Sports and Surveillance Wireless Network Combined

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Sep 10, 2013

A school district in Pennsylvania wants to make the most its expanded wireless network by not only using it for surveillance, but having it support sporting events too. We take a look at the upcoming installation and what issues could arise from such dual use. 

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Comments (3)

First reaction is, 'so what's your point?' Carlton describes a not uncommon scenario of possible poor decision making but I fail to see why it qualifies for publication here. As stated "there may have been a secondary reason for the system" - kind of deflates the argument.

"There is no signed contract for this work, and it was verbally authorized, according to the school’s assistant superintendent." - talk about throwing the guy under the (school) bus! Any chance he might deny saying that when the State School Board investigates?

Lastly, you made public a copy of the Quote from Comms Solutions which has a Copyright and Not-for-distribution notice on every page, which would seem unwise IMO.

But overall it comes across as something a disgruntled integrator might write, having just lost the contract. I'm sorry John, for me this doesn't come up to your usual high standards.

Barry, I don't think is a fascinating post and we talked internally about finding topics of broader interest.

That said, the school official could deny saying it but unless you are claiming that we are lying, we are reporting what was told to us.

Finally, when companies submit documents to public entities, like school districts, it does not matter if they label it copyright, 'top secret' or 'penalty of death for sharing'. The school, as a public entity, is under legal requirements of disclosure (see our official request). For background, see our tutorial on Obtaining Copies of Government Contracts.

Barry, I also saw what could be summarized as Comm Solutions' "non-disclosure" statement, with some amusement. But I'm sure they understood it becomes invalid when they submit it to a municipal or other government entity as most have open disclosure laws that would supercede Comm's conditions. The proposal was probably made from a template that just automatically puts that there.

Agreed it's not an earthshattering topic, but I still liked it simply as an example and measurement to see what's going on in other places, and saves me the work from doing the research myself. :)

At least, that's what I go from it, though I don't entirely know if that was the point.

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