Wednesday, November 17, 2004

2,000 Cameras Watch Chicago

CBS 2 Chicago WBBM-TV |
2,000 Cameras To Watch City
Nov 16, 2004 11:13 am US/Central

Mayor Daley officially opened a new city operations center Tuesday that
will include a dramatic increase in camera surveillance on Chicago’s
streets. The new addition to the 9-1-1 center will help manage and
coordinate in response to emergencies such as a terrorist attack.

The new system will allow emergency workers to receive instant real time
video and audio information from 2,000 cameras and microphones stationed
around the city. The system won’t be fully operational until spring.

“The key to dealing with an emergency is not just having the manpower,
it’s having the manpower in the right place at the right time,” Mayor
Daley said.

The operations center will respond to anything from terrorist attacks to
gas leaks.

The new system also has the ability to instantly report the sound of gun
shots within hearing distance of the microphones planned around the city.