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We live in a time when people are up in hypothetical (and sometimes real) arms about protecting their privacy. The hot topic and nearly constant debate of facial recognition … the fact that almost everyone has a smartphone with video and camera at their fingertips … video cameras placed across our cities … and while I appreciate these technologies, there is something coming that I’m not too sure about: Project Aria.Facebook recently unveiled this, labeling it a new “research project that will help us build the first generation of wearable augmented reality devices.” What Facebook Reality Labs are proposing is a pair of glasses (similar to the once popular Google Glass) that will add a 3D layer on top of the wearer’s physical world.On the surface, this sounds pretty exciting, helpful even as wearers would be able to locate their misplaced keys, navigate a new city or capture an important moment, all the while looking up and around as opposed to down at their smartphones. Aria wearers would be able to call a friend and chat with their lifelike avatar and even have a digital assistant that could detect upcoming road hazards and assist with hearing in a noisy environment. The uses of this device could be endless.But … there’s always a “but,” and here’s Project Aria’s: the deployment of about 100 testers in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay area this month decked out with a head-worn sensor array that scans the real world. So, if you just happen to be standing in the direction of one of these sensors, you will be “involved” in Facebook’s project without your knowledge, unless of course you spy on of their claimed clearly marked testers wearing lanyards who have supposedly been trained on where and when to use the device, and when and where not to.Additionally, the device will capture video and audio from the wearers point of view; eye movement and location data but according to Facebook this encrypted data will be held on the device and not seen by researchers before scrubbing the data of faces and sensitive information, such as license plates. Facebook even claimed that this data will not be used to inform ads people see across the social media’s channel; however, they did admit that information could eventually be used to target ads.And, that’s just the beginning … Project Aria may be headed to your area next!Invasion of privacy? You decide.

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A Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) investigation in Los Angeles exemplifies the teamwork and tenacity required to uncover the people behind drug operations that run through a network prized for its encryption and anonymity.

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MILWAUKEE—Johnson Controls recently announced exacqVision 20.09, which offers an integrated, cost-effective face mask detection solution that can quickly put information into the hands of facility decision makers to help maintain safe environments for employees and visitors.Based on AI analytics versus pixel-based analytics, exacqVision 20.09 offers improved accuracy and a scalable, efficient solution for organizations where public health and safety is a priority such as retail stores, educational and healthcare campuses, and corporate offices.With automated event notification features, it’s easy to monitor, link and search “No Mask” events, providing enhanced situational awareness to respond quickly with a person without a required face mask is detected. Ultimately, this allows businesses to be more proactive about reducing risks and ensuring compliance to new norms.Additional features include:More efficient and streamlined than placing employees at entrances to ensure compliance;Alarms can be triggered based on the absence of a face mask;Open camera support; andReal-time even monitoring, linking and searching.

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Researchers are using the glassy skeletons of marine sponges as inspiration for the next generation of stronger and taller buildings, longer bridges, and lighter spacecraft. The researchers showed that the diagonally-reinforced square lattice-like skeletal structure of Euplectella aspergillum, a deep-water marine sponge, has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than the traditional lattice designs that have used for centuries in the construction of buildings and bridges.

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In the 2019 Boeing 737 Max crash, the recovered black box from the aftermath hinted that a failed pressure sensor may have caused the ill-fated aircraft to nose dive. This incident and others have fueled a larger debate on sensor selection, number and placement to prevent the reoccurrence of such tragedies. Researchers have now developed a comprehensive mathematical framework that can help engineers make informed decisions about which sensors to use.

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HAWTHORNE, Calif.—AMAG Technology, a G4S company, expands Symmetry Mobile functionalities to support return-to-work strategies for businesses as they reopen. The added features provide additional controls for a person’s access to corporate sites and facilities, in addition to more screening questions to help reduce the risk of potentially infected employees accessing corporate sites.“Symmetry Mobile provides an easy-to-use return-to-work remote technology solution that provides an actual hard barrier to entry if a person fails to meet their company’s required screening questions,” Howard Johnson, AMAG Technology President, said in the announcement. “By recording every person’s answer, Symmetry Mobile also provides an audit trail, which helps companies remain in compliance with governing authorities while keeping employees safe.”With Symmetry Mobile, employees can be required to complete a return-to-work questionnaire on their smartphone. Upon successful completion, their physical access card or mobile credential will be enabled for a specified period of time. However, if not completed successfully, the access card will expire and the employee will not be able to enter the facility.The return-to-work questionnaire’s functionality within Symmetry Mobile operates independently from the access control readers and can be used on virtually any existing Symmetry Access Control system installation — without any local infrastructure changes. Symmetry Mobile also operates with Symmetry Blue Bluetooth readers, supporting organizations that are transitioning to a fully mobile access control solution. Organizations can phase the readers in to minimize disruption while modernizing the user experience, increasing flexibility and security, and creating a safer onboarding environment.The app is available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

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