Should you find yourself in terminal "B" at the Newark New Jersey airport, look up. Those aren't just new lights. They're SMART SURVEILLANCE LIGHTS -- a sophisticated array of LED fixtures with built-in sensors and cameras connected over a wireless network. They monitor security and the flow of foot traffic.
There's that magic buzz word being touted by private companies & our govt. 'SECURITY'!
We have to spy on everything you do for your SAFETY, this is utter nonsense and complete B.S.
In March of 2014 I reported on how Big Brother is using streetlamps to spy on you.
"Newark's primarily interested in energy saving," said Hugh Martin, president of Sensity, the Silicon Valley company that developed the smart lights at Newark and also a parking garage in San Jose.
"This week we saved $3,500 -- over $182,000 a year, in energy saved just from this," Martin said.
Saving money isn't the only reason the bulbs are in the spotlight.
"There's a motion sensor in each individual light," he said.
Across the globe, cities are phasing out old, energy-wasting incandescent and sodium bulbs and replacing them with LEDs, which can act as a power hub that can be tailored for high-tech surveillance add-ons.
Authorities in New York City announced last year that they would be replacing the city’s 250,000 street lights with new LEDs by 2017, although it is not known how many of these will feature “smart” technology.
In 2013 Spying street lights that record video & audio were installed at the Mercedes Superdome & in Vegas.
There are about 4 billion outside lights in the world today. Imagine all of those lights connected in one global spying network!
A building in Silicon Valley is one of the few places in the country where a smart light network has been installed. They're used primarily for security. The 40 lampposts in the parking lot holds 83 LED lights, and they're connected to seven cameras in a seamless grid that tracks and records people's moves.
"We do use the license plate recognition, and we also can detect people," said Kevin Kirk, chief engineer for the Shorenstein Company, which owns the building.
The company plans to install smart lights at its properties across the country.
"Everything goes up into the cloud, so we can access everything from anywhere. The future is limitless for this technology," Kirk said.
Martin said there is no end to the kind of information you could gather.
And therein lies a problem. In the future, the smart network could track everyplace we go, everything we buy, everything we do, all the time.
"Wouldn't at least the parents of kids at a school feel better if they knew there was an analytic that looked for objects that could be guns on people that are coming into the school? Wouldn't that be a good thing," Martin said.
"We're all both benefiting and at risk from this," said Dr. Linton Wells, who is with the National Defense University in Washington.
Exactly how do "we" benefit from being spied on? Unless you're referring to the DHS surveillance grants that police are benefiting from or private corporations that are profiting by selling spyware?
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"NetSense is ideal for both parking lots and parking garages. Enhance safety with long-lasting, always-on LEDs that cast light into the darkest reaches of a parking area and that can be controlled to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians. Using motion sensors in conjunction with video and license plate recognition software, NetSense can improve parking efficiency by alerting drivers or parking operators to the location of empty parking spaces; directing drivers to available parking; counting vehicles and tracking their movement; enforcing permit parking regulations; automating payment of parking fees; setting optimal parking policies; and helping with the overall flow of parking operations."
"Adding surveillance cameras to NetSense is a way to create networked security systems that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive. Analytics enabled at the network edge (i.e., as part of the devices installed on the same poles as the LED luminaires) or as part of a local-area network provide security staff with real-time situational awareness, delivering the right information at the right time regarding suspicious or threatening activities. These networked systems can provide real-time alerts about unauthorized activity or movement in a parking garage, at a facility perimeter, in a crowded transport station or sporting event, or at entry/exit points. Integration of security cameras with lights can be set to trigger specific actions—such as strobing the lights or sending alerts to security or police officers—to prevent or respond to security incidents."
"By embedding networking technology and sensors within LED luminaires themselves, Sensity uses energy-efficient LED lighting as the foundation for its turnkey NetSense platform, the first Light Sensory Network implementation. By working closely with developers of software applications and services that run on the NetSense platform, Sensity enables facility and municipal lighting owners to link energy efficiency and cost savings to the improvement of business goals as diverse as public safety, parking control, asset management, and retail analytics."
For more info. go to the Sensity Systems website.
Another company that uses streetlights to spy on us is called Illuminating Concepts.
Their press release section details a disturbing list of numerous cities & venues that are using streetlights to spy on us.
They also have an innovation section that shows the many different designs used to hide their surveillance software in streetlights & fixtures.
Their 'procurement' section shows casinos & nightclubs that use their spying lamps, no word on if they've installed hidden microphones.
The ‘smart’ street lights can also act as surveillance cameras, make loudspeaker security announcements (See Something, Say Something), as well as track “RFID equipped staff,” which could be any of us given the increasing amount of clothing and products which are RFID tagged.
The Intellistreets system comprises of a wireless digital infrastructure that allows street lights to be controlled remotely by means of a ubiquitous wi-fi link and a miniature computer housed inside each street light, allowing for “security, energy management, data harvesting and digital media,” according to the Illuminating Concepts website.
According to the company’s You Tube video of the concept, the primary capabilities of the devices include “energy conservation, homeland security, public safety, traffic control, advertising, video surveillance.”
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