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A surveillance camera or other type of surveillance equipment. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal


A surveillance camera or other types of surveillance equipment. These may be publicly or privately operated, and may be monitoring a public or private space.

How to map

Place a node node at the location of the camera.

Tags to use in combination

  • operator=* - Use this to describe which organization is operating the cameras. Note that the organisation of interest would be the organisation to whom the images belong (specific government, specific enterprise, etc.) For example, operator=Ajuntament de Palma or operator=My Enterprise
  • name=* - for cameras which have a name
  • ref=* - for cameras which have a reference number (example XXX-000)
  • surveillance=indoor/outdoor/public - Type of surveillance. See surveillance=* and the proposal: Proposed features/Key:Surveillance.
  • surveillance:type=camera/guard/ALPR - What is watching
  • surveillance:zone=town/parking/traffic/shop/bank/building/entrance - Zone of the surveillance.
Key Value Element Description
camera:type fixed node A camera normally incapable of moving or rotating (always pointing in a certain direction), only movable by physically adjusting it.
camera:type panning node A camera capable of rotating, either along a set path or through the remote use of a joystick or something along those lines
camera:type dome node A characteristic dome camera, with usually a dark 'glass' dome under which a freely moving camera is situated. Also known as a PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom)


Surveillance is rendered on:

See also