focuses on suspect sounds.

The system is already widely used in Holland, where 12 cities have already adopted it. In Coventry, the CV One partnership, funded by the city council, tested Sigard for six months by installing seven in the city’s nightclub district.

No-one from the organisation would comment on the trial’s success. :ninja:

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:02

I'd just shout out some key words and then give the camera my beautiful middle finger!

 

But seriously... I'm never going outside again.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 21:52

Big Brother is listening everywhere.  :shifty:



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:27

I'd yell Allah ! and Jihad !!! :woot:



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:31

Its a similar system to that used in the US of A and is over there at least,used to pinpoint small arms fire so I understand.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:34

This is one seriously ######ed up world we live in :(



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:43

This is one seriously ****ed up world we live in :(

 

It's getting a bit scary to tell you the truth.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:47

and surely that was ineffective, just look what happen when Muslim wielding machete near an unarmed British soldier ... 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 00:47

You can stay calm and still detonate a bomb, useless. It's the NSA again!

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 00:56

Never heard of Akashic Times and seems odd for them to rehash news from 2010

 

Systems like this are fairly common. 

 

Also a FOI request showed it was never used beyond the 6 month testing phase in Coventry. 

 

There's very little on the Internet about it so I'm doubtful it's still in use. 

 

Seems like a crappy source for news. 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:00

Not surprising coming from the UK.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:01

Never heard of Akashic Times and seems odd for them to rehash news from 2010

 

Systems like this are fairly common. 

 

I thought this sounded familiar.



#13 FlintyV

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:10

I thought this sounded familiar.

 

Yup 5th July 2010 - http://www.express.c...avesdrop-on-you



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:17

Not surprising coming from the UK.

 

Also used in the Netherlands. Point being?



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:01

 

And the freedom of information request as mentioned before

https://www.whatdoth...esdropping_devi