CCTV in an average Town Centre-continued
If a multiplexed display of 4 or more images is transmitted, individual picture selection could be achieved by officers, using reverse remote control.
The cost of this would probably equate to no more than a few thousand pounds ($ or Euros 5-7000).
Why indeed stop at patrolling vehicles?
With the current advances in mobile phone (cellphone) technology, sending an image of a target to an officer patrolling on foot, would be a piece of ..... Positive Imaging of a Sought Subject!
From Control Room to mobile phone, literally in a matter of seconds.
If we look at the logical development of this type of approach, very low power short range transmission, could provide a ready means of visual verification, when faced with responding to an alarm activation.
As has already been suggested, pictures from the premises internal CCTV system could be enabled to simply beam images directly to a patrolling vehicle, with set up costs limited in theory to perhaps less than a thousand pounds per site.
This concept of Open Circuit Restricted Access (OCRA) surveillance, will undoubtedly become more acceptable over the next few years.
There are of course various additional operational enhancements that could easily be considered, but then we wouldnt want to be accused of rushing headlong into an Orwellian scenario,would we?
In the case of existing camera installations, there are a number of very subtle additional improvements, that can be applied at minimal cost, to achieve greater operational efficiency.
For example, Sector Surveillance as a technique, is relatively simple to incorporate into an existing Closed Circuit TV control room.
In the frenzied search for a known target, groups of camera images can be brought up togethor on screen, to provide an instant overview of a wider area, rather than just randomly selecting individual camera locations. In the search for a suspect or missing child, valuable seconds could easily be saved by simply eliminating block locations which could otherwise provide an unnecessary distraction for the control room operators.
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