The UFO Phenomenon
German university's camera system is designed to detect UFOs
February 9, 2022 | 26 comments
What will the system discover ? Image Credit: Hakan Kayal / Universitat Wurzburg
The SkyCAM-5 camera system uses artificial intelligence to spot unidentified aerial phenomena.
Perched high atop the Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Wurzburg (JMU) building in Bavaria, Germany, this unassuming grey box is a new 'eye on the sky' for UFO researchers.
The brainchild of Hakan Kayal - a Professor of Science and Technology - the new camera system is the latest in a series of prototype models currently in operation on the university's roof.
Its mission: to detect and analyze UFOs.
"Most of these observations concern known phenomena or objects such as birds, aircraft, satellites or clouds," said Prof Kayal. "But for a very small proportion, the cause remains unexplained even after intensive investigation by experts."
The SkyCAM-5 camera works by continually watching the sky while using machine learning algorithms to automatically dismiss known phenomena and other false detections.
Over time, it will get smarter, enabling it to better detect a UFO if one does actually show up.
Kayal himself admits that it is still early days, however over time he intends to secure additional funding so that more cameras can be set up to expand the system.
Eventually, there could be a whole network of UFO-detecting cameras set up all around the world, thus making it possible to not only detect these objects, but also to track them over long distances.
It will be interesting to see how the project develops over the coming years.
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