Saturday, February 21, 2009

What it takes to make surveillance cameras work

I'm not sure that Chicago's plan to have cameras everywhere in time for  the 2016 Olympics is all that comforting, but letting 911 operators pan, zoom and tilt cameras near 911 calls is a great idea.  Does it really work?  And how long before we can ask 911 callers with cell phones to "just hold up your phone, hit the camera shutter, and show us the perp"?

1 comment:

Douglas Barnes said...

It's behind schedule, but I believe it's still in the works:

This year, we'll begin a revolutionary innovation in crime-fighting: Equipping "911" call centers to receive digital images and videos New Yorkers send from cell phones and computers something no other city in the world is doing.

If you see a crime in progress or a dangerous building condition you'll be able to transmit images to 911, or online to NYC.GOV. And we'll start extending the same technology to 311 to allow New Yorkers to step forward and document non-emergency quality of life concerns holding City agencies accountable for correcting them quickly and efficiently.