Jul 022014
 July 2, 2014  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

CBS News reports:

While more people and places are switching to energy-saving LED light bulbs, a California company has found a way to turn them into smart networks that can collect and feed data. However, the new technological opportunities are also raising privacy concerns, reports CBS News’ Bill Whitaker.


A building in Silicon Valley is one of the few places in the country where a smart light network has been installed. They’re used primarily for security. The 40 lampposts in the parking lot holds 83 LED lights, and they’re connected to seven cameras in a seamless grid that tracks and records people’s moves.

“We do use the license plate recognition, and we also can detect people,” said Kevin Kirk, chief engineer for the Shorenstein Company, which owns the building.

The company plans to install smart lights at its properties across the country.

Read more on CBS.

Joe Cadillic, a frequent contributor to this blog, reminds us that he has been blogging about streetlamp surveillance since last year:

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