CCTV can be bandwidth-intensive and typically faces funding challenges

10 September 2015
Report type: Implementation Guide
Author(s): Alex Chau - Research Director, Head of Asia
Keywords: IoT, internet of things, internet, things, M2M, machine-to-machine, smart, cities, CCTV, security, Drancy, Mexico, Rio, Chicago
Number of Pages: 23

Surveillance using closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras is used to monitor public spaces such as high streets where banks and retailers are located, airports, public buildings, town squares, and any areas associated with high crime rates. This type of video surveillance is common in large cities around the world. CCTV is also used for traffic monitoring purposes and in public transport vehicles and stations. In some places where extensive CCTV networks have been deployed, there is ongoing debate around the issue of data privacy and citizens’ right to privacy in public spaces. Connected CCTV is becoming more common; however, monitoring an entire CCTV network in real time is costly, and the benefits do not necessarily outweigh the costs. For this reason, although the systems deployed provide the capability to support real-time surveillance, in most markets this only becomes operational either for specific projects – such as a potential high-alert security situation – or in areas with particularly high crime rates.

This Implementation Guide provides guidance to city managers on how they should best deploy smart CCTV. It examines the business case for their deployment and provides four case studies: Drancy, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and Chicago.

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