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I am surprised it is not already
in this category.
Just this morning I read that about half of
all the surveillance cameras here in
Amsterdam are not manned. This was
by someone arguing these cameras give
false sense of security. People feel safe,
but when something
nobody is watching. With some luck it is
Now, hook up the unmanned surveillance
cameras to the local cable-tv network.
People at home who want some
but are too tired to take the risk of being
bombarded with commercials when
watching ordinary television, can do their
civic duty and virtually 'walk around
with just a remote control in their hand.
sure beats looking out of the window.
When they see something suspicious they
call a free number and enter the number
of the camera in a phone menu. A
professional then watches the image and
sends some cops over if he agrees
something bad can be prevented.
[Apr 12, title changed using po's
suggestion, instead of 'surveillance
cameras on cable']
baked in Shoreditch?
Apparently baked in Shoreditch in the UK according to El Reg [rrr, Jan 09 2006]
||neighbourhood watch couch potatoes
||Curtain-twitchers go global!
||+ for the idea ... I can imagine that some people (in my street) will be glued.
||If there was a financial reward as incentive, this would probably be a pretty popular show with certain persons.
||Wouldn't they have to have someone watching them anyway for censorship? You know what peeps are like once they know there's a live TV camera somewhere they recognise.
||I feel another reality tv show coming on...
||What dooper said. The crime cameras here have to be monitored by two officials at a time so that one won't be tempted to zoom in on people/things that take their fancy. If one doesn't turn up for their shift, the other is not allowed to watch.
||//If there was a financial reward as incentive...// I don't think this would need an incentive. Instead the system could be financed with banners that show ads from businesses in the neighborhood. - "Monitoring just one channel? Joe's now has 6 screens in the bar." - "Saw your husband cheating? We make the most of your divorce! Call ......."
||Let the viewers control the camera also.
They dial a 0900
number and use the 2 and 8 for
panning up and down, the 4 and 6 left-
right. 1 for zooming in, 3 for zooming
out. If more people try to control the
same camera simultaneously, an
average of all the commands is used.
With 2 and 8 pushed, nothing happens,
with 2 pushing the 2 and 1 the 8, the
camera pans up. And so on.