What are the red rectangles tracking in the CCTV footage???
A Boston woman who'd evidently had a very, very robust session on the sauce narrowly escaped becoming literally legless last Friday after falling onto the tracks at the city's North Station: CCTV view of woman falling onto train tracks Mercifully, rather alarmed fellow passengers were able to alert the driver of an oncoming …
Tracks are electrified; No combustibles in an enclosed space (underground system) and no overhead cabling, so they must be.
Red rectangles seem to be movement-based, picking up colour changes in the scene. Probably to prevent excessive scenes of motionless video capture. Could be to identify why a particular frame was captured.
Oddly, she looks like an ex colleague of mine... I should give them a call and see if they visited the US recently :D
It'll be motion activated video recording - the cameras are always watching, but only record when motion is detected. If you have worked with CCTV/computer based motion detecting [which you get with some webcams] you'll recognise it instantly.
On topic, lucky lucky lucky.
Shame about evolution missing out on another victim though.
In part to save energy, and also to lower the fatality rate of would-be suicide jumpers (or legless drunken ladies) the electrified rail doesn't operate at max power 'till the train is near. She's pretty damn lucky that the spark occured while the train wasn't too near, but ouch!
Don't drink & tube, seems to be the moral?
She was that close of getting a Darwin Award...
Though i guess that even being drunk and falling on the tracks does not even rate high enough in stupidity for a nomination.
On the plus side, she managed to have her fall recorded from three angles. Worth it to keep the video and show it to her grandchildren if she survives long enough to have them!
I vote to have PH be the standard Darwin Award icon...
Watching the video footage, it looks like she actually meant to step out onto the tracks in a possible suicide attempt? The stumbling doesn't look altogether unintended.
To lend credibility to this argument, she lies there prone until the train stops, then gets up almost exactly as the train comes to a stop? - Perhaps she thought the train would not touch her if she lay flat between the tracks?
Very odd. Lucky day indeed - and he probably won't remember a thing about it.
Makes you wonder that if we are so drunk we cannot drive, should be be allowed to get so drunk we cannot walk? (This argument came up regarding Boris having some pints and riding his bike)...
Personally I think people staggering about are disgusting, and it should be an offence.
Why must everybody repeat each other? They're boundaries for motion detection software. Anything within those boundaries that moves will trigger one or all of the following: a) recording, b) alarms, c) action from security personnel.
@ "Hmm... I wonder what kind of software are they running on this... These lines look suspiciously like the debug output of gmotion..."
Erm, pretty much any software with motion detection capabilities looks the same. It could just as easily be WebcamXP on Windows. Stop being silly.
Regarding Daniel B's comment:
Just to make it clear, anybody thinking of touching the live rail in southern england, Liverpool or on the Undeground:
The third rail is live at full power, and will kill you, at all times, regardless of whether or not there is a train anywhere near!!
(Not that I mind some Darwinian action, but it tends to delay my train home, and I feel sorry for the poor sods that have to clean it up).
Was this an accident while drunk, or getting some Dutch Courage, taking a final desparate smoke, and jumping under a train? Those last couple of steps looked aimed, and she appeared to be looking for when the train was coming moments before (although the latter she might be doing anyway).
Hmmm on the point of which is the most dangerous drug. Alcohol has to be class A. One very lucky lady as she had a bang from the third rail and that subdued her from doing herself anymore damage like being stood up when the train arrived - bonus that there were people there to warn the driver. One hopes the CCTV operator was also able to signal the train.
Just a guess but they appear in the space in and beyond the yellow (stand well back line). They will be warnings to show that there is an object (human brick etc) in proximity to the train and liable to be a threat. Clearly the system isn't great as the driver is unaware until the bystander convinces him to leave the cab and the train did not halt in the tube or apparoach at caution.
I grew up outside Beantown, and the look she gave down the track is one I'm familiar with- looking to see whether there was a train approaching, so she could figure out if she'd get in a few more drags on her ciggy. She was so shitfaced that the look into the distance unbalanced her, and own she went. There used to be a light, 20-30 feet up the tunnel that I think would go on when a train was near. Much safer then doing the stare down.
Let's see if Sophia Hartdegen's name ever pops up again, or if she melts back into humanity. She's deeply embarassed by what happened to her right now. She claims no drinking problem, and says we should move along now