I have been asking myself about video cameras on street corners and highways for quite some time now. What is the program called the controls these city State and Federal traffic cameras? How much of the budget of our tax dollars are used to fund these types of programs? What types of information do the street cams collect; and who does that information go to? These are all great questions and I will address them individually below.
What is the program called the controls these City, State, and Federal traffic cameras?
This morning I called our State Senator Mark Udall’s office in Washington, DC, the Colorado Dept. of Transportation, the 311 city information line, the Dept of Public Works for the City and County of Denver (720) 913-1311, the Public Announcement Dept (303) 757-9361, the Administration at Police Department of Denver, and John White for the Police Department of Denver Media inquiries at (720) 663-8203. To say the least, got very little information.
How much of the budget of our tax dollars are used a fund these types of programs?
So far I was not able to get a dollar amount on the actual funds that are required to keep this program operational. The Police Department of Denver has directed me to contact the Budget Dept of Public Works for City and County of Denver at (720) 913-1311.
The more specific my questions were, the more fearful and vague the answers became. My main question was, are our local, state, and Federal governments trying to entrap Americans with the Real ID Program that has been issued and Beta tested in the State of Florida. The Real ID program was initially involved with certain aspects of the space shuttle. The technology does in fact exist, and is being used in airports throughout the US right now.
One of the companies that created this project, clearly shows the use of the program, how quickly the program can recognize a face walking in a crowd, as well as its interlinking between city, state, and Federal data on an individual in real time (see video below).
What types of information do the street cams collect; and who does that information go to?
Police officials in the city and county of Denver said that these traffic cams are used for public safety purposes. Some traffic cams are also used for high traffic intersections where a lot of accidents occur. Others are used in areas where people have been actively running red lights.
Any information recorded goes to the local city or state governments first. Then that information can be redirected out at a Federal level depending upon the information gathered.
There are three types of cameras that are located on either highways or streets within towns and cities. There are Photo Red light cameras in a high accident intersections. There are Public Works cameras that are handled by the Denver Department of Public Works for purposes of gaining traffic and weather conditions. There are also state highway cameras, ran by the State of Colorado. These cameras monitor public safety and general types of behavior as quoted from John White from Media Relations at the Denver Police Department.
From what John White told me, the Denver Police Department and the State of Colorado run independently of one another. Although I’m sure they are ran independently, it is the information sharing between the agencies of city, state, and the Federal government that make me beyond hesitant about these programs, their use, and their real purpose. Although that real purpose may not be clearly defined by any state, local, or Federal representative, if you watch this video below, you’ll see the real life application of this software that you can draw your own opinion from.
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