Las Vegas Could Be Next to Install Street Lights with Cameras

Las Vegas Could Be Next to Install Street Lights with Cameras

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Jun 3, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There are more than one billion street lights in cities across the country. Many cities are converting those lights to LED with cameras, and Las Vegas could be next.  

Tuesday, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Boston's Police Commissioner met at the Las Vegas Convention Center to discuss "street lights with eyes" technology for security, especially against terrorists. It could mean safer streets, but it could also cost us our privacy.

Street lights can monitor traffic safety, detect license plates or target people loitering where they shouldn't.

It's not technology too good to be true, said Sensity CEO Hugh Martin, "One of the biggest things is the ability to be able to detect something before it happens."

Their bright idea is on display at the Lightfair International trade show now underway at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The street lights gather information that is stored at a network operations center, ensuring safety and security.  

The lights could be used at all hours on the Las Vegas Strip, during New Year's Eve and the Las Vegas Marathon, at airport perimeters and can also prevent copper thefts. Las Vegas is now testing a street light system near city hall. They broadcast music and alerts, but don't have cameras yet. 

"We ask how do we find that balance between protecting people's privacy and also making it a much better place to live," added Martin.

Street lights with cameras are getting mixed reviews from residents.  

But Newark Airport has already installed light fixture technology in one of its terminals. The Department of Homeland Security is also very interested as well, as is the City of Boston following the marathon bombing.