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The future of privacy in big cities is bleak, cities are now getting paid to convert street lights into spying SmartNodes.
What are SmartNodes?
SmartNodes will soon replace street lights, because they are equipped with cameras, microphones, speakers etc., all-in-one light pole.
The city of Los Angeles, Calfornia is working with Phillips Lighting and ENE-HUB to turn 110,000 street lights into a one-of-a-kind citywide SmartNode surveillance network.
“The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting and Philips Lighting have collaborated on a program that uses CityTouch connected street lighting management and connected sensors to obtain additional value from the public lighting system.”
Phillips SmartPoles are equipped with ‘environmental noise monitoring’ microphones. Phillips microphones are designed to spy on ‘raucous neighbors and loud music’.
Where could the music be coming from you ask?
Phillips doesn’t say, but you can bet they mean people, vehicles and homes. Which means, SmartPoles can listen to more than just noise.(Click here to watch Phillips Lighting admit SmartPoles are great data collecting conduits.)
Los Angeles wants 110,000 spying street lights
In the above video, Remco Muijs boasts that Phillips and the city of Los Angeles are working together to host third-party sensors that influence people’s behavior.
Because nothing says influencing people’s behavior, quite like 110,000 spying street lights.
Companies are paying cities to install spying SmartPoles
Last year, I warned everyone that DHS and the TSA are installing microphones on light posts to spy on commuters.
But ENE-HUB’s, SmartNode’s make those light posts, look like child’s play.
ENE-HUB’s brochure, reveals they are equipped with Wi-Fi detectors, microphones, CCTV cameras, speakers and travel card readers which I assume means transit car readers. (Click here to find out more.)
SmartNodes also come equipped with…
A recent article in KCRW reveals that ENE-HUB’s, SmartNode’s could also be equipped with ‘video streaming and gun shot sensors connected to police and fire stations’. One can assume that in the near future, SmartNode’s will also be equipped with E-ZPass readers and license plate readers.
ENE-HUB’s ‘benefits’ section admits that governments can use multiple revenue streams to spy on their citizens for 25-30 years. (Click here to watch ENE-HUB’s smart city video.)
Unfortunately, Phillips Lighting and ENE-HUB aren’t the only ones trying to turn entire cities into giant surveillance networks.
Four months ago, I warned everyone that Siemens, GE, Cisco, LED lighting maker Acuity Brands and mall developer Simon Property Group are also installing spying SmartNodes across the country.
After writing numerous articles about Smart Cities, SmartPoles and SmartNodes one thing becomes crystal clear.
They are all about corporate/government surveillance.