In V for Vendetta, the tyrannical government used roving vans with sound and monitoring equipment to 'see' into everyones homes, and pick up all conversations to use in creating government policies.
In real life though, the Department of Homeland Security is taking a different step by implementing a new policy where they will instal several different types of monitoring equipment into new street lights.
The Intellistreets system comprises of a wireless digital infrastructure that allows street lights to be controlled remotely by means of a ubiquitous wi-fi link and a miniature computer housed inside each street light, allowing for “security, energy management, data harvesting and digital media,” according to the Illuminating Concepts website.According to the company’s You Tube video of the concept, the primary capabilities of the devices include “energy conservation, homeland security, public safety, traffic control, advertising, video surveillance.”
In terms of Homeland Security applications, each of the light poles contains a speaker system that can be used to broadcast emergency alerts, as well as a display that transmits “security levels” (presumably a similar system to the DHS’ much maligned color-coded terror alert designation), in addition to showing instructions by way of its LED video screen.
The lights also include proximity sensors that can record both pedestrian and road traffic. The video display and speaker system will also be used to transmit Minority Report-style advertising, as well as Amber Alerts and other “civic announcements”.
With the aid of grant money from the federal government, the company is about to launch the first concept installation of the system in the city of Farmington Hills, Michigan.
It appears that the next step of government control over citizens has been implemented, and the question for the public now is, who will have access to this information, how will it be used, and are we more safe in the dark than we would be in the light?