America’s largest ISP just rolled out a new service that allows small and medium-sized business owners “to oversee their organization” with continuous video surveillance footage that’s stored in the cloud — allowing them to “improve efficiency.” An anonymous reader quotes the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Inventory is disappearing. Workplace productivity is off. He said/she said office politics are driving people crazy. Who you gonna call…? Comcast Business hopes it will be the one, with the “SmartOffice” surveillance offering formally launched this week in Philadelphia and across “70 percent of our national [internet] service footprint,” said Christian Nascimento, executive director of premise services for the Comcast division. Putting a “Smart Cities” (rather than “Big Brother is watching you”) spin on “the growing trend for…connected devices across the private and public sectors,” the SmartOffice solution “can provide video surveillance to organizations that want to monitor their locations more closely,” Nascimento said… The surveillance cameras are equipped with zoom lenses, night-vision, motion detection, and wide-angle lenses, while an app allows remote access to the footage from smartphones and tablets (though the footage can also be downloaded, or stored online for up to a month). Last year Comcast was heavily involved in an effort to provide Detroit’s police department with real-time video feeds from over 120 local businesses, which the mayor said wouldn’t have been successful “Without the complete video technology system Comcast provides.”
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