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    Big Bro’s Watching: French Rail to Install Smart Anti-Terrorist Cameras

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    French railroads are currently testing cutting-edge visual-tracking software to detect suspicious behavior and unattended luggage.

    French state-owned railway SNCF has announced a plan to integrate advanced tracking software into a 40,000 CCTV camera nationwide network, according to an online release posted Thursday. Thirty thousand such cameras would be used on board trains and another ten thousand in railway stations.

    The software is capable of tracking raised voices, irregular body movements and sharp changes in body temperature, all indicators of possible heightened levels of anxiety in people that could be due to dangerous situations, SNCF secretary general Stephane Volant said online. It is not specified whether the software is of domestic or foreign design.

    SNCF is also evaluating an option to install cameras that monitor baggage left unattended beyond an unspecified period, Volant said.

    A mobile app to be released in the spring will inform security services of suspicious activity on SNCF premises and trains. SNCF security agents will also be allowed to perform pat-downs and baggage checks if the new laws come into effect, AFP reported.

    Additional security measures are expected.

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