Cities’ closed-circuit television networks, both public and private, become an integral part of proactive crime fighting. While CCTV cameras have been used in subways and streets to identify crime in a retroactive capacity for years, video-analytics software now added to feeds detects peculiar crowd and traffic movements and suspicious vehicles, bags or people, transforming visual data into real-time intelligence.
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Singapore’s Safe City Test Bed project applies predictive analytics to video feeds to detect which street incidents—crowd and traffic movements—could cause a threat to public safety.