Volume 13, Number 27
24 April

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MBA Students Develop New Security System

Kadir Kaan Kayabalı and Demirhan Büyüközcü, both MBA Students at Bilkent, have developed new security software that is poised to become a part of security systems in airports, shopping malls, museums and markets. Kayabalı and Büyüközcü who did their undergraduate studies at METU, have developed software that uses image processing technology to detect intrusions to highly secured areas, thefts and abandoned baggage from the camera's point of view.

The software uses a series of filters and algorithms to detect changes in the view, the presence or absence of objects, as well as motion.

Applications for this technology include being able to detect burglary and vandalism, as well as identify the perpetrators. When something suspicious happens, the system can call the police as well as send an SMS or email message to the owner or security managers of a building or company. In addition, the software can detect unattended packages in case of a bomb threat and can send an alert to security or the police.
As Kayabalı says "The technology allows you to have 24 hour security and vigilance without the need to change shifts or take breaks as in the case of a person." Museums are particularly excited about the ability of the program to detect the changes and movements of artifacts or pieces and to immediately sound an alarm if such movement occurs.

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