One of the “cutting edge” wireless video surveillance cameras on East Broadway
A “cutting edge” wireless video surveillance network, capable of recognising faces and tracking cars by their licence plates, has been installed on a trial basis for the Bermuda Police Service.
Two US companies, Quantenna Communications and Smartrove, have hailed the system as a one of the world’s best, and a solution to special challenges posed by the Bermuda environment.
The police surveillance cameras, installed by local firm GET Security, are not the only manifestations of wireless security that have begun to appear over Bermuda’s roads in recent months.
A Wi-Fi network, installed for the City of Hamilton by the IT firm Decisions Limited, has been quietly put in place around the city for improved camera security. The system may be used in concert with police cameras, although the two are not yet sharing networks.
The Royal Gazette also understands that Bermuda Police Service’s system is of a similar make to a Wi-Fi security network currently under evaluation by the US Department of Homeland Security in San Diego, California.
Charged since September 11, 2001 with preventing terrorist attacks on the US, Homeland Security has invested billions in surveillance technology.
Bermuda’s gradual deployment of cameras and attendant Wi-Fi equipment has been described in the past as “proactive policing”, and a response to the Island’s rising levels of violent, gang-related crime.
Quantenna’s 802.11n MIMO wireless chips have been installed in Smartrove’s Wi-Fi systems in a network which Smartrove President Vencat Kalkunte said now spans Bermuda from Police Headquarters at Prospect to Somerset Police Station.
Police offered limited comment for this article, and City of Hamilton secretary Ed Benevides said that as long as Hamilton’s own network was being used only for security purposes, “we continue to want to keep this low key so that it does not become the target of attack by those persons not wanting to be under surveillance”.
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