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IARPA to develop photo location finder

Washington, US: The US-based Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) announced that it is developing analysis software that could help track down terrorists – by identifying their hideouts via recognition software. The software will be capable to identify where in the world any photo was taken.

As envisaged, the system will help rapidly pinpoint where propaganda videos were made, or trace photographs seized from computers like those found in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. In A press statement, IARPA mentioned, “Such image/video geolocation is an extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive activity that often meets with limited success.”

“The Finder Program aims to develop technology that, with the aid of an analyst, geolocates an outdoor image or video taken from anywhere on the land surface of the world, via the use of publicly available information,” IARPA added.

Google recently introduced a relevant feature to its image search engine, reverse search, which allows users to search for pictures on the web similar to one they already have. TinEye, a reverse image search engine developed by a Canadian firm, performs a similar function.

But IARPA was clear that it doesn’t believe existing technology is up to the task. “IARPA is not interested in approaches that only integrate current software,” it said. “New algorithms and methods must be proposed.”

But the agency acknowledged the problem was “difficult” and said it did not expect the Finder Program to bear fruit until 2016.

Source: The Telegraph