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Creepy Video Surveillance Towers Pop Up On Playgrounds

November 1, 2011 | Hogan Keyser
In recent times, government surveillance has been getting more and more involved, to the point of excess, and to help stress that point, what better than a CCTV tower on a playground?  The latest CCTV solution places the candid cameras wherever they can be hooked up and routed back to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) or Network Video Recorder (NVR).  The current issue is deciding whether or not to stick with the DVR or to switch to the NVR.  NVRs are customized servers designed for the purpose of processing images from the Internet Provider camera systems on a dedicated network.  The cameras can then capture and encode the video to reduce the size and be transmitted over a network to help reduce the need for a large bandwidth. 

Many of these systems, whether implemented yet or not, can and will be used for video analytics software.  Some of these softwares include:

  • People Counting
  • Motion Tracking
  • Left Item Detection
  • Object Classification
  • Removed Item Detection
  • Virtual Fence/Perimeter Breach
  • Vehicle Counting
  • Wrong Direction and Loitering Monitoring
  • Facial Recognition
  • Gait Recognition

Many of the new systems out take advantage of the existing hardware used in server structures today, such as an Intel Quad-Core Xeon Processor, Hard Disk Drives (HDD) running in RAID arrays.  All of this makes for a creepy situation where the government, or outside contractors, would be able to monitor your every move.  Couple this with what you do online and the government has a pretty good idea of who you are, who you know, and what you are like, without you even knowing.

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