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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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RE: Capabililities...
By VooDooAddict on 7/10/2007 6:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
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And use it for other purposes as they see fit.


What other purposes?

Better traffic flow monitoring?

Depending on the structure of the data this could give some very powerful numbers on traffic flow and work hours while still keeping anonymity for any use other then law enforcement.

If you are concerned that someone will get the data and do something nasty with it ... then you might want to stop using the internet all together. My concern with such a system is that I don't want it to become a automated validation system for licenses/fines/parking tickets. I feel that fines for such offenses are base on the fact that the system only catches people a small % of the time and the likely hood is that when someone is caught they have done the moving or parking violation numerous times. Otherwise people who otherwise never would have gotten tickets will be getting loads of tickets.

This will raise everyone's car insurance premiums even more ... even though the algorithms the insurance company used to raise rates for tickets were based off manual ticket writing.

... I could go on ...


RE: Capabililities...
By 91TTZ on 7/11/2007 12:37:39 PM , Rating: 2
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My concern with such a system is that I don't want it to become a automated validation system for licenses/fines/parking tickets.


Now why would the government ever do something like that? I mean it would be low risk and very easy to implement, and would also generate a ton of revenue pleasing the people that oversee the system, but...

Oh come on, you know that this is what it'll really be used for.


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