The advantages are clear. "We’re able to see two critical bends in the canal that we’ve never monitored before," stated Jim Tomlin, resident engineer for the USACE. There has never been a camera on the Chesapeake City Bridge, but now it’s considered an extension of the security system. "We’re looking to expand our use of the pole system," Tomlin added, "because it broadens our capabilities for security and operational monitoring."
More recently, local law enforcement agencies have been placing cameras in public locations where there is increased crime and drug activity. One example: the Chicago Police Department has had some success with cameras placed high-up on existing street and alleyway poles. In this case, camera housings have been reinforced to withstand attack from street gangs with weapons.