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"We proved-out that the technology works phenomenally well. The technology is great." This effusive praise by an LP executive who oversaw a several-store test...
One benefit of implementing the new surveillance system was how it eliminated “blind spots” within stores, such as inside a walk-in beer cooler, which made it easy to prevent theft and catch thieves, according to Harrison.
When, in 2003, novelist William Gibson was famously quoted in The Economist as saying, "The future is already here—it's just not evenly distributed," he could easily have had the uneven development of CCTV surveillance in his crosshairs.
Visual information is no longer the only — and perhaps not even the primary — component of a video surveillance system. Images are still valuable, but it is the data inherent within them that provides for new applications and value. A camera is now a computer with a lens. Video once provided LP with extra eyes. Now it also offers brains.
There may be no better symbol of the nation’s modern, high-tech military as its fleet of predator drones. So it surely caused a few red faces at the Pentagon when it was discovered that insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq had used $26 software to intercept live video feeds from the unmanned planes.