If Julian Assange ever escapes from the Peruvian embassy he may not want – as a fugitive on the run – to eat at Popeyes. And, if he absolutely must have chicken-and-sausage jambalaya, then he better think about paying in cash. Wali Enterprises, a leading Popeyes franchisee, will be rolling out a new video surveillance system – Envysion Insight – to all of their locations.
Already used by dozens of fast food restaurants, Envision Insight allows cash registers to be integrated with video monitoring systems. Now, instead of scanning thousands of hours of CCTV footage, security staff (or the interested police officer) can simply enter a receipt number to call-up a specific section of archived video. And, since receipt numbers are matched to credit and debit cards which match to personal names, it shouldn’t be too hard to get footage of your comings and goings at many retail outlets. What’s more, the footage lives “in the cloud.” In other words, video data from all participating retailers is effectively lumped into a central, national repository; one-stop shopping for the surveillance state. This video from the company shows how the system works.
According to Envision’s website, retail locations that have deployed the surveillance system include Baskin & Robbins, Big Lots, Burger King, Carls’ Jr., Chevron, Chik-fil-a, Chilis, Chipotle, Courtyard by Marriott, Dairy Queen, Del Taco, Denny’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Einstein Bros Bagels, El Pollo Loco, Five Guys, Hardee’s, IHOP, Jimmy John’s, Krispy Kreme, Quiznos, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Manhattan Bagel, Sheraton, Sbarro, Taco Bell, TGI Friday’s and many more. In other words, as long as you spend money, there’s an instantly accessible video archive of your life. Smile!
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