Posted: 09 Jun 2013 02:11 PM PDT
Russia and the U.S. don’t often agree when it comes to politics and social issues but it seems that the two can agree on the need for top grade surveillance technology. According to the Wired article “5 Russian-Made Surveillance Technologies Used in the West” Russia’s surveillance technology is being used all over the world including the United States. The Russian voice recognition technology Speech Technology Center or STC goes by the name SpeechPro in the United States. STC also has facial recognition tools.
“In December 2012, STC announced it had gone to Ecuador and installed “the world’s first biometric identification platform, at a nation-wide level, that combines voice and face identification capabilities. The system allows authorities to accumulate a large image database of criminals and suspects. STC also claims it has invented algorithms that deliver reliable results even when facial characteristics have undergone physical changes, and the system’s voice and face modalities can be used together or separately — a voice sample or facial image alone is sufficient to make an identification.”
The Russian company MFI-Soft has developed information security and telecommunications solutions targeted towards law enforcement agencies as well as voice over internet protocol (VoIP) internet service providers. The company works under the name ALOE Systems and it is an interception technology that provides detection, monitoring, storage and analysis of information traveling over the internet. With the popularity of mobile phones, interception technology has become extremely important. Discovery Telecom Technologies (DTT) produces the AIBIS system or In-Between interception System and it works by disguising itself as a cell tower and intercepting nearby signals which allows the operator to listen and record calls. SMS message and mobile internet access can be monitored and the system can also jam cell phone signals to help locate potential targets. New York City is looking into the software developed by the Russian firm Dorga.TV which will give passengers the ability to track public transport online. They can estimate the quickest routes as well as see when a bus is due. Looks like Russia has the surveillance world captivated.
April Holmes, June 10, 2013