FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - They are being used for entertainment and safety. but some critics say this is nothing more than the watchful eye of big brother keeping track of your every moment.
This high tech system called ‘Intellistreets' is being made right here in Farmington Hills.
“In each lighting fixture or each lighting pole, there is processor very much like an iPhone. And it takes inputs and outputs and talks back and forth. And the poles actually talk to each other,” said Ron Harwood.
When you step come into view of the street light, there is a camera that spots you, and the person on the other side sees you by white specs on a black screen. The camera senses that somebody is there, and if wants, it can even take your picture.
The system is also capable of recording conversations making critics cry invasion of privacy.