50,000 Cameras Planned for Mumbai, India

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jul 06, 2009

There is a massive video surveillance deployment planned in Mumbai. Read the article and you will see some elements seem strange. They plan to use the system for many different reasons from preventing terrorism, monitoring traffic and reducing crime (doing all simultaneously with a system is hard). Specifically, they plan to sell subscriptions to video feeds to the public (which is probably not a good idea if you are actually using this to monitor for terrorists and criminals).

The two biggest outcomes of US massive public surveillance contracts is (1) big contracts for vendors and (2) questionable results. It will be interesting to see if Mumbai can avoid the latter.

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