Would you like to have your local government monitor your home (read: spy on you) to determine if you’re being too noisy? We’ve all had to deal with noisy neighbors now & then, but Westminster has a plan to install microphones on lightposts which will sniff out who’s causing too much noise.
“Using the new system, we can leave a monitor in an area for several days. The idea is that we can pre-empt people having to call us — if the monitor hears a disturbance it lets us know.” Mr Harrison added that the microphones were also going to be placed outside bars and clubs to monitor noise levels and any disturbances.
The microphones, which communicate via an internet connection, will be attached to lamp posts across Soho to test the system for the next few months.
“Eventually this wireless network will cover the whole of Westminster and be used by workers wherever they are,” said Mr Harrison.
“Noise monitoring and CCTV are just two of the initial applications, and the great advantage is that we can move these sensors to wherever they are needed.”
Personally, I’ve addressed my neighbors directly (and called my landlord when necessary) when they kept me up at night…but maybe some people are too polite to say anything, so they suffer from it. Doesn’t Big Brother watch its citizens closely enough as it is??