CCTV in German public transport

23 June 2006  •  Author(s): Leon Hempel, Technical University of Berlin

Setting the Scene: Transport as arena for surveillance systems

Although CCTV systems in public urban transport have been around since the beginning of the 1960s, only limited camera surveillance existed in public transport for about thirty years. It was not until the beginning of the 1990s, in common with the worldwide trend of increasing surveillance systems in public streets and places, that the world witnessed a strong proliferation of CCTV coverage within public urban transport systems. Today, be it in London, New York or Tokyo, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin or Copenhagen underground trains, trams and buses are well equipped with different kinds of camera systems.

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