Talk:Tag:man made=surveillance

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Useful combination: ref and notice


I think that it could be useful if we could specify the reference of the camera: for example with ref=*. This indicates the "serial number" of the camera (as the bus station reference).

Yes do this :-) (See node 366137)--Pyrog (talk) 16:21, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

For the other hand, it could be useful if we could specify if the camera has a "notice" that contains information about operator and that in that zone there are cameras (see this picture). Something like surveillance:sign=yes --Xan 08:37, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

Something like type=globe and other types would be useful. --Bahnpirat 14:41, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

It's a good idea I think. --westfa 11:14, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

Proposed features

Both proposed features are approved, could one sum up the features on this main page? --westfa 11:13, 3 July 2010 (UTC)


Mapnik and osmarender do not render CCTV. render CCTV but i can't make them appear. Is this website updated from osm main database or do i miss something ?

I tag "man_made=surveillance" for example here :

Not in Potlatch2

This is not in Potlatch2. What to do? 03:16, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

You probably mean that there is no icon and no preset (for "simple" mode). Solution: switch to "advanced" mode (bottom left panel) and enter the key and value pair. To get a preset for simple mode programmed, you could add to this list. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 14:12, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Allow tagging of buildings/areas

It is a pain to tag every camera in a building. Therefor it would be intelligent to tag the building as surveilanced. Because e.g. most supermarket have very many cameras and I assume that I am unable to find every camera. Also the whole building is watched so that it makes more sense to me to tag the building instead of the single cameras.

Actually, every shops have camera. What is the interest to map them ? --Pyrog (talk) 16:21, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
I know it's not a recent discussion but I guess tagging a building or an area as surveillanced could improve the rendering of cctv-maps in areas with lots of cameras (e.g. public transport stations/ airports/ etc.) As it is now the field of view of the cameras multiplies and hides all other information on the map. It would even improve the workload for mappers. Yesterday I added around 40 surveillance cameras for one small public transport station. --Mlvln (talk) 14:40, 6 December 2019 (UTC)

Direct URL of the "video" of the camera ?

With this overpass request we could see that usage are :

But sometime website=* link to the website of the shop, not to images from the cam ! This is almost the case for surveillance=indoor see node 247415262

So, I suggest to use man_made=surveillance only on the tag of the camera itself ?

--Pyrog (talk) 16:21, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Try to use URL of the video itself, not URL of the webpage containing the video :

Dead links on page

If you go to the links at the bottom in the rendering section the first seems like a virus the last doesn't exist. I feel they should be removed. Hopefully no one has a problem with this.

Multiple cameras on a single pole

Do we need a proposal for multiple cameras on a single pole or is there a way to do that already. I'd like this to be similar to how street lamps work where we specify an angle for direction of action. --Eternaltyro (talk) 03:02, 9 March 2021 (UTC)


the tag support=* now has a wiki page. it was originally introduced for amenity=clock, but is now also used for pipeline=marker. since the picture on this wiki page features a surveillance camera on a pole, support=* could be useful here. --Rfuegen (talk) 21:03, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Surveilled location

How one may tag type of surveillance in some amenity?

Is it OK to use surveillance=indoor + surveillance:type=camera as property, without man_made=surveillance as the main tag?

Would it be fine to use shop=books + surveillance=indoor + surveillance:type=camera? Without man_made=surveillance - after all this object represent shop, not a camera. Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 10:13, 10 October 2021 (UTC)

I'd say yes, (maybe with surveillance:zone=shop) but the man_made tag clearly means a camera by itself, and shouldn't be combined with the main-object-tag shop. Just MHO. --Kai M. Poppe (talk) 10:45, 10 October 2021 (UTC)

Camera trap

Can this tag be used for camera traps (automatic cameras that take picutre of wild animals if movement is detected)? --*Martin* (talk) 08:30, 6 February 2022 (UTC)

Is that more of a man_made=monitoring_station to record animal activity? With motion sensor. --- Kovposch (talk) 04:36, 7 February 2022 (UTC)

Doorbell cameras

How should doorbell cameras (e.g. Ring) be represented? Is that a camera:type=*?

camera:mount=*, however it doesn't exactly show this is embedded and hidden in the door bell. This illustrates how *:type=* ambiguity is flawed. --- Kovposch (talk) 06:27, 22 May 2022 (UTC)