Cities are getting paid to turn streetlights into spying equipment

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:18

LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - October 18, 2017 - The future of privacy in big cities is bleak. Cities are now getting paid to convert streetlights into spying SmartNodes.

SmartNodes will soon replace streetlights because they are equipped with cameras, microphones, speakers etc., all-in-one light pole.

The city of Los Angeles, Kalfornia, is working with Phillips Lighting and ENE-HUB to turn 110,000 streetlights 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”.

Where could the music be coming from you ask?

Phillips doesn't say, but you can bet they mean people, vehicles and homes. Which means, SmartPoles can listen to more than just noise.

Private companies are paying cities $1200 yearly for each SmartPole they install.

To translate that into dollar figures, if Los Angeles turns 110,000 light poles into SmartPole's it would make approximately $13.2 million a year.

With that much money at stake, it won't be long before every city in Amerika turns their streetlights into money making spying SmartPoles.

ENE-HUB's brochure reveals that these SmartNodes are equipped with Wi-Fi detectors, microphones, CCTV cameras, speakers, and travel card readers, which means transit car readers.

SmartNodes also come equipped with:

  • Telecommunications
  • RBG Beacon Light
  • Wi-Fi
  • LED street and roadway lighting
  • Community messaging
  • Parking management
  • Data capture
  • Surveillance
  • Microphone
  • People counting
  • Electric vehicle car charging
  • Traditional smart pole functions (signage, traffic and lighting)

ENE-HUB's SmartNode's could also be equipped with video streaming and gun shot sensors connected to terrorist pig thug cop and fire stations. One can assume that in the near future, SmartNode's will also be equipped with E-ZPass readers and license plate readers.

ENE-HUB's benefits section admits that governments can use multiple revenue streams to spy on their citizens for 25-30 years.

Unfortunately, Phillips Lighting and ENE-HUB aren't the only ones trying to turn entire cities into giant surveillance networks.

Four months ago, I warned everyone that Siemens, GE, Cisco, LED lighting maker Acuity Brands, and mall developer Simon Property Group are also installing spying SmartNodes across the country.

After writing numerous articles about Smart Cities, SmartPoles and SmartNodes, one thing becomes crystal clear.

They are all about corporate/government surveillance.