Las Vegas Installs “Intellistreets” Light Fixtures Capable Of Video Recording

Mikael Thalen
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November 7th, 2013
Updated 11/08/2013 at 7:41 am

The Las Vegas Public Works Department has begun testing a newly installed street light system around City Hall with wide-ranging capabilities including audio and video recording.

According to the Michigan based “Illuminating Concepts,” the system’s main benefits include “energy management, security and entertainment.” The Las Vegas setup includes such features as emergency notification flashers, playable music and a sound announcement system, all controlled from an Ipad.

“Actually, there’s a server that’s housed by the company that’s providing this product and we’re communicating with just a wireless, wi-fi connection,” Neil Rohleder of the Public Works Department told My News 3.

The company’s lights, which also offer a “Homeland Security” feature, received major backlash in 2011 following reports of the system’s federally-funded roll out across the country. The feature allows for emergency government announcements which will likely include such slogans as “See Something, Say Something” as well as other irrationally fear-based messages already seen in Wal Mart’s DHS-run “telescreens.”

Local privacy advocate Daphne Lee has begun speaking out against the system, pointing to the ever-increasing surveillance dragnet cast over everyday innocent Americans.

“This technology, you know is taking us to a place where, you know, you’ll essentially be monitored from the moment you leave your home till the moment you get home,” said Lee.

The Public Works Department claims they have no plans to use the system’s surveillance cameras… for now, leading many to believe the plan is already well underway as city-wide implementation is discussed.

Right now our intention is not to have any cameras or recording devices…it’s just to provide output out there, not to get any feed or video feed coming back,” said Public Works Director, Jorge Servantes.

In light of the TrapWire system, a sophisticated program that uses advanced facial recognition software through regular CCTV surveillance cameras across the country, the likelihood of the city’s cameras being covertly used by the federal government, or with permission, remains a likely outcome.

Talking street lights have already been implemented in parts of Europe for a number of years. Apartment residents in North London were shocked to discover cameras ordering them to stay away from their communal garden, warning them that their photograph was being taken for entering a “restricted area.”

“At what point do we say this is the land of the free? People have a right to a reasonable amount of privacy,” Lee added.

As new NSA revelations widen the general public’s understanding of just how pervasive the surveillance state has become, the real question lies in whether or not the public will demand accountability as well as their privacy rights.

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Mikael is the lead features writer at Storyleak.com. His articles have been featured on sites such as the Drudge Report, Infowars and Natural News. During his time at Examiner.com, he was frequently ranked the number one political writer.

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  1. Roger says:

    Big brother is here.
    What happens in Vegas really does stay in vegas. On video.

  2. They love you so much they have to watch it all to make sure your not going to hurt yourself. (rubs your back) it will be ok, they're only here for your benefit, not their own selfish advertisement adventures among many other things.

  3. WTE says:

    The police state is getting worse

    • Roger says:

      Led from the top down, with the establishment GOP failing to provide any opposition.

    • Brandon says:

      The system that is being used of the company was been back lashed in 2011. It is just a poor way of organizing things. I think this illuminating concept along with the security is not that good. Surveillance cameras use should not hamper the privacy. I should not be made throughout the city, however, at certain places where they are required they should install surveillance cameras. Even I have installed a q-see security camera at my home because that is the correct place where it is needed not like the system's security cameras that have been implanted all over the vegas.

  4. Mr.Lincoln says:

    End Runs Around the Constitution

    Two weeks ago we learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on the chancellor of Germany and on the president of the United States. Last week we learned that it has spied on the Pope and on the conclave that elected him last March. This week we learned that it also has spied on the secretary general of the United Nations and has hacked into the computer servers at Google and Yahoo.

    What's going on?
    http://www.creators.com/opinion/judge-napolitano/

  5. These watchers are themselves being watched so their just hanging themselves with the rest of us. The only winner is Satan who hates mankind and wants to eliminate it; Don't forget that Satan is an enraged demon who rebelled to overthrow God's Eternal Plan; one reason is that God created man to be ahead of the angels. He is one jealous dude out to kill us all, but the dumb Satanist believe his lie that he is all powerful.

  6. Mr.Lincoln says:

    Ben Swann: Are Libertarians Creating “Chaos” In Elections?

    Ben Swann talks about the outcome of the Virginia race for Governor and whether or not libertarian candidates are creating “chaos” in the electoral system.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKkPo9cMG-Y

  7. Mr.Lincoln says:

    Ben Swann: Are Libertarians Creating “Chaos” In Elections?

    Ben Swann talks about the outcome of the Virginia race for Governor and whether or not libertarian candidates are creating “chaos” in the electoral system.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKkPo9cMG-Y

  8. ceseme says:

    So if they aren't planning to use it, why did they waste the taxpayers' money on it? Of course they are planning to use it! And the way things are going in this country, it won't be for the good. Unless you are one of the people for whom good is evil, and evil good.

  9. PHIL says:

    DOES NOT PLAY EVEN THOUGH iVE ALLOWED MULTIPLE WEBSITES TO RUN SCRIPTS ON MY MACHINE…….

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