“Covert” Facial Recognition Street Lights Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

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from Activist Post:

A recent Reuters article reveals that ST Engineering has been awarded $5.5 million to install facial recognition street lights in Singapore.

ST’s smart street lights come equipped with sensors, LED screens and covert cameras already installed.

Incredibly, ST claims their spying street lights can bring “healthcare benefits to residents.”

Just like smart city projects everywhere, Singapore claims that spying street lights “are not built by the government but by all of us – citizens, companies, agencies.”  And just like Riverhead, New York who claimed that police surveillance drones will revitalize downtown, Singapore claims their spying street lights will “lead to meaningful and fulfilled lives.”

Facial recognition street lights are designed to be covert

ST Engineering has even gone so far as to rename it’s covert facial recognition program: ST Countenance.

ST Countenance identifies people from a distance, without being intrusive. Covert and scalable, the system has the capability to be integrated with CCTV systems, reducing awareness that it is in operation.

ST boasts that their street lights can secretly identify people in real-time 24/7.

Their system is able to achieve identification of persons covertly 24/7 by utilizing the right design and engineering.

But it doesn’t end there, ST has also won a contract to install their smart street lights in Hong Kong.

ST’s project to turn Hong Kong into a giant surveillance city is called the “Smart City Transformation Initiative.”

The team from the Electronics sector will install customized multi-purpose street lights in Kowloon East, Hong Kong’s Smart City Pilot Area. The MPLP will be interconnected with a telecommunication network to form an Internet of Things (IoT) backbone.

This is just another example of smart cities being used on spy on everyone. Let’s call ST’s “Smarty City Transformation Initiative” what it really is — “Government Surveillance Initiative.”

 Smart street lights collect a disturbing amount of info.

A recent ST Engineering press release reveals that smart street lights are collecting a disturbing amount of information.

ST’s President Ravinder Singh boasts,

This program goes beyond installing lamp posts for smart lighting services. It leverages technology to transform lamp posts into smart infrastructure that will enable smart services to be delivered to the residents in Hong Kong.

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