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"Freedom" Tower

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Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

"Freedom" Tower

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Freedom Tower, the memorial at the WTC site will be secured with biometric scans, face matching software that matches faces in the crowd to known terrorists, and well armed, highly paid guards.

I feel freer already.
  • I like the guards thing. That is a firm, but flexible option to prevent and respond to a wide array of security situations while at least having the possiblity to be minimally intrusive.

    Biometrics for critical areas like utility rooms, elevator mechanical rooms, boilers, stuff like that might not be a terrible idea either. I don't think it would make much of a difference for entering the building at all. Unless you are matching it up with databases of known bad fingerprints and such, all it will help is investigating a security breech after the fact.

    Having everyone sign in like pretty much any medium to large business requires, with times logged, will let them match things up with the security cameras later if the need arises. IF you really think there is a need, photo visitor badges with color codes to identify people that are supposed to be escorted.

    The face scanning bothers me though. This could be integrated with the photo visitor badge process(to avoid a casing operation figuring out how to avoid the system), but there is still the issue of false positives. And without some transparency to the process, what assurance is there that they aren't using it to keep out people they simply don't like, or using it to keep out legitimate dissidents? On the other hand, the transparency needed to reduce abuse potential would also reduce its security potential. That said, for critical areas, face scanning against a database of authorized people, rather than known bads, may be a good idea.
    • Using face scanning to pick people out of a crowd just isn't technologically feasible anyway - the false positive and negative rates are far too high, and it's easily defeated.
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