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Online, All the Time, an All-Seeing Surveillance System

IN the 2001 remake of the film “Ocean’s Eleven,” a band of thieves switches surveillance cameras pointed at a Las Vegas casino’s safe to a recorded image of a replica safe that they have built in a nearby warehouse. By the time casino officials discover that the safe they are monitoring is not the real one, the thieves are well on their way to making off with $150 million. Fooling security systems always seems to work in Hollywood. But in real life, it’s not so easy these days. Not only are surveillance cameras more common in this era of increased concern about security, but they are also much more sophisticated. Such systems no longer depend on a limited number of analog cameras with dedicated fiber optic wiring and banks of monitors connected to video recorders. Today, so-called network cameras use digital images, which can be easily stored and manipulated on a computer server and monitored from remote locations by using the Internet. Tiny cameras can be added to a security system, sometimes for temporary use, by simply hooking them up to a computer network. It is even possible to route video from analog cameras through servers that turn their images into digital pictures. Full Story

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