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. — an all-in-one light pole.
The city of Los Angeles, California is working with Phillips Lighting and ENE-HUB to turn 110,000 street lights into a one-of-a-kind citywide SmartNode surveillance network.
Phillips SmartPoles are equipped with ‘environmental noise monitoring’ microphones. Phillips microphones are designed to spy on ‘raucous neighbors and loud music’.
The city of Los Angeles is leveraging their connected street lighting infrastructure to actively monitor and manage noise levels on the streets. Using existing connected street lights, the city has installed microphones to collect noise data at the street level.
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