"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

New Generation CCTV

Just because the technology is there doesn't mean it has to be used in this way.  ISIS = Integrated Sensor Information System:
Criteria that ISIS will look for are likely to include clothing such as hooded tops, sudden movements, odd behaviour such as moving seats and verbal aggression.  Metal detectors, motion detectors and even microphones could eventually be added to sharpen the system further.
“We have four million cameras across the country at present but their impact on anti-social behaviour is actually fairly negligible,” said Dr Paul Miller, who is part of the 50-strong team.
The computer constantly assesses the situation and if it becomes a major risk alerts a control room who can send out a verbal warning or alert officers nearby to stampout crimes before they occur.
They just don't know when to stop and we're paying a very high price in loss of privacy.   I don't recall Raymond Baxter of Tomorrow's World warning us about this.


  1. I think it is in Middlesbrough that the CCTV has audio output from a control room onto the street. A voice will boom out 'You in the blue trousers: pick up the litter you just dropped!' The kids just ignore it.

  2. Yes, there was a programme on tv a few months back, I think, but these new ones are 'watched' by a computer and have other frills too. I thought it was interesting the guy, Dr Miller, said the 4m already on the streets had done very little to combat bad behaviour/crime so instead of admitting they've failed and withdrawing them, they're just increasing the capability.

  3. We ought to go beyond just blogging about these things. We need to mobilise.

    Will you be joining OH on his walk on 5th Nov, GV?

  4. I keep thinking the same thing Fausty but I doubt I'll be in the country for the Walk. I didn't expect to be out here for so long - lots of plans gone awry. What about you?


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