so i’ve told you there are a million cameras in London monitoring the streets, i heard yesterday that in downtown Chicago if you’re driving and your lost and you circle the block 3 times, you automatically will be reported to “homeland security” as a suspicious vehicle. Now I read this about NY…
NYPD’S ‘Ring of Steel’ camera rolls, monitors license plates
BY ADAM LISBERG
DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU
Monday, October 1st 2007, 1:42 PM
Camera at corner of Church and Duane Sts. scans plates of downtown cars in test of city’s ‘Ring of Steel’ surveillance.
A high-tech camera in lower Manhattan has been secretly monitoring the license plates of passing cars periodically for more than six months in a test of the city’s planned “Ring of Steel” surveillance system, the Daily News has learned.
The camera scans the rear license plates of northbound traffic on Church St. from a light pole at the corner of Duane St., just blocks from Ground Zero and City Hall.
The images are sent wirelessly to a computer system that can automatically scan the plates and compare the numbers and letters against a database – so the NYPD can instantly know when a suspicious car or truck has passed that corner.