Chicago Olympics on your iPhone?

31 07 2008

Dan Butterfield has been keeping us updated on developments in China and their handheld market, which is going into hyper-drive with 08.08.08 just next week.   Good reading….

Cannot say the same for ZDNet blog: Between the lines Tom Steinert-Threlkeld’s recent post Tech `tips’ for Beijing visitors, left me wondering when did a technology blog turn to social awareness.  So I drop them a line.

It is obvious Dan and Tom (more Tom) don’t know each other.   Each Olympic venue since the 1900’s has been a catalyst of new ideas and technology aimed at giving benefit to the world, 2008 is no exception.   With suveillance camera deployment taking the highlights, it becomes lost a potential new break through in broadcasting is within our grasp – streaming video from surveillance over handheld units.

The content here is simple.  Alternative use for surveillance cameras in a positive direction.   Streaming video is not new, but we now have a new source.   One that needs to be explored by individuals with better intentions than just finding criminal activity.

Chicago has the greatest lake front of any major city in the world, parks second to nobody and a surveillance infrastructure to boot.   Alder Planetarium for a couple of years had webcams outside the facility where the public could log into and actually control the cameras and look up and down the lake front.  From Navy Pier, along Michigan Ave, even Sundays we could watch the tail-gaters for Bears games.   All this came to an end for obvious reasons.

China is considered #1 for surveillance,  London (2012 host) is considered 2nd,  Chicago (still in running for 2016) is laying claim to 3rd.   Olympics needs to be broadcasted on the one vehicle everyone outside the US has, handheld devise.   You know the wheels are turning in Chicago, cause it’s Chicago, utilizing the surveillance infrastructure as a feed (for sale mind you).   The networks could never lay claim to anything like that.   I can see the alderman now laying claim to their neighborhood’s and selling the feed.

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