N.J. City Adding Red Spotlights to Surveillance Cameras

The use of the light is similar to London’s talking cameras and would let potential lawbreakers know they are under surveillance
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East Orange, N.J. is adding red—“light-based intervention system”—spotlights to the scores of surveillance cameras deployed throughout the city that would cast light on possible criminal activity as a “pre-crime” deterrent, according to police officials.

The use of the red spot light is similar to London’s talking cameras and would let potential lawbreakers know they are under surveillance and their activities are being recorded, says East Orange Police Chief William Robinson.

By May 2012, East Orange police plan to have the light system added to the city’s 62-camera surveillance system, which is remotely connected to a closed-circuit television system (CCTV), according to officials.

The surveillance camera video is fed to East Orange police headquarters where officers monitor the real-time feeds and can direct both the cameras and the light systems, according to Robinson.

The light systems are being acquired from the Cordero Group, a business that works with technology providers and police agencies to increase the effectiveness of existing systems, the company says.

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