What frequency will the NYPD's survelliance cameras run on?

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

April 17, 2006

1 Min Read
Prying Eyes?

5:45 PM -- I'm no one's idea of a privacy expert, so I'm not even going to comment on the wider ramifications of the news that the New York City police department has quietly started to install wireless survelliance cameras in the streets of the metropolis.

I do, however, know a little -- some would say too little -- about wireless, which is why I wonder what radio frequencies those wireless eyes in the sky are running on.

If it's the 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands -- also used for WiFi, Bluetooth, and other transmisssions -- then will the cameras affect nearby wireless LAN networks? Wireless cameras have long been known to enterprise types as a potential interference source for corporate wireless LAN networks.It is, however, quite possible that the cameras will run on another band, such as the 4.9GHz public safety band. But I can't confirm that today. I spoke to a representative from the NYPD who told me that they deal with such inquires via fax!

Nonetheless, New Yorkers will doubtless soon be able to find out firsthand. Initial cameras have been installed along a stretch of Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn, attached to lampposts about 30 feet above the sidewalk. The eventual aim of the program is to place 500 cameras throughout the city at a cost of around $9 million.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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