How Cell Phones Will Become CCTV Cameras

Author: John Honovich, Published on Aug 01, 2008

In a move foreshadowing the future of video surveillance, the NYPD is launching a service for anyone to upload video of crimes captured on their cell phones.

In the article, the NYPD commissioner states, ""It's a fact of life," Kelly said. "Everybody has a camera in their telephones. When people can record an event taking place that helps us during an investigation, it's helpful."

This offers the potential to increase the number of 'eyes' or cameras on the street by 10x or more. Everyone who has a cellphone with a camera, now becomes a CCTV camera. Obviously, today, these cameras suffer limitations relative to traditional video surveillance. However, with cameras becoming more powerful and broadband wireless becoming more pervasive, it is not difficult to imagine that in the next 5 to 10 years, cellphone cameras becoming a powerful element in video surveillance solutions. This is especially so if police departments are encouraging and building tools to make such use easier.

While a whole host of technical challenges remain to optimize this solution, this practice has the ability to transform how video surveillance is conducted. Advances in video management and analytic techniques will be crucial to find patterns in submitted video and to link that video to other evidence including traditional video surveillance.

Whether or not this effort succeeds in the short run, this is a clear indication of how video surveillance will attempt to expand in the future.

Most Recent Industry Reports

SkyBell Trim & Slim Models Tested on Sep 25, 2017
Given continued growth of video doorbells and the central role Skybell plays in smarthome packages like Alarm.com and Honeywell Total Connect, we...
Hackers Globally Attacking Dahua Recorders on Sep 25, 2017
Dahua recorders are being hacked and vandalized around the world, as confirmed by dozens of reports to IPVM since the attacks surged 5 days...
Reseting IP Cameras - 30 Manufacturer Directory on Sep 22, 2017
Every camera has a reset button (well, almost) but it is not always clear what these buttons do, how long they need to be held, what settings they...
80+ OEMs Verified Vulnerable To Hikvision Backdoor on Sep 22, 2017
Over 80 Hikvision OEM partners, including ADI, Interlogix, LTS, and Northern Video, have been verified as having products vulnerable to the...
Genetec Launches Cloud Access Control (Synergis SaaS) on Sep 21, 2017
Genetec's cloud everything expansion continues, with their announcement of Synergis SaaS edition, joining their cloud video offering Stratocast,...
Genetec CEO Warns Against Insider Threats on Sep 21, 2017
With Dahua and Hikvision cybersecurity issues becoming indisputable, a new counter has emerged. Just put them behind a firewall, buy cheap...
New IPVM Calculator V3 Released on Sep 20, 2017
The New IPVM Calculator V3 is released. An entirely new architecture delivers the following benefits: Turbo The calculator is now ~50% faster in...
Automatic Door Operators For Access Tutorial on Sep 20, 2017
Opening and closing doors might sound simple, but it takes a high-tech piece of door hardware to pull it off. Integrating automatic door operators...
'Clowns' Allege Ubiquiti 'Completely Fraudulent' on Sep 20, 2017
A short seller has alleged Ubiquiti is 'completely fraudulent'. Ubiquiti's CEO has responded calling them 'clowns'. Here is the short...
Avigilon 'Blue' Cloud Entry Examined on Sep 19, 2017
Avigilon is moving to the cloud. The company announced their Avigilon Blue platform, designed to be a web-managed surveillance system, utilizing...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact