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    Tonga 23, kurt

    ...license plates, there would have to be some sort of connection to a central computer. The City of Chicago has maybe a quarter of its 2905 signalized intersections on interconnected systems, and some of those have a dialup connection for the last mile, using 2400 baud (yes, 2400 baud) dialup connections. Nobody has wanted to fund fiber for that last mile since these systems went in in the mid to late-1990's. and there sure isn't the additional fiber for video channels. Most intersections with actuation cameras aren't even on systems. And I learned that a new, probably politically-connected outfit has persuaded the City to go with magnetometer detectors from now on, rather than video detection, so any cameras at signalized intersections ma be either enforcement (speed/red light) or pod cameras (911 Center/CPD) for surveillance.

    27+ years of experience say you have little to worry about.

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