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Kingston University to Explore How Drones, Smart Wristbands, and Cameras Could Transform Future of Concert Security


The crowd at an outdoor concert.

Kingston University researchers will explore how a network of drones, smart wristbands and body-mounted video cameras could be used to help keep people safe at large outdoor concerts as part of a major new European research project.

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Researchers at Kingston University in the U.K. will investigate how networked drones, smart wristbands, and body-mounted video cameras could enhance concert security, with a grant from the European Commission.

Kingston University is one of 28 institutions participating in Europe's three-year, $16-million Management of Networked Internet of Things (IoT) wearables (MONICA) project. The university's Robot Vision team will study how drones and other video-surveillance techniques could be integrated within an Internet-linked system to expedite security agents' response to disturbances in large crowds.

"As part of the project we will be looking at how wearable devices--such as smart wristbands that could be worn by concert-goers--could connect to a system developed as part of the MONICA project, which will provide [global-positioning system] information," says Kingston professor Paolo Remagnino. "That would tell you how many people are in specific places and, if there was a disturbance, you could quickly establish where it was taking place."

From Kingston University London (United Kingdom)
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