Interpol focuses on video surveillance

The use of video surveillance by both law enforcement and the private sector was the focus of a recent ‘Group of Experts Meeting’ organised and hosted by Interpol.

Jun 6, 2013
By Paul Jacques
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The use of video surveillance by both law enforcement and the private sector was the focus of a recent ‘Group of Experts Meeting’ organised and hosted by Interpol.

Interoperability between law enforcement, public and private sector systems, effectiveness, prospective developments and the balance between security needs and individuals’ rights were among the key issues relating to CCTV that were on the agenda.

With investigations into the Boston Marathon bombing again highlighting the importance of video surveillance from an operational perspective, particularly in relation to suspect identification, existing practices and common challenges were also discussed.

The meeting, which attracted 35 experts from 24 countries, was arranged within the framework of the EU-supported Rules, Expectations and Security through Privacy-Enhanced Convenient Technologies (RESPECT) project.

It is looking to identify operational needs and develop recommendations to strengthen security while “respecting citizens’ fundamental rights”.

The discussions also addressed the issue of CCTV integration into smart surveillance, the main focus of RESPECT’s ‘sister project’, SMART (Scalable Measures for Automated Recognition Technologies).

Feedback will help establish guidelines and standards that reflect the needs of law enforcement and help draft a model law which can be deployed across Europe.

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