Wednesday August 24, 2016

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above

How long will it be before the entire country is under constant surveillance? While we are asking questions, how much would something like that cost taxpayers? How many crooks do they actually catch with it? Who has access to the data? How long do they keep the collected data?

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The system was built around an assembly of four to six commercially available industrial imaging cameras, synchronized and positioned at different angles, then attached to the bottom of a plane. As the plane flew, computers stabilized the images from the cameras, stitched them together and transmitted them to the ground at a rate of one per second. This produced a searchable, constantly updating photographic map that was stored on hard drives. His elevator pitch was irresistible: "Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability."