This, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, does not strike me as an obviously necessary or positive development:
[Atlanta’s new] downtown “Video Integration Center,” funded by a mix of private donations and public money, has already given Atlanta police links to more than 100 public and private security cameras. Talks are underway to link up with more cameras at CNN Center, Georgia State University, the Georgia World Congress Center and MARTA, along with cameras in Buckhead. Officials say hundreds or thousands more private-sector cameras will eventually feed into the center. . . . Officers can watch up to 128 views at once. “This is just the beginning,” said Dave Wilkinson, president of the Atlanta Police Foundation, which helped raise money for the center. “This is going to grow by leaps and bounds over the years. The goal, of course, is to have the entire city blanketed.”
Won’t that be nice!