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Ithaca adopts AI surveillance cameras despite company’s permitting controversies

The City of Ithaca has entered into a contract with Flock Safety, a company recently spotlighted for failing to secure necessary permits in several states, to implement an advanced surveillance system aimed at enhancing public safety.

Despite concerns raised by Flock Safety’s past permit issues, as reported by Forbes, Ithaca Police Department (IPD) anticipates the deployment of 22 AI-powered cameras to assist in crime prevention and investigation.


The system, valued at $4 billion, has faced installation bans in South Carolina and North Carolina, prompting the necessity for third-party installation compliance.

The initiative, costing Ithaca $69,300 for the first year with an annual renewal fee of $66,000, supports the city’s commitment to utilizing technology for safety improvements, despite some skepticism within the Common Council.