disturbed | 28.06.2007 23:27
RINF Alternative News
A new CCTV system developed by ‘Agent Vi’ is being installed in some of the UK’s busiest stations, including Clapham Junction and Paddington Station.
The system uses advanced hi-tech monitoring technology to judge behaviour and it is expected that twenty percent all CCTV cameras in the UK will be connected to the system within the next three years.
The technology has been on trial at Liverpool Street station since 2003.
One of the main excuses being given for the use of these cameras is their promise to act as a deterrent against terrorism and to reduce vandalism, by detecting usual behaviour. The technology known as “Video Analytics” will also recognize how a train should look and then react by notifying authorities if the appearance changes.
Again, we see the threat of terrorism being used to advance a Big Brother state.
New York and Rome are also using similar systems, although they have proved less effective during rush hour, diminishing their initial purpose.
Agent Vi have already installed 20 systems in stations across Israel and Transport for London are considering installing more systems, while the overall number of CCTV cameras on the London Underground is expected to reach 12,000 by 2010.