Republican National Convention has CCTV Security
Posted on 24th Aug 2012 @ 11:48 AM
As the Republican National Convention gets closer and closer in Florida, securing the area has become a predominant issue for many people. With the number of delegates, senators, and other high-ranking government officials that will soon be flooding the area, it is important that everyone in the area knows that they are safe and secure. That is where CCTV security surveillance technology comes in. Security teams have been working day and night to install CCTV security surveillance cameras in the area so that not a single moment of activity will go unseen.
Several cameras are being installed, so if you are going to be anywhere in the downtown Tampa, Florida, area within the next two weeks, everything you do is going to be recorded on camera. By the time the project is over, there will be dozens of cameras in place. They are in place to make sure that any suspicious activity in the area at the time of the Republican National Convention is captured on film and crime is prevented as much as possible. The priority is safety for the senators and the delegates who will be flooding the area for the following week.
The city of Tampa has spent over $2 million on this surveillance project. The cameras are top-of-the-line, designed not only to monitor activity, but also to utilize new behavior recognition software to study people and their actions.
“The video analyzes the movement with this specialized computer software and it gives them alarms when certain activities occur as body movement and body language,” says Michael Peros, Owner of Bugged.com, an online surveillance and counter-surveillance company based out of Pinellas Park, Florida.
Peros has an extensive background of high-end video surveillance and has worked on many projects of national security.
“It’s definitely going to make a safer place for us,” he said.
The maker of the software, BRS Labs shows how the technology works on its web site. In one video, the program spots a man walking in the street carrying a weapon, alerting authorities.
At first the city did not release the location of the cameras, but they’re not exactly hidden from view.
A Tampa web developer took it upon himself to map out the cameras.
“I spent the time to track them because I knew I could efficiently tell other people about them,” Jon Gales said.
Gales lives and works in Tampa and said he sees the cameras everyday. He says he made a web app pointing to all the cameras for the people who are concerned about the notion of big brother watching your every move.
The city hasn’t said what it’s doing with the cameras after the convention.
TPD is OK with Gales’ app and hopes that it actually encourages protestors to behave if they know they’re being watched.
The technology is by no means perfect. Peros says the software is programmed to recognize body language of a westerner, but if the threat comes from another culture, it may not be as reliable.