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Ubiquitous Video Capture

Ubiquitous Video Capture

Ubiquitous means “present everywhere”. Ubiquitous video capture means being able to capture video of what is happening around us all the time, and everywhere. For many years, we have been moving in this direction, mostly with traffic cameras and security cameras. Smartphone cameras are becoming ubiquitous. Police cruiser dashcams have become commonplace. Video records of a recent asteroid incident in Russia were primarily recorded by dashcams in the cars of private citizens. In Russia, the need for constant video recording in an automobile is being driven by automobile accidents and insurance claims.

Unintentional Interfaces: Why Russian Dashcams Saw That Meteor – [technologyreview.com]

Earlier today I was wondering why Russia gets all the good meteor strikes–like this one, which looks like a viral promo for a sci-fi movie, captured from a dashboard-mounted video camera. What I should have been asking – and Wired did – was “why do Russian motorists have video cameras on their dashboards in the first place?”

Apparently, Russia’s combination of geographic immensity and lax law enforcement incentivizes everyone to install these “dash-cams” in their cars. If you get into a he-said/she-said traffic accident in the middle of nowhere, you can use the video footage as proof of what actually happened.

LiSS Living in Surveillance Societies – [liss-cost.eu]

Background Informations for LiSS
Increasing concern with public safety, risk management, and security in the post 9/11 era, and the development of new technologies, have led to the extension and intensification of surveillance across Europe. Surveillance is now increasingly pervasive, with citizens’ movements and activities routinely monitored through video surveillance, purchase patterns, travel cards, mobile telephony, GIS, and more. Example applications include: biometric technologies at airports (e.g. iris scans), car number plate and facial recognition systems, CCTV systems in schools and other public places, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in hospitals and for young offenders, and information chips in credit, store and ID cards. Vast amounts of personal data are collected, analysed, processed and stored by public and private agencies for reasons ranging from national security to market research. However, this surveillance is also subtle and discreet, with most people unaware that they cast a data shadow as they go about their daily lives.

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