Ever since the September 11th bombing of the United States, several surveillance units were created to help in fighting terrorism both internally and externally. It has come to our knowledge that various surveillance systems have been installed in the country’s entry and exit points to help in monitoring and identifying such suspects (Winston, 2013). There have been a number of human rights groups that have been refuting the given move by the governments to put hidden and open surveillance technology in the general population arguing that it is unethical as it intrudes their private lives. According to my opinion, I support the evolution of surveillance to be a blessing to bring a safer world.
There are many types of surveillance and imaging technologies existent in the world. They include; imaging recognition devices, biometrics, social network analytical software, transponders, GPS tracking, RFID tagging, satellite imagery, Arial drone use, CCTV cameras, facial and phone thermographs (Tavani, 2011).
Evolution of surveillance came about due to the need to improve security, prevent it from occurring and create a safe environment to stay (Tavani, 2011). A number of technological gadgets have been created to detect harmful devices and weapons used by assailants at various checkpoints hence allowing early arrest of the perpetrators before committing a given crime. Surveillance hence serves as a man’s third eye in keeping everything at check (Tavani, 2011). We have heard several incidences of terror groups being stopped just before committing a given crime. A good example could be terror suspects arrested at the airport after having being found carrying weapons and explosives.
In cities and several towns, and intelligent traffic system is another technological surveillance tool that has been put to use to curb cases of insecurity and to bring law and order. This