NYC CCTV scouting

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On a recent trip to New York City, [sherri] noticed the abundant “NYPD Security Camera” signage. She Ò on her little sousveillance tour and did some digging to learn more about the system. According to a recent NY Post article, the city intends to have 2,000 cameras installed by 2009. Each unit has at least two cameras, an onboard DVR, battery backup, a webserver, and wireless connection. The CrimeEye product line is manufactured by Total Recall—the people who brought you BABYWATCH. While the company site doesn’t list any specs, we found a price list that was provided to New York State. Each unit lists for $28-39K. They can have image sensors up to 2 megapixels, hold 30fps video for 5-15days, and transmit wirelessly on the 4.9GHz public safety band.

[sherri] wonders what systems are in place to guarantee the security of the camera network and to make sure the data is handled properly. We’ve seen bad implementations of cameras with webservers
in the past. She suggests a third-party system to verify security, operation, and storage. Right now there’s no reason the government won’t use footage for invasive data mining. As a publicly funded system monitoring public areas, we see no reason why the video streams from these devices shouldn’t be widely available.

[Thanks Tendency]

Comments

  1. anon says:

    So, jam the wireless frequency so it can’t call for help, then cut the power, then loot the pieces.

  2. Plague420 says:

    Jam it? Looks to me like the WiFi antenna wire is exposed lol

    • J.M.M. says:

      I wish that’s all that was necessary but with a battery backup I don’t think a signal jammer would be enough to stop its operation. This is messed up. Since they’re high up it makes them difficult to have destroyed.

  3. woodsy lord says:

    I live in NYC, up in Harlem and have seen these every so often at corners, however I feel they may be vulnerable to a much dumber attack if that was some malicious person’s intent. The buildings nearby are usually inhabited and taller than the camera box structure itself leaving me to think that a cinder block on a rope may do more permanent untraceable damage than the city is aware; (Don’t try that at home) not helpful at all, but a security risk none-the-less.

  4. roosta says:

    someone please please PLEASE find a google code to view these….

  5. bountyx says:

    let me know when they have the ministry of love, oh wait, wtf…damn

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    please please please

    video of the cider block/rope hack when it happens.

    High tech defeated by low tech is some guuuuud wachin’

  7. Roger says:

    what? the nypd are giving these away for the minor inconvenience of shinning up a pole?

    must be some sort of drive to increase tourism…

  8. dan says:

    $28-39k? I need to start making these!

  9. j y says:

    @woodsy lord

    Cinder block on a rope. DoS attack, old school. Or, for less permanent damage, a can of paint on a rope (make sure you are not parked anywhere nearby first)

  10. KansasGirl says:

    Time for a paint gun.

  11. Guybrush says:

    I wonder how good they are agains the trick we do on the gatso speed camera’s

    old car tire over the unit and fill it with some petrol and light it :)

    on the otherhand you might want the internals to play with, it doesnt seem mounted on something strong so you can always pull it down using a truck :)

  12. Doug says:

    IMO it doesn’t add up. Perhaps these well marked units are decoys and, other units are well hidden? Will any surveillance be used to protect use from prostitutes and, drug users. While the terrorist in our mist goes unnoticed?

  13. Elbarfo says:

    The cameras that are shown in that photo are Pelco Spectra Domes. If they are using megapixel sensors then they would look substantially different from those. Pelco doesn’t make a megapixel model (that I’m aware of). Still, pretty decent cameras. Nice low light range and can zoom in on your teeth from an 1/8th mile away.

    If they are using the heavy duty polycarbonate domes then I doubt a cinder block would do more than scratch it. They’re a lot stronger than you think.

  14. Andrew says:

    If you really want to damage these things, just get a infrared laser and shine it in each camera for a couple min each. It will fry the ccd sensor.

  15. icefox says:

    Wait a sec, did they ever get that tracking program to work? There is a system that’s supposed to not only identify people by their faces, but keep a record of where they go and where they’ve been, and keep focus on targets of interest. This seems like overkill though, because the testing I heard of was in England with much more modest systems.

    Big brother is watching, and it costs $28-39k per unit.

  16. Daniel says:

    As a Novice, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  17. mike says:

    Anyone know if these video feeds can be intercepted? It would be kinda neat if you live near one of these to use it yourself…

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