The technology was developed to fight “terrorism,” that nebulous threat to public safety now being used to justify all sorts of abuses against the people throughout the developed world. But it is also available to fight “anti-social behavior.” This is called mission-creep. It opens the door to further abuses.
The technology, called Sigard, monitors movements and speech to detect signs of threatening behaviour.
Its designers claim the system can anticipate anti-social behaviour and violence by analysing the information picked up its sensors.
They say alerts are then sent to police, nightclub bouncers or shop security staff, which allow them to nip trouble in the bud before arguments spiral into violence.
The devices are designed to distinguish between distress calls, threatening behaviour and general shouting.
The system, produced by Sound Intelligence, is being used in Dutch prisons, city centres and Amsterdam’s Central Rail Station.
Read more at Telegraph.co.uk.