17,000 Cameras in Korea Wasted?

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 08, 2013

A Korean newspaper bemoans the waste of money spent on 17,000 surveillance cameras. The cause? "97 percent [of cameras] are unable to distinguish the faces of people or license plates of cars entering the grounds." While this may sound bad, the rationale used and specifics claimed misunderstands key surveillance technologies.

Let's first review the claims / asssumptions the newspaper makes:

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