Friday, March 25, 2011

Security Cameras Catch Surprising UPS Deliveries

UPS DeliveryWhenever I hear about delivery men throwing or abusing packages, I immediately think of the opening scene in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective where Jim Carrey throws, kicks, punts and does anything else you could imagine to a package he is delivering. I used to think that this was a gross exaggeration of how people think companies like UPS and FedEx handle our mail. I was wrong.

A man in California knew that he would not be home on the day he was expected to receive a package from UPS. So, in order to ensure that he got his package that day, he left a note for the driver saying that he should leave the package on his neighbor's porch instead. What the man did not expect was the the UPS driver's definition of deliver meant hurling the package over the customer's fence onto the neighbor's porch ten to twelve feet away, something no customer ever wants to happen to their package.

"I, I couldn't believe it. I mean I was just dumbfounded," says the homeowner who posted video surveillance of the footage on YouTube that he recorded from his home security camera system. Once the video hit YouTube it gained the attention of a CBS affiliate in Sacramento.

The supervisor of the local UPS hub, who was obviously contacted about the incident, played down the video trying to convince the homeowner that the driver "tossed" the package onto the neighbor's porch. Obviously that didn't fly with the homeowner or the CBS affiliate so they contacted UPS headquarters. Their response? "Drivers know they are to handle each and every one of their 15.1 million packages delivered every day with care."

However, if you scour YouTube for no more than 5 seconds you can find thousands of videos from security cameras that show more than a few UPS drivers who think "handle with care" means "kick the crap out of it".

Source: The Consumerist - Don't UPS Drivers Realize Customers Have Security Cameras?

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Friday, March 11, 2011

World's Largest Security Camera Network to Go Up in China

Beijing ChinaWant to know where the world's largest network of security cameras is? Well, pretty soon it will be in China. Yes, that's right, the country with the biggest population in the world will now have the biggest security camera network says a recent report from the Daily Mail.

According to the report, China will spend an estimated $4.18 billion on 500,000 security cameras in order to create the world's largest security camera network. This marks the largest "Big Brother" network of CCTV surveillance cameras in the entire world since the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S.

The city of Chongqing in China has been in charge of drawing up the plans for the network after an outbreak of religious groups began clashing in July of 2009. The cameras will be set up and installed in 2012 with the goals of reducing crime and enhancing rescue operations as well as emergency controls.

According to the Daily Mail, Police Chief of Chongqing Wang Zhijun said that the system would be the world's largest security network since the attacks on the United States in September of 2001. This camera system is poised to completely dwarf the current 40,000 camera system currently set up in China's Xinjiang region.

The entirety of the network will be managed by a single network that will allow authorities as well as emergency services in the area of over 30 million people to share the video feeds.

Authorities in China are increasingly enlisting technology for security reasons which was widely seen during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The government in China has expanded resources to police online activity and block anti-government postings as well as other politically sensitive material with a system known as the "Great Firewall of China".

Plans for the surveillance system surfaced after officials in the region announced plans to build 10 luxury inland river cruise ships large enough to accommodate landing pads for helicopters. So I guess when people say Big Brother is watching in China, they mean it literally.

Source: - Sify News - China to create world's largest security network with 500,000 cameras

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