Smart Tech Sees Through Walls To Track, Identify People

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Technocrat scientists again invent because they can, not because they need to. Law enforcement will be the most likely early adopter of see-through wall technology as it pursues total domain awareness on the street. ⁃ TN Editor

A group of researchers and students at MIT have developed an intelligent radar-like technology that makes it possible to see through walls to track people as they move around, a development that could prove useful for monitoring the elderly or sick as well as for other applications — but that also raises privacy concerns.

Tests show that the technology, known as RF-Pose, can reveal whether someone is walking, sitting, standing or even waving — and can identify individuals from a known group with a success rate of 83 percent. Its developers say it could prove useful for law enforcement, search and rescue, and — perhaps most important — health care.

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