The head of an aerial surveillance firm is pitching Baltimore officials on flying not one however three camera-laden planes above the city concurrently, covering most of the city and its violent crime, he mentioned in emails obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
A pair of Texas donors have stepped ahead to assist fund three planes and further police, 40 native analysts and oversight personnel if there’s city buy-in, the data and interviews present. The effort goals to “demonstrate the effectiveness” of such an all-seeing surveillance system in combating crime in the city.
The enlarged scope of the three-year, $6.6 million surveillance pitch was welcomed by supporters and denounced by detractors contacted by The Sun.
Ross McNutt of Ohio-based Persistent Surveillance Systems mentioned in emails to officials in Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s workplace that most City Council members had expressed their assist for the surveillance planes, although a number of council members denied it. No determination has been made.
Each aircraft can be succesful of recording as much as 32 sq. miles at a time, and every would fly 45 to 50 hours per week, McNutt mentioned.
“With these three coverage areas, we would be able to cover areas that include 80 to 90 percent of the murders and shootings in Baltimore,” McNutt wrote in an e mail final month to Sheryl Goldstein, Young’s deputy chief of employees.