Found an unusual application of Wi-Fi: human identification beyond the wall

Engineers from the University of California have developed a technology of human identification beyond the wall (or any similar obstacle) by using an ordinary video camera (or rather video) and signals emitted by… Wi-Fi-the transmitters. Of course, to worry about the fact that you are using the router suddenly begin to follow your neighbours not worth it. But the technology looks very interesting.

Wi-Fi is able not only to distribute Internet

How to identify the person using Wi-Fi

The new technique allows to determine whether the man behind the obstacle the same person who is on the video. And the video does not have to be fresh. So to start I’m afraid Wi-Fi networks while it is premature. But if the technology that carries a threat of safety of personal data, you will learn about it first. Assuming of course that you will be subscribed to our news channel in the Telegram.

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This new system of identification has received the name XModal-ID, where the first letter is not a letter, and a symbol “cross”, English cross. Thus the name is pronounced as Cross-Modal-ID. And it can have many uses. What? For example, let us consider a scenario in which law enforcement authorities have surveillance footage of the robbery. They suspect that the robber is hiding inside the house, but confirmation of this is not. Besides the house can be hostages, and to peek inside using cameras does not work. Here to the aid will come XModal-ID.

Our approach allows us to determine whether the man behind the wall is the same as in the existing videos. In this case you only need a couple of transmitters Wi-Fi,- says one of the authors Professor Yasamin of Mostofi. It does not require any preliminary data on the speed of Wi-Fi connection. Don’t even need to know where exactly is the study subject. Need a video of this person.

How does it work? In essence the principle of operation is very simple. One transmitter Wi-Fi signal and one Wi-Fi receiver are close by. Behind the obstacle the person is. The transmitter sends the wireless signal received power which is measured by the receiver. Wave wireless connection reflected from the man behind the obstacle. Then, given the video recording of gait and human motion, these measurements allow to make a three-dimensional model of the person. She used in order to compare behavioral patterns with those that were recorded by the camera.

The identification of a person “through obstacles” is a pretty promising technology. We each move is unique. And use the gait or other features of the movement is almost the same as the use of biometric data.

This equipment is enough to identify the person

Not to be unfounded, scientists have tested his invention on a group of volunteers. Of course, the sample was small — only 8 people. However, this amount was enough to prove the efficiency of technology and right to recognize people in 84% of cases. Become more familiar with the experiment you can in the video, available below.

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