Calif. city installing 'smart' cameras


By Demian Bulwa
The San Francisco Chronicle

RICHMOND, Calif. — Seeking to thwart crime and keep terrorists and copper thieves away from its aging seaport, Richmond unveiled a squadron of surveillance cameras Wednesday said to be blessed with an unusual intelligence.

The 82 cameras at the port and 34 at crime hot spots can be programmed to recognize certain movements known as exceptions - a crowd gathering, for example, or a person loitering in one spot, falling down, leaving behind a bag or hopping a fence.

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