It's good to read about projects that are actually designed to improve the way police and first responders do their jobs. And, it's heartening to know that the government (local and federal) as well as private organizations have the ability to learn from past incidents, aim to change it, and actually receive the resources to do so.
I just read this article in The Columbus Dispatch about the integration of thousands of video cameras, aptly named the Camera Integration Project, which will give law enforcement and other officials the ability to view cameras owned by public and private entities:
The new network will be far more comprehensive than anything that has come before, tying together government-operated cameras on roads, public buildings and airports with private security systems at malls, office buildings and other major centers. Private companies won't be required to join the network.
The project has been allotted $235,000 and will be launched in a year or two, according to the publication.
Ohio's network is modeled after Virtual Alabama, apparently the first statewide camera network that launched in July 2006. And, according to Alabama's homeland-security director, the network has been useful for everything from tornado response to solving a rash of shootings.
I think a network of this scale is great in theory, but what are the concerns? Obviously, it's important to have strict policies in place regarding who has access to the cameras, but are there other network-related issues to be aware of?