Persistent Surveillance Systems’ Pre-Crime Aerial Panopticon Watches City-Wide Area, Tracking Everyone

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“I want them to be worried that we’re watching. I want them to be worried that they never know when we’re overhead.” – Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl

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02/05/2014

Craig Timberg/WashingtonPost:

From 10,000 feet up, tracking an entire city at one glance: Ohio-based Persistent Surveillance Systems is trying to convince cities across the country that its surveillance technology can help reduce crime. Its new generation of camera technology is far more powerful than the police cameras to which America has grown accustomed. But these newer cameras have sparked some privacy concerns.

As Americans have grown increasingly comfortable with traditional surveillance cameras, a new, far more powerful generation is being quietly deployed that can track every vehicle and person across an area the size of a small city, for several hours at a time. Although these cameras can’t read license plates or see faces, they provide such a wealth of…

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