Mom and Pop Go Big Brother

AT&T rolls out surveillance equipment for small businesses
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2007 12:16 PM CST
AT&T will introduce a nationwide program that gives owners of small businesses some of the same tools big security companies offer for monitoring employees from remote locations.   (Getty Images (by Event))
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(Newser) – AT&T will sell technology that allows small businesses to remotely monitor their employees and places of business over the Internet. The Remote Monitor program lets a user check cameras, sensors, and other gadgets in real time over the net. “It is Big Brother, but in this day and age, you need these type of tools," says a Texas restaurant owner.

The system can help check on insurance claims, monitor equipment, and keep an eye on potentially lazy employees, reports the New York Times. “It’s a unique and affordable option for a small business that wants to keep in touch with various locations,” says an AT&T exec.