To assess the penetration of CCTV across Europe and examine grounds for establishment, costs, density, on-going investment, amount of staff, crime solving rate.



Description of work

WP4 will involve a thorough study of the penetration and use of different kinds of CCTV surveillance including the combined use CCTV and number-plate recognition systems; CCTV and face recognition technologies; and CCTV and sound retrieval mechanisms, in European cities and beyond. This Work-Package will be co-ordinated by INTERPOL which would be able to tap into its resources across over 190 member states in order to ensure that the survey carried out in WP4 (as those carried out in other WPs) accurately represents the state of the art both inside and outside Europe thus enabling the RESPECT project to include advanced systems not necessarily yet deployed in Europe.

Task 4.1         Identifying and classifying relevant penetration of CCTV surveillance in participating member states

In this first sub-task an inventory of CCTV systems used in participating member states is carried out.  It combines extensive in-house expertise with desktop research and peer-referral through input from members of the External Advisory Group. It will also, through the RESPECT consortium’s privileged access to INTERPOL, utilise questionnaires and other means to survey advanced and existing systems in many states inside and outside Europe. A group of experts comprising technology specialists, public and private users of CCTV systems and data protection specialists will map, describe and classify existing CCTV technologies according to their current and likely future applications. This will constitute a good foundation for the tasks of:

  • Identifying the extent and purposes for which CCTV technologies are being employed/considered to be employed in crime prevention and/or prosecution of crimes;
  • Identifying the extent to which costs and convenience play a role in the deployment of CCTV technologies.

Task 4.2         Identifying grounds for establishment; set-up costs and on-going investment; and amount of staff

This sub-tasks reviews the grounds for establishment given at the time when the CCTV system was set up and compares this to grounds given for the retention (and/or extension) of the CCTV system.

It also

  • Identifies the set-up and on-going costs of each CCTV system.
  • Identifies the amount of staff employed by the private or public sector to monitor CCTV data.

Task 4.3         Identify degree of automated decisions based on data captured by CCTVs

  • Identifies different decisions based solely on automated processing of data captured by CCTVs
  • Identifies different decisions based partly on automated processing of data captured
  • Identifies extent of human effort necessary.

Task 4.4         Identify the degree of interoperability between public and private CCTV systems

  • Identifies situations where data captured by private CCTV systems are used by law enforcement agencies
  • Identifies the process of the ‘data sharing’ including the technical possibilities of interoperability

Task 4.5         Impact Assessment following criteria established in WP3

Carry out an overview impact assessment of CCTV systems based on the criteria established in WP3.