Aloha and Goodbye

A surveillance camera system is only as good as the people behind it, as this Los Angeles Times story about the teenage boy who stowed away on a flight to Hawaii attests. Your resolution can be sharp as a brand-new Ginsu blade, your zoom can be as powerful as a subatomic microscope, your cameras can number in the thousands… none of it matters if there’s no human on hand to take control of a situation.

See this excerpt below and read the full story here.

“Another concern, Jenkins said, was why the teenager wasn’t stopped after airport security cameras caught him hopping the fence.

‘If he was on the camera, why wasn’t there a response? Was no one watching the monitors?” Jenkins asked. “The first question will be, gee, the cameras work, the response didn’t. Was it just missed and they went back and searched through that time frame and, oops, there he is?'”

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