Pupils flushed with success - Having just published his annual report, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes revealed that CCTV concerns continue to contribute towards a significant number of complaints. In one secondary school, the pupils actually walked out after surveillance cameras were installed in the pupils toilets. The Commissioner subsequently ordered their removal, citing a breach of the Data Protection Act. - Source - Irish Times 31st May 2011
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Seeing the future of imaging - In order to speed the future development of computer vision applications, over fifteen leading technology companies have formed a consortium known as the Embedded Vision Alliance, which it's hoped will assist engineers through exchanging information and developing future standards. - Source - PR Newswire 31st May 2011
Cameras concentrate on the core of the Apple - As Lower Manhattan presses ahead with it's ambitious plans to install over $ 200m worth of video surveillance cameras, it's been revealed that in the first four months of this year, almost half of the publicly released NYPD crime reports involved CCTV footage. - Source - AM New York 30th May 2011
Driving motorists to distraction - Camden Council in London is breaking records with a single CCTV traffic enforcement camera monitoring part of what has been described as 'Britains most baffling road'. So far, over 41,000 drivers have been caught out by Grafton Road's confusing array of nine different vehicle restriction signs, resulting in a total of £ 5m ( US 7.8m, € 5.5m ) in fines having been collected over the last few years. - Source - Mail Online 29th May 2011
Give it a rest! - The CCTV Control Room in Carlisle, Cumbria has been left unmanned on numerous occasions recently despite being required to operate around the clock. Problems surfaced after four out of seven part time operators were suspended due to alleged irregularities with clocking on procedures. The current shortage of staff may be the shape of things to come, with a reduction in operations likely in the face of imminent financial cutbacks. - Source - News & Star 27th May 2011
Let he who casts the first stone - A 38 year old bus driver in New Mexico has been suspended from driving duties after an altercation with a would be passenger. Whilst the vehicles on board surveillance system captured the action as a fight developed, the passenger has since admitted trying to stone the bus and racialy taunting the driver. - Source - 4KOB.com 23rd May 2011
Come out come out, wherever they are - Sussex Police are awaiting the outcome of an appeal, after the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary were earlier ordered to reveal the location of their ANPR cameras. The ruling by the Information Rights Tribunal would if upheld require all UK police forces to divulge the precise location of cameras which collectively scan millions of vehicle number plates every day. - Source - The Argus 20th May 2011
The one that didn't get away - A 21 year old man slightly the worse for drink decided he fancied fish for dinner, but unfortunately overlooked the simple concept of paying for it. After sneaking in to a refrigerator at Scarborough market, he relieved the store of a monkfish and a cod, in full view of the wholesalers CCTV camera. Police later visited his home and having recovered the fish, he eventually appeared in court, and courtesy of his 17 previous convictions ended up with a total of £ 170 ( US$ 260, € 190 ) in court costs and fines. - Source - Scarborough Evening News 20th May 2011
A nose for a bargain - A liquor store owner in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania quite correctly refused to sell any alcohol to a woman shopper that failed to provide proper identification. Somewhat ironically, police are now trying to establish her identity after reviewing her shopping habits captured by the stores CCTV. It would appear that having carefully selected bottles of her favourite Zinfandel and Merlot wines, she then drank the contents before carefully replacing the emptied bottles back on the shelf. - Source - WNEP16 17th May 2011
A number of plates automatically recorded - Selected schools in San Antonio are installing CCTV cameras in their canteens, as part of a research project funded by a $ 2m grant from the US Department of Agriculture. In an effort to help develop a strategy to combat the problems of childhood obesity, the video systems will capture details of what foods are currently being chosen by school kids, which will hopefully assist in planning more healthy diets for the future - Source - TG Daily 17th May 2011
They're watching ewe - In the face of what has been described as "... a storm of farm thefts over Scotland ..." landowners are increasingly turning to sophisticated security technology to help stem the tide. One farmer who has lost thousands of pounds worth of livestock in recent years, is resorting to the installation of CCTV to help reduce the risk of sheep rustling. - Source - Daily Record 16th May 2011