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250,000 video monitors protect Wuhan

01-05-2012 09:09 BJT

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At the touch of a button, in the Wuhan’s Public Security Bureau can see almost everything happening in public places in the city. The system, called "Wisdom Eyes", is designed to help them safeguard people’s safety. But according to the Wuhan Police, there’s no need to worry about privacy being violated in the process.

The touch screens at the control center in the Wuhan Public Security Bureau look like giant smart phones. On the electronic map, each sensor is referred to as an eye. Touch any eye, and you can get immediate access to a live video feed of that location. However, if the eye is marked "closed”, that means there’s some problem with the detector.

Road junction video cameras at the entrances to the city automatically keep track of the make and license numbers of all passing vehicles. The police can also direct the cameras themselves, zooming in and out, and surveying the scene in its entirety.

According to Wang Wei, deputy director in charge of the program, the system has 7 types of monitoring devices, most of which are high definition models. 250,000 cameras are spread all over Wuhan City. Within a 1-kilometer area over 500 monitors have been installed in the interests of public safety. Many people think it makes their lives safer, but they are also worried about the infringement on their freedom and privacy.

At the touch of a button, in the Wuhan’s Public Security
Bureau can see almost everything happening in public
places in the city. The system, called "Wisdom Eyes",
is designed to help them safeguard people’s safety.
But according to the Wuhan Police, there’s no need
to worry about privacy being violated in the process.

A Wuhan resident said, "I think there are both advantages and disadvantages. The system can protect us, but at the same time it might infringe some people’s privacy. However, I guess for most Wuhan citizens, their normal life will not be affected. "

Another Wuhan resident said, "I worry about revealing my privacy to some degree. After all, there are lots of videos that get on the Internet. I’m afraid my privacy will be affected."

Wuhan Police said that advanced technology and strict management will guarantee that people’s privacy will not be revealed.

Xu Runan, Director of Information & Communication of Wuhan Public Security Bureau, said,"I don’t think it’s necessary to worry about revealing privacy. At the beginning of the planning for the implementation of the system, protecting people’s privacy was seriously taken into account. First of all, we only set up detectors in public places. Second, the networking of the system is through an independent public security network. It’s completely separate from the Internet."

Xu emphasized that other public departments can only share the video from detectors directly related to their department’s mandate, and even then only once someone registers for a public security digital certificate. All people who want to see any video feeds must have a public security digital certificate, which needs to be approved through their ID card. Once it’s approved, the person is responsible for their certificate for as long as they live. If a video is then circulated privately, that person will bear legal liability.

According to Wuhan Police, the system recently played a major role in resolving a bombing case in the city. And since last year, the system has helped Wuhan Police in over 500 criminal cases.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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