Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reports:
Like something out of a sinister Orwellian vision of the future, streetlights with the ability to monitor conversations and announce government warnings are being installed on American streets.
As part of a federally-funded project, manufacturers Illuminating Concepts have begun installing the system, dubbed 'Intellistreets' in the town of Farmington Hills, Michigan.
According to the company’s video presentation the capabilities of the devices include homeland security, public safety, traffic control, advertising and video surveillance features.
Fears the lampposts are a step towards the creation of a police state were further fueled when the firm removed a promotional video from You Tube, rumoured to be a result of negative publicity about the 'Homeland Security' features.When asked about the system, SecFear Malcolm P. Stag III commented, "When it comes to urban surveillance, redundancy is important. Drones provide one level of protection, intelligent streetlamps another."
Each street light contains a speaker system to broadcast emergency alerts, and a video display and is also equipped with proximity sensors capable of recording both pedestrian and road traffic.
The speakers and sensors mean they can be programmed to blare out advertisements as people walk past.
H/t Infowars here and here.