WOW was my initial reaction to watching the below video.
It never ceases to amaze me what is possible with current technology that we know about let alone what we do not know about.
This is a video about the ARGUS camera system which is the latest technology to be deployed by the US Government in the fight against crime.
ARGUS is a camera system that is essentially made up of 368 camera modules, very similar to those you would find in most of today’s mobile phones, that are ‘stitched’ together like a mosaic to produce a 1.8 Gigapixel camera. Yes that is right, 1.8 Gigapixel or 1.8 billion pixels to us mere mortals.
The result of this is a camera that can, from a whopping 20,000 feet up in sky zoom into every part of a medium sized city so that it sees, and records, every single bit of movement (yes every single) at once from lorries making deliveries, vehicles driving down the street, people crossing the road, you walking your dog, birds flying around and even down to seeing someone swinging their arms around during exercise.
All of the viewed data is stored onto 1 million terabytes of memory that will store up to 5000 hours of footage EVERY SINGLE DAY – that is going to require some man hours to go through every day.
Once mounted on a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) this system can be used, none stop, all day long without the need to land to relieve pilots as it is all controlled by remote control from the ground.