Posted September 29, 2018 07:03:17 Ottawa is proposing to install CCTV cameras on the city’s roofs and sidewalks as part of a pilot project aimed at reducing litter and other issues in the city.
The city announced the pilot project last week.
It is part of the citywide $1.6 billion project to install cameras in the areas where people live, work and play.
“We’re seeing a significant reduction in litter, and that is a big reason why we’re making this investment,” said Coun.
“It’s going to have an immediate impact.”
The pilot is part a pilot program launched by the city in 2015 to monitor the impact of the construction of a new rail line in downtown Ottawa.
More than 1,100 homes have been monitored so far, and the pilot has already helped reduce litter, according to a city report.
The pilot program has been extended to include several hundred more homes.
“The pilot program is about getting people to understand that they are part of our community,” said Deans, who is the city planner.
“People are going to be paying for the cameras.
They’re going to get their own video cameras.”
The cameras are set to be installed on the roofs of all public buildings, as well as in private homes and other areas where residents are known to live.
People will be able to turn on the cameras in front of the building or in a separate location, so that they can see the footage in real time.
The cameras will be visible in every window, and at all times.
Once installed, the cameras will also be able be remotely controlled from any location.
The city is also proposing to make public places such as parks, courthouses and schools the “citizen camera zone” and have public officials make sure that residents can turn on cameras on their own property.
Deans said that’s important to ensure that people can report litter or other issues before it happens.
She said the pilot will allow the city to assess whether the project is working.
There is a one-year pilot program in the Ottawa area already.