According to an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, the City of Knoxville is spending close to $9 million to help spy on manage congested intersections in the future.
Recently, a company called GRIDSMART (GS) donated smart "traffic-time spying collection devices" to allegedly help the city manage intersections.
We've seen corporations use this tactic before with license plate readers, breathalyzers, Stingray surveillance, police body cameras and Lidar guns.
In fact, the GEICO insurance company collaborated with Laser Technology to develop the LTI 20/20 laser gun so they could raise insurance premiums of speeders.
"The late Ed Utley, CEO of GEICO Insurance Company read an article in Popular Science Magazine featuring the LTI 20/20 and how it neutralized radar detectors. Utley was so passionate about defeating detector usage he tried to raise premiums on policy holders that admitted to using them.
This aggressive stance eventually failed a legal challenge so Mr. Utley contacted David Williams, the President and CEO of Laser Technology, to discuss how the two companies might work together. As a result, a grateful Ed Utley proclaimed, "LTI is doing God's work," lending the company enough money to turn the working demonstration lasers into a manned commercial production line from which the first "Marksman" was born."
A Google search for 'insurance companies donate money to police' returned 6.2 million hits! (click here, here & here to find out more about 'GEICO Guns.')
Corporations and Police Foundations donating smart technology, safety or spying equipment to police departments and cities always comes with a price, our privacy.
"At least with public contracts and spending, there's a facade of transparency and accountability," Ana Muniz said. "With private partnerships, with private technology, there's nothing."
A GS 'Technical Specification' document boasts about their ability to track vehicles and a GS 'Pedestrian Module' boasts about tracking pedestrians.
Where does spying on the public end?
"GRIDSMART is an established provider of cost effective systems for intersection control, data collection and situational awareness." As I mentioned in my April 14th., 'Police UAV' article when you hear police or corporations use "situational awareness" it's really a euphemism for surveillance.
Last year, I warned everyone that turning cities into 'smart cities' is really about 'government spying on an unimaginable scale'.
Selling our privacy to corporations, mean's law enforcement can ignore the Bill of Rights and use corporations to spy on the public without a warrant. (click here, here & here to find out more.)
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