Forget Google, The real ‘Big Brother’ has arrived

Posted on August 19, 2010 by .

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The latest eye scanning technology is already being used in a Mexican city.

The latest eye scanning technology is already being used in a Mexican city.

Nevermind Google and other “eye in the sky” satelite people watchers, the real Big Brother has arrived and he will dwell amonst us.

The Mexican city of Leon is set to install a series of real time iris scanners – capable of tracking up to 50 people per minute – to track up to 1 million citizens. Remember the movie Minority Report, where the public is tracked everywhere they go, from shopping malls to work to mass transit to the privacy of their own homes. Well, the technology is here.

The scanners, from biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers, don’t require people to stop and be scanned, instead capturing images while citizens walk around the city. The largest scanners can capture up to 50 people per minute, while smaller devices range from 15 to 30 people. The devices are currently being installed in a number of public places such as train and bus stations and are connected to a central database designed to track people as they move about the city.

City officials are hoping that retinal scans will help reduce crime and fraud. Jeff Carter of Global Rainmakers says if you’ve been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you’re a known shoplifter, for example, you won’t be able to go into a store without being flagged. Certainly for others, boarding a plane will be impossible.

The one million citizens in Leon have all been offered the opportunity to voluntarily scan their eyes, while convicted criminals have automatically been added to the system. Proponents of the system believe that everyone on the planet will be connected to an iris tracking system within the next 10 years.

Check out this video showing the eye scanner in action:

So will we live the future under iris scanners and constant Big Brother monitoring? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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