News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “The present disclosure relates generally to computer vision, and more particularly, to security screening and long range video surveillance using computer vision. “Security screening systems inspect checked and hand baggage, cargo, containers, passengers, etc. for content, such as, explosives, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), firearms, contraband, drugs, etc. They play a key role in the Homeland Defense/Security strategy for increased safety in airports, air and sea traffic. For instance, since August 2010 the government has mandated 100% air cargo screening, with possible extension to sea cargo. State-of-the-art security screening systems require improvement in a number of aspects. This includes (a) efficient and effective automation for improved throughput and focused operator attention and (b) a systems view and integration of various components in screening, e.g., reconstruction, segmentation, detection, recognition, visualization, standards, platform, etc., to achieve an efficient screening workflow.
MOBOTIX Corp., New York, prevailed again in a patent dispute with San Antonio, Texas-based e-Watch Inc. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted MOBOTIX Corp.’s request and determined that all claims of U.S. Pat. No. 6,970,183 challenged by MOBOTIX Corp. are not patentable.
A 17-year-old inventor in Boulder, CO, will receive a $50,000 grant to help develop a biometric sensor designed to prevent unauthorized people from firing guns. “I’ve been interested in technology for as long as I can remember,” Kai Kloepfer said. “After the mass shooting in the movie theater in Aurora in 2012, I started thinking about the role technology could play in preventing accidents and death related to firearms. The idea actually came to me in a dream and I have been working since then to make it a reality.”