Tom Cruise ‘Minority Report’ style digital advertising billboard ‘watches consumers shop’

Engineers have developed the billboard, similar to one used in the Tom Cruise blockbuster, that uses in built cameras to instantly identifies a shopper’s age and gender as they walk past. The facial-recognition system, called the Next Generation Digital Signage Solution, then offers consumers a product it thinks is suited to their demographic. Experts said the technology, being developed by NEC, the Japanese electronics company, would allow advertisers to develop more accurate campaigns that were suited to consumers. But critics warned it was an invasion of privacy, a claim denied by the company. Officials claimed a person would remain anonymous and that images of their face would be immediately erased. The technology, currently being tested in major shopping centres throughout Japan, is similar to that featured in Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood film. In one scene Cruise’s character, John Anderton, walks through a futuristic mall with digital signs, which after recognising him start showing personal advertising. NEC said each billboard had a small camera with a “flat-panel monitor” built in. As a person walks past their personal information, including their age to within 10 years and gender, is then sent to an internal computer using facial recognition software. Engineers say the longer a person stays in front of the camera, the more accurate the data, that can either be stored or sent electronically, will be. Takeshi Yamamoto, the company’s vice president of strategic alliances, said the technology would enable advertisers in public venues, such as airports or shopping places, to better develop campaigns. The technology is being trialled in America later this year and, if successful, could be rolled out in other areas around the world


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