On 1 April, Baltimore officials officially approved that this city’s police can use surveillance drones. Equipped with hi-res cameras, these drones would reportedly be used to spy on the citizens. As probably expected, this caused quite a stir. And now, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore police over the use of this invasive surveillance program.
I remember when CCTV really became a big thing. For years, London had the most cameras of any city in the world. Now it appears that London has slipped behind, now sitting third behind Beijing and Chongqing in China. Although, these days, it’s not so much about how many cameras you have as it is about how many megapixels each of them has.
At the China International Industry Fair last week, scientists revealed a 500-megapixel cloud camera system, which they says is capable of capturing facial details of every individual in a crowd of tens of thousands of people.
Drones have been accused of spying more than once so far, and some of those accusations even grew international. In a recent case from Brentwood, Missouri, a woman got quite panicked about a drone spying on her in the middle of the night. She informed the entire neighborhood and the local TV station, saying that her surveillance camera caught the lights of the peeping drone. But to some people, it appears that the “drone lights” are nothing but – a spider web blowing in the wind.
It’s like something out of a sci-fi horror movie. Internet connected cameras following you, all by themselves, as you move around the room. Not only following you, though, but actually speaking to you. According to RTL, though, that’s exactly what happened to Netherlands based IP camera owner, Rilana Hamer.
She’d purchased the camera from local retailer Action, to be able to keep an eye on her puppy while away from the house. Quite a logical reason to get one, especially with how little such cameras cost today. One day, though, she got the fright of her life when it actually heard it whisper the words “Bonjour Madame”.
We’ve all seen all kinds of cameras and different ways of creating very artistic photos. But I have recently discovered one of the most interesting landscape series so far. Surveillance Landscapes is a series of photos by fine art photographer Marcus DeSieno. Landscapes taken by something that’s not really used for art – surveillance cameras.
His work brings the mood and spirit of Ansel Adams’ black and white landscapes, and it’s a series of masterfully done photos. But he takes these moody, monochrome images without leaving his desk or picking up his camera. Instead, he hacks into surveillance cameras, public webcams and CCTV feeds all over the world.
Marcus was kind enough to share some details about his project with DIYP. And the idea and message of the series are as powerful as the photos themselves.
Earlier this year, we were quite surprised (to say the least) by the information that Dutch police were training eagles to take down drones. And what’s more, it seems that the weird approach against UAVs worked. But it appears eagles in Australia require no training to do it. Because they started seeing surveillance drones as their prey, a mining giant Gold Fields has lost nine drones!
This is one of those stories that seems to come with so much conflict. On the one hand, you’ve got a YouTuber who goes by the name of “YAOG” who now knows the truth. His wife is cheating on him. Some might argue that the truth was the most important thing. But, then, on the other hand, you can start to see why countries such as Sweden classify drones with cameras as “surveillance equipment”.
Seemingly unhappy in his marriage, YAOG had become increasingly suspicious of his wife. After receiving a phone call backing up his suspicions, and noticing she’d been leaving earlier for work than usual recently, he decided to follow her. He tried the usual way a couple of times, but was unsuccessful. He suspected she might’ve noticed him. So, he fired up the drone that could watch from a distance.
Eager to strengthen its market share in the growing industry, the Japanese giant has made an offer to buy all shares of Swedish network video surveillance leader, Axis. Should the deal go through, it will be Canon’s biggest purchase to date.
This move is a natural step forward after Canon purchased Milestone Systems, a company providing video management software in the network video surveillance business, in June 2014.
Canon is not the only well known camera manufacturer to enter the field of video surveillance, with several dominant brands also looking to diversify their income streams.