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Paris presents its video surveillance plan

500 million Euro investment; system under scrutiny by court of auditors

The Paris Police Prefecture's video surveillance plan was submitted to the French Court of Auditors yesterday. The security system involves the installation of more than 4,000 cameras on public roads, the creation of 1,500 observation points and the interconnection of 38,000 private cameras. All it is managed thanks to the laying of 600 km of optical fibers that connect 90 servers, 50 screens and a hundred sites where about 4700 agents alternate in the work of image processing. The investment is close to 500 million Euros.

The judges warned against the public-private partnership formula signed up to from the beginning. The State had committed to a 16-year term with a newco created for the occasion by two subsidiaries of the French energy multinationals, Engie and Edf (Ineo and Citelum). The network will connect shopping centers, the transport company Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (Ratp), the railway company Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (Sncf) and surrounding cities.

Among the problems that could hinder the judges' approval is "insufficient control" over the system. The court of auditors doesn't seem to be convinced by ongoing tests, particularly that of semi-automated traffic video surveillance on bus lanes. "Given the potential of these technologies, the evaluation and monitoring of these trials have not gathered convincing evidence that would allow for the removal of the regulatory, financial and operational obstacles that limit them", the audit court ruled. A final pronunciation is awaited.

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