System-77 Civil Counter-Reconnaissance
is a tactical urban counter-surveillance systems for ground
controlled UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and airborne drones to monitor
The violence of classical theatres of battle is overshadowed by the rise of
low intensity conflicts in highly developed societies of capitalist
democracies. The increasing privatization of security in this all-pervading
omni directional new style of confrontation asks for solutions towards
transparency and a balance of power. To allow for equilibrium of skills in
surveillance and a broad education of the public in control technologies,
access to a technology for the people seems necessary. In respect to abuse
of civil and human rights defensive public intelligence is well advised to
use advanced techniques of crime mapping and spatial representation of
conflict. Coordinated alternative electronic intelligence efforts can create
a fluid gaze for top view assessment of structural social conflicts.
Self-protective tools of risk assessment in the hands of independent
citizens are a prerequisite for confronting challenges of global risk
environments and civil conflicts.
Semiautomatic geographic information applications can analyze street
deployment of hostile elements or containment units for civil society
conflict analysis. Biometric surveillance methods for the security of the
cultural and political active citizen allow the tagging of government
representatives and business agents. The observation of police forces or
riot control units can give a tactical advantage in mass demonstrations and
acts of civil disobedience.
Recent public conflicts have made it clear that technology for independent
monitoring of operations is necessary for staying on top of developments and
news but also for issues of legal procedures and court cases.
consortium has chosen Vienna as a first testing ground for its
airborne public intelligence and reconnaissance service and installs its
first functional tactical command hub on a central square in the historic
city. Included in the installation is demo-ware that demonstrates the
tactical use of S-77 in the civil unrest of the year 2000 in Vienna.
Instead of Seattle, Genoa and Geneva the protest movement of Vienna after
the installation of a rightwing government has been the model for S-77
operation planning routines. The spectrum of activities and specifically the
extreme mobility of the actors have been a foremost reason to select this
manifestation of civil protests as representative for demonstration
The Civil Counter-Reconnaissance unit will be on display for an interested
public from 13th Mai 2004 on Karlsplatz, Vienna.