Security cameras

From Michael Bane, I find this lovely link:

LONDON (Reuters) – A British company has developed a camera that can detect weapons, drugs or explosives hidden under people’s clothes from up to 25 meters away in what could be a breakthrough for the security industry.

The T5000 camera, created by a company called ThruVision, uses what it calls “passive imaging technology” to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays — known as Terahertz or T-rays — that they emit.

They say that the camera doesn’t “reveal body details” and that the scans are harmless.  I guess they’re worried about pervy people looking through you clothes while they’re invading your privacy.  With the way technology is advancing, it should does make totalitarianism a lot easier.

Now, I can actually see a legitimate use for this kind of technology, you could use it to screen people entering secured areas, and it would be a lot more efficient than the current method they use at airports.  I could actually leave my clothes on instead of having to get half naked and then have some GED graduate hassle me about a bottle of vitamins in my carry-on.  But I digress, because I know that these won’t get used just for screening at secure checkpoints.

I can hope that the American’s traditional resistance to invasions of privacy like this would kick in and prevent these from ever crossing the pond.

3 Comments

  1. Secure checkpoints, eh? Like the mall, the grocery store, the coffee shop downtown, or the local treehuggers’ outdoor gear emporium? The first time I get hassled for legally carrying in public because of one of these things, a big legal hassle will happen, and some “poor little company” will lose a ton of business. Airport, maybe. Anywhere else, they lose my business forever.

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