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New York police department is working on setting up license plate readers and cameras throughout Lower Manhattan

New York will soon follow in the footsteps of London’s “ring of steel” by implementing its own Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, reported CNET.  The security initiative will have more than 100 cameras that will monitor cars through Lower Manhattan. 

London's ring of steel entails a network of cameras and roadblocks that are designed to track and deter terrorists.  The images captured by officials have aided in the tracking of suspects of previous threats.

New York's police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, stated last week that department has obtained $25 million toward the project, yet the estimated cost of the plan reaches a hefty $90 million.  Roughly $15 million came from Homeland Security grants and another $10 million came from the city.  At this point, Kelly states that there are enough funds to install roughly 116 license plate readers in fixed and mobile locations over the next few months.

"This area is very critical to the economic lifeblood of this nation," said Kelly in an interview last week with CNET. "We want to make it less vulnerable."

If fully financed, the project will include license plate readers and 3,000 public and private cameras below Canal Street.  There will also be a center staffed by police and private security officers, and roadblocks.

As of now, the license plate readers have been ordered, and the program is still waiting on more funding, hopefully from federal grants.  The entire operation is expected to be in place and running by 2010.



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By vladio on 7/10/2007 12:25:09 PM , Rating: 2
The New York Police Department has this week revealed that it is to introduce a new security surveillance system throughout the area of lower Manhattan in order better track criminals and terrorists throughout the city's financial district. More specifically, the NYPD has announced that some 3,000 public and private security cameras will be gradually brought online throughout the wide-ranging system, with 116 car license plate readers also due to be introduced before the close of 2007. Outside the United States, the UK has approximately 4 million surveillance cameras, with the city of London laying claim to 200,000 of that total figure. The linked web of cameras in the English capital, and also across the country, most recently contributed to the tracking and arrests of multiple terror suspects in the unsuccessful July 07 terror attacks on central London and at Glasgow airport -- http://tech.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_13... -- More surveillance cameras, tuffer security, more money to Pentagon, more solders in Iraq and Afghanistan ... but overall safety of our lives is going downnnnnnnnn... If somebody doing something very wrong way, but twise as hard, will it ever be better?!




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