back to article TfL signs £27.6m road CCTV deals

Transport for London has awarded Easynet and Serco contracts to upgrade its CCTV cameras monitoring roads. As part of a project to upgrade the transport authority's CCTV system, it has signed a £22.6m deal with Easynet to deliver data transmission, network integration and support services. It has also signed a separate £5m deal …

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Excellent!

Now it's digital and IP-based, it'll be much easier to give every single citizen access to this information- democratising surveillance, and letting the people police the police. Not to mention creating the potential for crowdsourced law-enforcement (not vigilantes as such, just things like letting amateurs write ANPR code to use the camera feeds to help police bus lanes when the council can't be arsed to do it or allowing them to capture video of suspected drug dealers to relay to the police).

Oh, wait... that's not going to happen, is it?

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Jezz little hitler aren't we?

amateurs write ANPR code to use the camera feeds , so that should a traffic jam occur, due to an accident, people can be fined for using a sense of intelligence.

"capture video of suspected drug dealers", then what?

why not get groups of kids broken up for doing nothing wrong, becuase, well they are all evil. Oh don't forget the homeless, what an annoyance they are, oh litter droppers, end of the world there.

No don't give it to every bloody jobsworth so they can sit there wanking over some teenage girl whislt bombarding the police with minor offences, so they get bogged down with crap, instead of dealing with the high level stuff.

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Wibbley Wobbley Timey Wimey ... Stuff.

"What this means is that we are using an analogue connection from BT..."

So it'll last about a week before it breaks then?

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Oh good! even less Police on the Streets

CCTV Camera's have been shown to do nothing to reduce crime or the effects on Crime.

But on the upside these can be used to clock your average journey time and issue tickets based on the assumption that if you get home too quickly you must have been speeding somewhere.

Just imagine the revenue rolling in....

Tough on........ Speeding.

Never mind the toerags kicking/stabing/mugging people. The camera's aren't for that...... there's no money in that.

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Something Must Be Done!!!

"Never mind the toerags kicking/stabing/mugging people. The camera's aren't for that...... there's no money in that."

Generally there is insufficient detail to be able to prosecute from CCTV in town centres - it's only there to direct plod towards the scrotes.

I live in a highly CCTV'd London borough and they use it to move along 'problem drinkers' and not much more. That and directing the traffic nazis towards someone who was merely thinkng of stopping to answer thier phone or drop off stuff at the local charity shop.

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Easynet? As owned by Murdoch?

So let's have every Sky subscriber given the option of a one-time discount off their bundle every time they use the Sky CCTV facility to get someone nicked. Leave the police to focus on the things the general public can't do (kill innocent bystanders and face no consequences, stuff like the Met do on a regular basis)

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of course there is

"Never mind the toerags kicking/stabing/mugging people. The camera's aren't for that...... there's no money in that."

of course they want to stop it. if someone gets stabbed theres the cost to the NHS and a dead citizen can pay more extortionate taxes now can they.

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Oh right.

Perhaps TfL should invest in a map of their collective arses as they are obviously unable to find it with both hands without one.

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Great...or not.

Just what the councils need, then they can read the number plate of bikes being parked without payment and issue fines...

Westminster Council's punitive tax on motorcyclists, and the protests against it, seem to have been ignored by the mainstream press... I suppose the cagers who are the editor's don't like motorcyclists much, too independently minded for their liking. .notobikeparkingtax.com

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Magic Blue Paint

Nah, it's to be able to see Boris' Magic Blue Paint (runs on PFM) more clearly.

(There is no real point in the MBP other than for Boris to have wet dreams over and to abandon cyclists in busy streets )

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CCTV

The police's interest in CCTV is crime solving, it does not matter if you are seriously assaulted or murdered provided they can identify the culprit because it then becomes a solved crime in the statistics. I am sure most people would prefer a few plod around on the streets and not being assaulted or murdered.

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Unemployment solved?

Pay them to watch CCTV

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The Future is coming

Easynet merged with Sky, forming SkyNet.

SkyNet is installing and upgrading monitoring systems.

Super.

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"The authority says this will cover its surveillance capabilities and help operators to manage the flow of traffic on London's road."

"Hey Jerzy, the traffic's flowing a bit too freely there. Put the lights on extended red."

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Serco...

FOAD - that is all.

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