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    Holy cow, this is mind-blowing. A private company is gearing up to launch a network of satellites that provide real-time (1 second latency) video of the entire planet.

    https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/18/ea...constellation/

    This will be a game-changer, especially if the video is recorded. Imagine the impacts just for law enforcement. Yowza.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Holy cow, this is mind-blowing. A private company is gearing up to launch a network of satellites that provide real-time (1 second latency) video of the entire planet.

    https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/18/ea...constellation/

    This will be a game-changer, especially if the video is recorded. Imagine the impacts just for law enforcement. Yowza.
    Reminds me of a similar idea, but limited to city-wide recording from a blimp or small airplane.

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/tec...-surveillance/


    According to Marion, it was only when the threat from improvised explosive devices escalated that the value of this type of system became obvious. After an explosion, Constant Hawk surveillance meant that it was possible to rewind the scene.

    Say it was a car bomb. The analysts could go backward in the footage and see where the car came from, and where the driver went afterwards. If it was an IED, they could spot the people laying it as well as the trigger man—invariably the only person walking casually away from the scene. Once a suspect is located, they can be followed backward and forward in time. Video analysts have used this technology to locate insurgent safe houses that were then raided, and to ID individuals and vehicles involved in terrorist networks.
    You can do a lot with a few million pixels and some smart software. Simera can track anyone in the field of view forward and backward in time. Just click on an individual and find out where they were an hour or two hours previously. And the system is also useful in real time. If police are chasing a gang of thieves who scatter in crowded streets, the Simera operator can wind back a few seconds and trace exactly where each of the suspects has gone and guide the police on the ground to find them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Student View Post
    Reminds me of a similar idea, but limited to city-wide recording from a blimp or small airplane.

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/tec...-surveillance/
    Not sure if this is the same company, but Radiolab did a similar podcast:

    https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/eye-sky/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Student View Post
    Reminds me of a similar idea, but limited to city-wide recording from a blimp or small airplane.

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/tec...-surveillance/
    Exactly. It will be kind of like having a time machine.
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