Sophisticated surveillance coming to Auckland

Surveillance technology that uses high definition cameras and software that puts names to faces and owners to cars is coming to Auckland. Surveillance will also include scanning social media and news websites.

Auckland Transport, the regional transport provider, has yet to announce the multi-million dollar deal, but California's Hewlett-Packard Development Company said today it has the contract.

No dollar sum is given. They call it a "visionary Big Data" project and in a statement said Auckland has selected HP "to drive groundbreaking future cities initiative".

With over 2000 cameras deployed across Auckland, the system will use a "HP Intelligent Scene Analysis System" and licence plate recognition for accurate identification.