Despite massive interest in public video surveillance projects in the United States, many of the projects since 9/11 have faced serious public problems.
New York to Illinois to the US/Mexican Border, all report extensive delays, cost over-runs and concerns about accomplishing their mission of increasing security.
Below is a video from the local news station examining the problems in
Illinois that cites:
How IBM was replaced by Johnson Controls after multiple years and tens of millions in payment
How multiple municipalities have opted out of the program making it less useful for first responders as gaps in coverage will exist
In a live demonstration of the system, how distorted video from low bandwidth connections undermine the usability of the system.
moderate success stories in public surveillance exist, it is likely that the issues for the larger systems are not accidental.
The rush to scale massive surveillance systems using still developing technologies such as mesh wireless, video analytics and PSIM significantly increase the risk of major cost over-runs and problems.
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