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TOPIC: The Most Watched Nation In The World

The Most Watched Nation In The World 12 Jan 2015 08:48 #1

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CCTV In The UK - The Most Watched Nation In The World!
By Mike Lewis, BiCSi RCDD, MOBOTIX UK & Eire Country Manager
With around five million CCTV cameras, we have one of the highest levels of monitoring per head of any country, and as a nation, we have accepted ubiquitous surveillance as a part of our everyday lives. However, the shocking reality is that the technology in most of our existing CCTV cameras is so outdated that it is significantly outclassed by the average camera phone
..walk around with at least a 3.1 million pixel camera in their mobile phones, possibly even five or eight million pixels. Now consider that most CCTV cameras are analogue — a 60-year old technology originally created for producing images on television — and analogue-based cameras have a maximum resolution of only 0.4 million pixels.

Subsequently, the quality of cameras protecting our airports, town centres, car parks, buses, trains and tube stations is eight times less than what teenagers are walking around with in their pockets!

This of course begs the question: why do local authorities continue to spend tax payers’ money on installing CCTV cameras in critical environments that are so outdated and lacking in basic quality? Particularly when there is an alternative in the form of high-resolution digital systems, which can, in fact, work out cheaper as well as producing massively improved image quality and ease of use?

To answer the question we must look to the security consultants and resellers. Many successful security companies have been built on installing CCTV systems over the past twenty years, and they are firmly entrenched in the analogue space. The plain fact is that they have made investments in analogue, and aren’t keen to take on new technologies, particularly if it involves learning a whole new skills set. Anyone can screw a camera to a wall and install a cable — but with digital you have to understand little bit about networks too.

As a result, they tell their customers that digital technology is unproven an expensive — when in reality, the opposite is true.

Traditionally cameras only supply the images, while the processing and recording is done later on a central PC using video management software. This traditional centralised structure requires not only high network bandwidth, but also...needs enormous PC processing power to support several cameras, rendering them neither cost-efficient nor suitable due to the large number of PCs required for high-resolution systems.

A ‘decentralised’ concept makes storage computers unnecessary, since the ‘intelligence’ is already integrated in the camera. It incorporates a high-speed computer and, if necessary, a digital memory (SD card) for long-term recording in every camera. The PC is used only for viewing, not for analysis or recording. As a result, such cameras can record events even without a running PC and digitally record videos with sound for archiving purposes.
In addition to encouraging a turnaround in the thinking of traditional security resellers, there needs to be a huge education process, not just for installers, but for customers as well. They shouldn’t be kept in the dark by security consultants pushing outdated analogue systems. They should be asking those same consultants, ‘Why are you trying to sell us a technology that was about 20 years ago?’

With London set to host the Olympics in 2012, the UK — and especially the capital — is set to add or replace another four million CCTV cameras over the next few years. There is absolutely no reason why
...we can’t shed the baggage of an analogue past and make the switch to digital here in the UK. The cost of the technology is coming down all the time, and the benefits — along with the images — are clear.
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The Most Watched Nation In The World 09 Feb 2015 03:55 #4

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UK public must wake up to risks of CCTV, says surveillance commissioner
The increasing use of surveillance technology – including body-worn video, drones and number plate recognition systems – risks changing the “psyche of the community” by reducing individuals to trackable numbers in a database, the government’s CCTV watchdog has warned.

In his full first interview as surveillance commissioner, Tony Porter – a former senior counter-terrorism officer – said the public was complacent about encroaching surveillance and urged public bodies, including the police, to be more transparent about how they are increasingly using smart cameras to monitor people

www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/06/tony-porter-surveillance-commissioner-risk-cctv-public-transparent
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The Most Watched Nation In The World 15 Feb 2015 16:54 #5

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Britain risks ‘sleepwalking into a surveillance state’ – CCTV watchdog
The UK has too many CCTV cameras and the public is ignorant of the true extent of snooping, the government’s surveillance tsar has warned.

Tony Porter, the UK’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner, said many of Britain’s millions of cameras are useless when it comes to combating crime.

In a biting critique, he said Europeans are shocked the British public readily accepts the number of cameras we have, adding we need a public debate and greater regulation
rt.com/uk/226579-cctv-britain-surveillance-state/
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