Thursday, February 4, 2010

Raytec Raymax Infrared CCTV Guards 2010 Olympic Venues, Streets at Night

Raytec Raymax infra-red CCTV cameras are standing guard tonight over 2010 Olympic venues and public streets in Vancouver and Whistler:

This is a wonderful technology with a variety of implications.

Property and assets are protected from criminals who might otherwise operate under cover of dark. That's good:
Infrared Camera Catches Burglary Suspect
Camera operators will abuse the system and post internet videos of regular people doing things in the dark while they think they have privacy. That's bad:
"It appears to be fornication in a convertible."
Large installations can maintain fence-line security at night without bathing their perimeter in light, sparing nuisance to neighbors while saving energy. That's good:
Prison Perimeter Light Pollution - Springfield, VT
The government unchecked could create a 24-hour Orwellian surveillance society where four million cameras are watching the population - one for every 14 people. That's bad:
Now a reality in Britain
Stay tuned for more. It's great that here in Canada we are free to debate issues like this.


Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

Yes it could be interesting to see what might happen when the "Anti-Poverty Committee" have there historic march from the Art Gallery to BC Place Stadium with a declared intent on ruining the torch relay and opening ceremonies - there call to arms on the News last night certainly will now alert the authorities to be even more prepared to do battle.
I am already feeling sorry for the many families who are going to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to share a unique moment in there families growth ruined by people with little respect for the rights of others, little respect for the rule of law, etc, etc, etc.

bulletproofcourier said...

I missed the news report. Sounds like some bad apples. Hopefully they'll be outnumbered by peaceful demonstrators.

Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

Here's a link to the CTV story - look for the Peter Grainger story on Olympic resistance - about one minute in is where the inflammatory remarks are

Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

Some more on the story here:


bulletproofcourier said...

Thanks... are you covering this in your blog? You obviously feel strongly about it so you should ;)

Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

No not at present - as a Olympic Games volunteer who is also privy to some not quite public knowledge on certain aspects of the Games - it is part of our training - I am not doing a lot of posting to my blog about what I think of certain things pertaining to the Games - all volunteers sign a confidentially agreement and we are asked to be careful what we blog.

I am proud of this City which I was born - proud of its great reputation as a diverse melting pot of cultures.

Like all big cities it has it's challenges

Are your posters aware that there are about 10,000 people in total living in the Downtown Eastside - that there are over 120 organizations registered as providing services in the area and that they are spending over $1Million a DAY providing those services - that is $1Billion every three years so to say that nothing is being done is very bogus.

Here's a link to some more of what these people are planning - scroll down to Post # 17

There are many other groups trying to make people aware of the challenges faced in that area - the current Poverty torch relay is one example - the special editions of the street newspapers going on sale is another.

Enough said - time for a bike ride

bulletproofcourier said...

Yes, enough said, we are far afield of the topic of this post!

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