Bank robbers in face masks may think they can escape without being identified. But not so fast… Thanks to automated gait analysis, there might be a way to track the perpetrators. Security systems in commercial establishments may soon incorporate technology which identifies a person by their walk.
Gait energy image, a computer vision technique uses video images of a person to create a blurred silhouette that is characteristic of their gait. A human operator links this gait “signature” to a person’s identity, allowing the system to automatically spot that person when they are next caught on film.
And phone thieves, beware! There is an Android app for smartphones that analyses and records the gait of the phone owner. If the phone is stolen, the change in walking pattern is registered and could be used to shut the device down.