Homeland Security Gets a New Tool

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) — U.S. security experts say they’ve developed a 360-degree surveillance system using image-stitching technology to create detailed edge-to-edge views.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate said the system solves a problem inherent in existing security cameras, in that it presents a detailed clear view despite zooming close to a target.

Called the Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance, the video signal is made from a series of individual cameras stitched into a single, live view — described as being similar to a high-resolution video quilt.

“Coverage this sweeping, with detail this fine, requires a very high pixel count,” said program manager John Fortune of the directorate’s Infrastructure and Geophysical Division. “ISIS has a resolution capability of 100 megapixels.” That, he added, is as detailed as 50 high-definition TV movies playing at once, with optical detail to spare, while any focal point of choice can be magnified.

Many of the ISIS capabilities were adapted from technology previously developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory for military applications. With the help of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, MIT built the current system, which is now involved in a pilot study at Logan International Airport in Boston.

If that trial is successful, officials said IRIS could be soon deployed to protect other critical venues.

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