Listen Now: Facial Recognition Technology
There’s a new kind of technology coming to a New York City school district; and it’s taking a close look at everyone.
The Lockport City School District is upgrading its surveillance system by installing facial recognition software. Now it will scan the face of everyone entering the building, and check against a database of expelled students, criminals and other troublemakers.
The idea is to allow school security officers to quickly respond when the system alerts them to someone who should not be there. And it’s not just faces being scrutinized. The program will also be able to recognize any weapons a person might have and alert officers to that as well.
But not everyone is on board with the instant recognition. Critics say this is a privacy issue and the system won’t stop anyone who is determined to cause trouble; on top of that it costs one point four million dollars and it’s unclear who is footing the bill.
But like it or not school safety is a growing business; from alarms to bulletproof backpacks, there’s money to be made.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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