dome pictogram

Above: A pictogram of a dome-cam. Credit: 123RF.

Domes

For interior applications CCTV camera technology is changing. Over the last few years the classic CCTV camera has been superseded by a new type of object. The old type was cuboid with a photo lens mounted on one of the short sides and generally fixed in place with an angled bracket--pictograms of CCTV cameras typically follow the shape and design of this traditional camera. The modern interior CCTV camera is much smaller than the old style one, and is mounted inside a little black plastic dome. The dome-cam is not much larger than a smoke detector--and can often be found placed inconspicuously very close to such alarms. These tiny domes are becoming ubiquitous in the public landscape of the city, they are springing up anywhere: on just about any ceiling, in private houses, shops, kiosks, offices, banks, malls, pubs, post-offices, coffeeshops, restaurants, as well as mobile, on the ceilings of buses, cabs, trains. The pictogram of the CCTV camera might change at some point--dome-cam pictograms do already exist (as illustrated above). Tiny domes are becoming standard as a technology for surveillance of the public. The citizen, at floor level, sees not a camera, but only a small black plastic dome--a shiny protuberance, a little lump, a little bump. The dome is much more discreet than the older video cameras--it swivels hidden-and-protected, inside its little dome. (If you look closely you can still just about see the lens inside.) The older camera was "looking at you" in the way that a camera lens always "looks" at the subject--the lens-as-eye. The dome-cam is also like an eye, the entire object is eye-like. It is like a blind eye, with an all-black iris. The little plastic dome might be observing us, or not, it's usually impossible to tell for sure. In the modern city, umpteen blacked-out eye-balls watch over us. The shiny little lumps are watching.

(8 November 2019)