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Proposal status: Inactive (inactive)
Proposed by: otih
Tagging: surveillance=indoor
Applies to: all
Definition: For indoor, public viewing, whole building video surveillance

Draft started: 2008-07-08
Proposed on: 2008-07-08


The surveillance tag is for nodes and areas which are under video surveillance.

Proposed Icon: Cctv.svg

  viewBox="0 0 40 40"
    <svg:rect fill="black" width="40" height="40" x="0" y="0" rx="7.5" ry="7.5" />
    <svg:path fill="white" d="M 9.75,7.75 L 4.25,18.75 L 22.25,27.25 L 33.25,19.75 L 9.75,7.75 z " />
    <svg:path fill="white" d="M 32.25,21.25 L 28.25,29.25 L 30.25,30.25 L 34.25,22.25 L 32.25,21.25 z " />
    <svg:path fill="white" d="M 31.25,21.75 L 25.25,26.25 L 28.25,27.75 L 31.25,21.75 z " />
    <svg:path fill="white" d="M 18.75,0 L 18.75,11.25 L 21.25,12.5 L 21.25,0 L 18.75,0 z " />


  • in banks etc. are often more than one surveillance cam, so the whole area should tagged as being under surveillance, not only each cam ...

See also: Proposed features/Surveillance.

  • imho would be beneficial to be able to add details about the owner of the camera (surveillance_owner=?) Atomoil 00:57, 30 December 2008 (UTC)
  • also Proposed features/Surveillance points to using website=* when the camera is available as a webcam (although personally I'd prefer uri:webcam=* as discussed in Proposed_features/External_links) Atomoil 00:57, 30 December 2008 (UTC)
  • I'm considering new ways of looking at this. We could choose surveillance=* with * being the web address leading to the webcam. We could also choose website:webcam=*. Logictheo 10:50, 30 August 2009 (UTC)


All cameras should be tagged with all available contact information via the contact=* and operator=* tags.

Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
surveillance indoor area node buildings with surveillance, indoor-use (banks, museums, ...), typically with more than one cam 30px‎
Security Camera.JPG
surveillance outdoor area node Courtyard under surveillance (possibly with more than one cam). Example: train stations, fuel stations, parking areas, door signs. Cctv.svg
Between Belem and Alcantara (41775562034).jpg
surveillance public node surveillance cams on public places, generally controlled or delegated by some governmental organisation, like on market places, highway=pedestrian 30px‎
Überwachungskamera 01.jpg
surveillance traffic nodewayarea Surveillance cams to ensure the unobstructed operation of car traffic.
surveillance red_light Use Relation:enforcement instead! node Surveillance cams for prosecute red light driving of crossings.
surveillance level_crossing Use Relation:enforcement instead! Surveillance cams for prosecute crossing level_crossings without stopping. (Seen & mapped one of them in Lithuania)
surveillance speed_camera use Relation:enforcement instead! Surveillance cams for prosecute speeding. Either as single points or for section controle. Should slowly replace highway=speed_camera for single points and amenity=speed_trap (Proposed_features/Speed_trap) for section controle, both has to be used parallel for a while. Fixed speed camera.png
Speed camera.jpg
surveillance transportation nodewayrelation Surveillance in busses and trains to ensure the unobstructed operation of public transport.
surveillance webcam node A private camera that is reachable via Internet. In addition contact:webcam=* should be used.

Cameras for traffic enforcement

See also