The NYT reports:
The City of Chicago has linked its street cameras via a CAD system to its 911 network. Well, yeah, so?
This means that, as soon as someone dials 911 to report a crime, as long as “the 911 caller is in a location within 150 feet of one of [the] surveillance cameras”, the live feed of the 911 call locale is captured from the street cameras and broadcast to the dispatch center. The dispatcher can view the live feed, then pinpoint the suspect or location based on the initial call info and direct the officer who shows up at the scene where to go and who to nab.
Now, Durham, NC has recently tested out a program where six cameras (originally 13) were linked to its 911 system. While there were some good results, the overall ratings were reportedly less than satisfactory because of an outdoor wireless system and bandwidth issues.
However, this technology “was paid for with a $6 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security.” and “has been in use since a trial run in December.”
Let’s see how this plays out.
What’s especially interesting (pay attention, those of you who have issues with your Big Brother):
In addition to the city’s camera network…the new system can also connect to cameras at private sites like tourist attractions, office buildings and university campuses.
Twenty private companies have agreed to take part in the program…and 17 more are expected to be added soon. Citing security concerns, the city would not say how many cameras were in the system.
Cross-posted at culpering355.wordpress.com.