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Transit cams to train eyes on paint punks

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Transit cams to train eyes on paint punks

Smile, graffiti punks - you're on transit camera.

 

NYC Transit plans to test surveillance cameras on two trains with hopes of finding the right technology - and funding - for widespread use across the system, President Howard Roberts said.

 

"Somebody with an acid pen and 15 minutes can destroy about $8,000 worth of glass," Roberts said.

 

Speaking after a series of Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee meetings, Roberts indicated that the two-train pilot would start sometime next year.

 

Cameras that record images inside buses have helped catch vandals marking up NYC Transit's big rigs, Roberts said, adding he's eager to have a pilot program on the rails "as soon as wecan."

 

Full story: nydailynews_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - April 29, 2008

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as long as they only use these cameras for anti-graffiti purposes and don't stalk or spy on people with them then i don't care

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Invasion of privacy.

 

- Andy

 

What do you do on the train and the bus that you wouldn't want (MTA) to hear? If you something extremely personal that you know you shouldn't do on the train or bus, then don't do it.

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I don't think there is any expectation of privacy on public transportation.

 

Find the vandals and off with their hands. ;)

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as long as they only use these cameras for anti-graffiti purposes and don't stalk or spy on people with them then i don't care

Couldn't agree more.

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I dont think its phycally possable to vandalize an nyc subway car like in that video. Those trains in the video are made and maintain diffently than (NYCT) trains. And it would be VERY hard to kick out an window on an R160 that will never happen on an NYC train. If somebody wanted to damage an R160 all they will need is an labtop hook it up to something in the cab download an virus on its computer system and just like that the train is disabled.

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The vandalizm in that train would not be possible on the (MTA) system. There is too much observation of activities, and too many people that would say something, plus you can't kick the windows in/out you need an axe. The spray paint might be possible, but not the rest of it.

 

- Andy

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I dont think its phycally possable to vandalize an nyc subway car like in that video. Those trains in the video are made and maintain diffently than (NYCT) trains. And it would be VERY hard to kick out an window on an R160 that will never happen on an NYC train. If somebody wanted to damage an R160 all they will need is an labtop hook it up to something in the cab download an virus on its computer system and just like that the train is disabled.

 

Disabling an R160 like that isn't really that serious, just reprogram it. I'm not even sure Downloading a virus onto it that easily is possible...not to mention the cab doors are locked anyway.

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Disabling an R160 like that isn't really that serious, just reprogram it. I'm not even sure Downloading a virus onto it that easily is possible...not to mention the cab doors are locked anyway.

 

Ive seen people kick out the windows on the R142 cab doors. There was a video of it on youtube you can simply kick out the window hook up the labtop to the cab download the virus. And that could be VERY serious problem. Like for example somebody could break into E180th street yard and download a virus on every R142 in the yard and just like that you can disable the whole (5) lines fleet. And it would be very easy for the vandals to get inside the cabs being that the layup crews leaves the cab doors unlocked.

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