BEIJING — Last month residents of Beijing’s Tongzhou district woke up to find 678 CCTV cameras had been installed on major streets and intersections near their homes. Tongzhou’s Public Security Bureau, which controls the local police force, has spent 90 million RMB (approx. $14 million USD) on installing the cameras.
The district, favored by first time home buyers and office workers, will also install 100 police call boxes, which are connected to security cameras. Residents will be able to use the boxes to alert the police if they spot any criminal behavior, The Beijing Evening News reported.
The district government calls the project “Skynet.” Official photographs of Skynet’s launch ceremony show representatives from Tongzhou’s police force gathered around a transparent glass orb.