Texas: McAllen Heading for Wireless City-Wide Surveillance

The video is aimed primarily at identifying crime suspects, finding evidence and corroborating crime victims’ claims.
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The border city of McAllen, Texas, is picking a vendor to supply 101 cameras for surveillance downtown, in parks and other areas.

According to a May 27 story in The Monitor, the city approved a $335,000 contract for a wireless Internet network, and has received 21 bids for the cameras themselves.

According to the paper, the video from the cameras will be stored—not constantly monitored by police—and is aimed primarily at identifying crime suspects, finding evidence and corroborating crime victims’ claims.

The paper said code enforcement and traffic operations could also use the system and it might be available to the general public at some point.

McAllen, on the Rio Grande, had a population of about 106,000 in 2000, according to the Census.

The Monitor has much more here.

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