The first time I saw these was in a Walmart parking lot in New Mexico. They had at least two, possibly three in the lot as well as several overt box cams all over the Walmart rooftop. I inquired with the staff inside and they said it was in response to an "incident" they had some time ago.
Walmart must be a massive target for ambulance chasers and has these deployed for liability.
Yes Walmart always has people trying to sue them for something. One of the few lawsuits they have lost is where they had signs in a parking lot saying you were being recorded by CCTV but there wasn't actually any cameras recording the parking lot. There was an incident and nothing was being recorded or monitored.
Actually, its a pretty slick set up. They use Axis cameras and Bosch cameras. Not sure who they use for router, switch, horn etc. If you go to their website, they have install guides that show you quite a bit of detail on the packaging of the components. Install Guides - Liveview Technologies We make a similar system but ours isn't anywhere near as loaded at the top or bulky at the bottom and our real estate footprint is much smaller. Their system is overkill for a parking lot application like this IMO but if Walmart's willing to pay a premium for it, hats off to LVT Sales people. I'm surprised Walmart removed permanent cameras in lieu of this system though because these systems are limited and would require someone constantly manning the PTZs to really get full view of the whole parking lot. With only 2 of these in a lot the size of most Walmarts it seem like you'd get a lot of missing data. In construction site security, which is our focus, we figure we'll get 200ft detection on fixed cameras, 500ft on thermal and those are all used as alarming devices to trigger a remote operator to look in live with the PTZ. Not sure how Walmart mans it - maybe that guard the lady saw????
I wish I had that kind of time to spend over 7 minutes ever analyzing something that was there for the safety of the customers. Somewhat smart. I would guess this takes some liability off Walmart perhaps?