Surveillance Technology to Expand

James Clark and Dipesh Gadher writing in Sunday Times March 11, 2001.

THE number of surveillance cameras in Britain is set to double over the next three years to 2m following Home Office approval of a new system that can be run at a fraction of the cost of existing networks. The new system is a wireless application which employs mobile phone technology to beam pictures from cameras to portable monitoring devices such as laptops and hand-held PCs. It will cost up to 80% less than conventional closed-circuit television (CCTV) packages because it eliminates the need for expensive cabling.