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Published by Ellen on July 24, 2013 10:07 AM

If you haven't yet seen a time-lapse video shot with an outdoor surveillance camera, here's your chance. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) unveiled a time-lapse video of construction crews repaving the I-84 highway that began earlier this month. The video, edited down to just a minute and a half, shows all westbound construction activity that took place in a 48-hour time span. The state-owned camera is installed on one of the overpasses, providing a bird's eye view of both the westbound and eastbound lanes.

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Published by Ellen on May 2, 2013 10:42 AM

According to a poll conducted by New York Times/CBS News majority of Americans believe that public surveillance is a good idea; 78% to be exact. The poll of Americans on Terrorism Threats, published on May 1, 2013, asked survey respondents their opinions on a variety of hot-button issues such as the risk of terrorism in the United States, civil liberties, and domestic preparedness for preventing a terrorist attack. What's even more noteworthy is that these results come from a reputable, dependable, and unbiased news agency. What follows is a demographic breakdown of those who believe that public surveillance can help reduce the threat of terrorism:

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Published by Ellen on September 10, 2012 10:39 AM

Sixty security cameras with wireless capability were deployed at the Republication National Convention in Tampa, Florida in late August. Now, the city is considering whether or not to continue using the surveillance cameras, which are currently fastened to traffic light posts, light poles, and buildings. The camera systems were funded by a $50 million grant supplied by Congress.

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Published by Ellen on August 28, 2012 9:08 AM

The Dubai Police is ready to install top-of-the-line security cameras throughout the city to curtail crime and build a safer environment for residents. The decision to invest in a highly sophisticated surveillance system was made after security cameras in malls, hotels, and the airport helped catch the 33 European and Australian suspects who were accused of taking part in the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh.

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Published by Ellen on August 22, 2012 11:22 AM

Charlotte, North Carolina is gearing up to host the Democratic National Convention on September 1, 2012. For the upcoming event, the city will rely on the efforts of 1,000 police officers patrolling the area in addition to nearly 500 security cameras installed around the convention site. Around half of the event's police officers will direct area traffic.

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Published by Ellen on July 23, 2012 9:12 AM

The city of Albuquerque is a hotspot for summer concerts. The annual Summerfest in Nob Hill features an array of musical guests spanning such genres as Latin, jazz and blues, contemporary, and rock. Therefore, it's no surprise that the event attracts residents and tourists from all over the state.

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Published by Ellen on July 11, 2012 10:33 AM

In an effort to prevent the inflow of illegal immigrants, terrorism, and drug traffickers, the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration has installed highly intelligent video surveillance cameras on the Southwest border. The megapixel cameras are equipped with license plate recognition, a video intelligence tool that enables border security officials to depict license plate numbers from a far distance. License plate recognition is an advanced, in-demand feature in today's IP video surveillance market.

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Published by Ellen on July 10, 2012 8:24 AM

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security was recently awarded a $72,836 grant to equip the Alabama Statehouse with high-end video surveillance cameras. Spencer Collier, a former legislator, spoke out about the enhanced security plan, saying it will protect Statehouse staff, legislators, and visitors.

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Published by Ellen on July 2, 2012 8:07 AM

Jackson District Library Facility Administrator Mike Way plans to closely research different styles of video surveillance cameras following two major break-ins in the last five years.

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Published by Ellen on June 27, 2012 9:25 AM

A brand new video surveillance system will soon be deployed at the Dallas Love Field airport in an effort to tighten security. More than 500 security cameras will be emplaced inside of the airport according to Karl Martin, who serves as the Senior Manager of IT operations with the city of Dallas. Despite curiosity of the cameras' technologies, Martin says that the public will not be provided with the particulars of the operation: "We can't talk about what is being done specifically in the back house." However, he did provide a few noteworthy details that shed light on the systems' built-in analytics and features.

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Published by Ellen on May 24, 2012 9:01 AM

The current video surveillance system in place at Louisiana’s Port Fourchon has been significantly improved through high-end video management software. The security system's video intelligence prompts the surveillance cameras to immediately trigger an alert and set off an external alarm if suspicious activity is detected. As a result, first responders will be able to decrease their response times and carry out the necessary steps at the exact moment when a potential security breach occurs.


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Published by Margeaux on April 5, 2011 9:21 AM

Long Island, New York has installed thousands of Panasonic network video cameras to monitor approximately 50 public buildings. For example, several of its fire houses now monitor entry ways so that visitors can be granted access based on physical identification. Panasonic network cameras are also monitoring the interior and exterior of jails and other publically-funded buildings.

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Published by Margeaux on March 10, 2011 1:59 PM

Two years ago, municipal authorities in Egedal, Denmark implemented a network video surveillance initiative throughout public buildings. Using Milestone software to manage a fleet of IP cameras from Axis, ACTi and other manufacturers, Egedal greatly reduced the incidence of vandalism and crime in schools, train stations and libraries.

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Published by Dan on May 28, 2010 4:14 PM

Lansing, Michigan just received a new city-wide video surveillance system that aims to clean up a number of known high-crime areas. The new surveillance deployment uses IP cameras and equipment from IndgiVision. By embracing IP video technology, the city now has a comprehensive IP camera network that the police department can tap into remotely from any location.

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Published by Dan on September 17, 2009 11:19 AM

Residents in Medina, Washington are feeling safe and secure with the help of a new city surveillance system that features security cameras placed at busy intersections. The cameras use automatic license plate recognition as a way to weed out felons. The ultimate goal is to discourage criminal activity.

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Published by Dan on July 8, 2009 2:37 PM

The city of Bryan, Texas is the latest in a long list of cities turning to video surveillance as a way to increase security in public places. In Bryan, work is complete on the first phase of large-scale video surveillance installation designed to keep tabs on the city's recently revitalized downtown. The newly installed security cameras aim to create a safer overall environment for citizens, and to protect public property and facilities.

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Published by Dan on April 20, 2009 1:56 PM

The city of Pendleton, an Oregon town well known for its rodeo and cowboys, is set to install a new system of security cameras that will allow Police to monitor for dangerous activity. The system will include 10 wireless surveillance cameras that can be placed on any of the city's 40-foot utility poles. This flexibility allows police to move the cameras to different locations as needed.

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Published by Dan on August 25, 2008 2:27 PM

One of the key benefits of IP-based surveillance is the ability to transmit footage over the internet so it can be viewed remotely. In Chicago, where a large surveillance network already exists, a plan is in the works that would allow businesses and home owners to make their private security cameras available to the Chicago 911 center in cases of emergency. The owners would have to give permission, of course.

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Published by Dan on August 18, 2008 3:41 PM

The Los Angeles Police Department recently upgraded an existing video surveillance network that aims to deter crime in MacArthur Park. The improved park surveillance system features fixed security cameras, PTZ domes, and video management solutions from GE Security.

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Published by Dan on July 2, 2008 9:40 AM

Here's a video surveillance success story from the streets of Newark, N.J. This is a city where the threat of violence looms large in some areas, but police are hopeful that a new surveillance system and operations center will help to change that. In the operations center, police are now able to monitor 109 security cameras that have been installed throughout an eight-mile area considered to be the city's most violent. Best of all, the system is already yielding results.

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Published by Jennifer on June 26, 2008 2:26 PM

Like many other American cities, Pittsburgh has been the recipient of grants for security cameras from the US Department of Homeland Security. Cameras have been installed in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, and officials say that the cameras are "paying for themselves" as they help preserve city resources and have drastically lowered crime.

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Published by Jennifer on June 24, 2008 9:40 AM

Thanks to a grant from the US Department of Homeland Security, Orlando residents will soon see a new landmark in public areas. Smart surveillance cameras for project IRIS (Innovative Response to Improve Safety) will be installed in public areas around Orlando, with the intent of improving the response of law enforcement to urgent situations.

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Published by Dan on May 23, 2008 10:25 AM

Post office security cameras captured images of a brutal murder that took place in Philadelphia this week. Patricia McDermott, 48, was on her way to work Tuesday morning when she was shot and killed by an unknown attacker. The entire tragic scene was captured on video, and now police are hoping the surveillance footage will lead to the man's arrest.

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Published by Jennifer on April 10, 2008 11:21 AM

Washington, D.C. police will be charged with monitoring more than 5,000 surveillance cameras around the city in a new effort to reduce crime and increase safety in the nation's capital. The consolidation of these thousands of cameras (in schools, public housing, and watching over major roads) will form the nation's largest surveillance network - larger than Chicago's 2,000 camera public surveillance network.

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Published by Jennifer on April 2, 2008 10:18 AM

In Austin, Texas, private contractors are jockeying for the exclusive right to set up an expanded video camera network of their products on the United States-Mexico border. Even with two million dollars in federal grants to establish the border video surveillance program, the original goal of getting the program up and running by January 2008 proved overly ambitious, but the expansion of Texas' experimental pilot surveillance program should fall into place relatively quickly once a bidder wins the contract.

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Published by Rick on February 20, 2008 10:08 AM

After a wave of break-ins and vandalism, Fresno County library officials have decided to provide several branch libraries with security camera systems. The initial plan is to install cameras in five sites, with an eventual goal to equip all 34 branches with video security. Some of the problems the libraries have endured include stolen CDs, DVD, books, and even computers. There have also been instances of graffiti on exterior walls, and on library shelves, and stolen cars from library parking lots.

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Published by Dan on January 29, 2008 9:42 AM

San Francisco's city-funded surveillance program has faced criticism recently for its inability to perform up to its potential. The problem appears to lie less with the quality of the cameras, and more with the way they are being operated. Since the 68-camera system was installed, instances of the cameras providing visual evidence in criminal cases have been rare. A recent review of the program found that choppy video may be the main culprit. If cameras aren't streaming video at a high enough frame rate, then the odds of capturing useful images are lessened. Footage examined during the review played more like a slideshow than continuous streaming video, with 1 or 2 seconds passing between frames. Contrast this with the full-scale surveillance program in Chicago, where high-quality video is delivered at 30 frames per second, and it becomes clear that San Francisco's program has room for improvement.

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Published by Dan on January 7, 2008 9:41 AM

Following a homicide last month involving a mother and a daughter, the Town Center in Boca Raton, Fla. is pushing hard for a major video surveillance upgrade. While plans were already in the works to add more security cameras, the recent tragedy further highlights the importance of enhanced video security. Mall officials are now pursuing a full-scale video surveillance system to monitor the entire exterior of the Town Center mall.

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Published by Dan on January 2, 2008 8:44 AM

The city of Pittsburgh is gearing up for a large-scale upgrade to its existing video surveillance operation. Plans are in the works to integrate hundreds of existing security cameras with new, high-tech cameras so they can all operate on one centrally-monitored system. To move the process along, the city has hired an outside firm, N.W. Getz and Associates, to develop a timetable, examine computer networks for the system, and evaluate rules for preventing abuse and misuse of the cameras.

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Published by Dan on December 20, 2007 9:34 AM

Philadelphia is one of a handful of big U.S. cities that has fully committed to widespread video security in the past year. This week, Philadelphia police unveiled a new state of the art surveillance command center which monitors hundreds of security cameras now operating throughout the city.

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Published by Dan on December 17, 2007 4:13 PM

The city of Helsinki plans on acquiring upwards of 150 new surveillance cameras to be installed in public places and sensitive areas over the next couple years. The aim is to increase the overall level of security, allowing citizens to feel safe in all areas of the city. The new surveillance plan calls for fixed security cameras, as well as portable surveillance cameras that can be used for large public events.

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Published by Jennifer on December 17, 2007 3:01 PM

In the small town of Sergnano, Italy, which employs just two police offers to protect 3,000 inhabitants, an IP camera system has been deterring and catching criminals-- particularly vandals-- so successfully that the system paid for itself within a year of its implementation. The system covers an area of thirteen square kilometers, which made traditional analog CCTV impossibly expensive. Instead, IndigoVision, the company that installed the system, came up with a combined wired and wireless network for the cameras, facilitating cost-effective IP surveillance of remote areas.

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Published by Dan on November 27, 2007 10:58 AM

The Baltimore County Circuit Courthouse was recently outfitted with a comprehensive security camera system to monitor the day to day activities within the facility. This is no small installation. Areas under surveillance within the courthouse include 20 courtrooms and hearing rooms, prison cells, stairwells, hallways, lobbies, entrances and exits. There are also cameras situated outside the courthouse. All told, the surveillance system consists of 80 digital security cameras which are monitored from a control room in the basement of the courthouse. The wide-reaching system allows security personnel to continuously monitor areas of the facility that physically they couldn't possibly patrol simultaneously.

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Published by Jennifer on November 21, 2007 3:01 PM

Gary Andrews, owner of the Kountry Kitchen located in downtown Durham, NC is still recovering from an October 8 break-in. Coincidentally, Durham had just installed a state-of-the art wireless camera system in its downtown business district. So why didn't the surveillance cameras catch the Kountry Kitchen Krooks? Wireless.

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Published by Dan on October 23, 2007 9:22 AM

Looking to secure high-crime areas and cut down on gun violence, the city of Philadelphia this week announced plans to dramatically expand its surveillance program. Currently Philly's high-tech crime-fighting program consists of 18 security cameras, but that number will increase substantially with the addition of 250 network cameras. When you consider that the 18-camera system reduced violent crime by 37% in the areas it monitored, it's easy to understand why the city is very enthusiastic about building up its surveillance network.

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Published by Dan on October 15, 2007 9:27 AM

After a recent FBI index release showed St. Louis crime rates to be unacceptably high, the city has made plans to install a network of security cameras that will maintain a closer watch on downtown. The new surveillance system will include eight wireless pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras strategically placed in trouble spots throughout the area. The system is loosely modeled after existing surveillance networks operating in Baltimore and Chicago.

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Published by Dan on October 10, 2007 1:40 PM

Stealing from old people is just plain wrong. Thankfully, the three unforgivable crooks who swiped a purse from a helpless 95-year-old lady in Flint last week did not go unseen. That's because the Flint Township is in the process of installing what's known as the Safe City security camera system, a network of surveillance cameras aimed at monitoring the township's commercial strips. Images of the recent purse-snatching were captured by the system and then sent to the police. End result: the three suspects are now in custody.

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Published by Dan on October 2, 2007 11:30 AM

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his feelings about video surveillance loud and clear during a press conference in London yesterday. Bloomberg, who's spending part of his London "holiday" observing the city's comprehensive security camera network, is looking to implement a similar system in New York City. Critics claim the cameras are a breach of privacy, but yesterday Bloomberg called such detractors "very naive," noting that everyone he's talked to in London supports the use of technology as a way to enhance security.

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Published by Dan on August 23, 2007 4:51 PM

Garland, Texas is taking long strides to ensure that the city's water is safe. The biggest step involves the recent relocation of its Water Operation Center to an unmarked building equipped with a comprehensive video surveillance system.

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Published by Dan on July 16, 2007 11:49 AM

A series of seemingly unprovoked attacks near downtown Charlottesville, Va. has prompted business owners to seek out an effective form of video security for the popular shopping area. The public's confidence in the Downtown Mall's level of safety has waned due to the widely publicized attacks, each of which featured the same group of youths assaulting innocent pedestrians. Many malls and shopping areas install security cameras to both cut down on theft and also to enhance the overall level of safety by deterring these types of assaults and criminal acts. Surveillance footage can also prove extremely valuable to investigators tracking down suspects involved in incidents after they've been reported.

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Published by Dan on July 13, 2007 7:45 AM

Red light cameras have become a great fundraising tool for cities and municipalities everywhere. Tickets for light-runners help police forces focus on serious crimes and not minor traffic infractions. Australian police have taken this principle and expanded it to include freeways and byways in New South Wales - this time using cameras designed to capture license plate numbers.

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Published by Dan on July 9, 2007 2:10 PM

New York City will soon be taking strides towards emulating the vast surveillance network that currently monitors London. With both cities recognized as high-profile terrorist targets, it makes sense that comprehensive video surveillance installations would play a significant role in their security efforts. While London's expansive surveillance network has been criticized by some as a breach of privacy, it has helped to identify suspects involved in a number of terrorist plots including the London subway bombings in 2005 and last month's car bombings. The program proposed by New York's Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, when fully operational, will resemble the sweeping network of cameras and roadblocks which works to detect and track terrorist activity throughout London. It will be the first of its kind in the United States.

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Published by Dan on June 14, 2007 9:01 AM

The Senate Armed Services Committee has boldly proposed the idea of requiring the use of video surveillance cameras at military recruiting stations in order to prevent recruiter misconduct. According to the committee, the presence of security cameras is intended more to provide prospective recruits with peace of mind, rather than for trying to catch recruiters acting out of line. Potential recruits along with their friends and families would know that any improper conduct would be recorded, in theory making incidents of wrongdoing less likely to occur.

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Published by Dan on May 31, 2007 3:41 PM

Security cameras were recently installed in the Edgar County Courthouse and jail, and the new surveillance systems are already paying off. The purpose of the cameras is to provide building security as well liability protection. For example, in instances where inmates complain of mistreatment, or visitors maintain they were injured on the premises, there will be visual evidence to support or disprove those claims.

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Published by Jennifer on May 14, 2007 7:53 AM

Ports have long been considered some of the weakest entry points into the United States, and one of the biggest challenges facing security officials in the fight against terrorism is port security. Millions of packages enter and leave the country each day through the 100+ ports in the US, which can make establishing security a challenge. The Port of Pittsburgh, the second busiest inland port in the country, has recently received a $2.6 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to help secure the area.

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Published by Jennifer on May 8, 2007 9:14 AM

Six men described as "Islamic radicals" were arrested Tuesday morning, accused of plotting to enter a military base and murder "as many soldiers as possible." The men, described as nationals of the former nation of Yugoslavia, were incriminated thanks to video footage taken of a planning meeting.

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Published by Jennifer on April 20, 2007 1:23 PM

The town of Kazan, like many other cities in Russia, has been an seat of trade, government and culture for hundreds of years. However, with modern crises like a dense-evergrowing population, street crime, vandalism and a steady traffic flow, maintaining security has proven to be a bit of a challenge.

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Published by Dan on March 1, 2007 10:52 AM

In an effort to increase New York City nightclub safety, the City Council passed legislation on Wednesday that will require all dance clubs to install surveillance cameras at entrances and exits. While concerns over privacy were raised, the council was in agreement that the use of surveillance tapes would be extremely valuable in crime deterrence and investigation.

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Published by Jennifer on February 19, 2007 8:04 AM

2007 has been a controversial year for video surveillance in New York City. First, the controversial New York Civil Liberties Union report on public video surveillance and the release of the Surveillance Camera Project, and Katherine Mangu-Ward's counter-editorial on the benefits of public video surveillance.

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Published by Jennifer on February 6, 2007 1:27 PM

Katherine Mangu-Ward, a contributing editor to Reason magazine, recently published an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer with an interesting argument in support of public surveillance, especially the cameras that are appearing more and more frequently in large cities like New York and Chicago.

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