FCC to establish advisory panels for its new ERIC
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has empowered the chief of its Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to establish advisory bodies – and select the appropriate members of those bodies – to help implement its new Emergency Response Interoperability Center, nicknamed ERIC.
From Government Security News, May 20, 2010
Motorola unveils public safety communications plan
Motorola Inc. on Tuesday signaled its intention to further expand into the business of modernizing the communications systems of public safety agencies.
Motorola, a maker of products ranging from wireless devices to set-top boxes, said its products would link older systems with a mobile broadband network for faster and more seamless communication between personnel in the field and command centers.
From Business Week, May 18, 2010
FCC Waivers and Funding Could Fuel Nationwide Public Safety Network
With the 700 MHz D Block not scheduled for auction until 2011, the FCC took a significant step on May 12 toward building a nationwide public safety network for use by first responders when it announced conditional approval for 21 petitions from cities and counties across the country to begin the process of building their own Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
From Emergency Management, May 18, 2010
Live surveillance cams let the public help watch for illegal aliens and fight border crime
The Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition (TBSC) is making it possible for ordinary citizens to join in the effort to protect America's border with Mexico through a network of Web-based live video surveillance cameras placed along the border.
From Examiner.com, May 14, 2010
New U Illinois Surveillance System Includes Officer iPod App
Police at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will be purchasing a new surveillance camera management system and outfitting its officers with an iPod app that will give them access to the video images.
From Campus Technology, May 14, 2010
High speed wireless video for Mumbai's subway
When we hear about real-time surveillance, it's often associated with fixed cameras around a facility, monitored in a basement room by on-duty security officers. But what about getting real-time video off of moving vehicles that are moving at upwards of 50 miles per hour?
That's the challenge that the Mumbai, India, metro transit system faced as it has been developing a modern addition to its existing train/subway transit lines. The transit administrators wanted to have real-time video from inside the train cars themselves routed back to a command center for live security monitoring.
From Security Info Watch, May 13, 2010
Dallas Towing Company Protects Its Drivers
When you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire and see the lights of the tow truck, you feel relief. But when you're parked illegally and see those same lights, the reaction is much different. Some people become violent, and the tow truck drivers are the targets.
From cbs11TV.com, May 13, 2010
Issaquah, WA: Upgrades will allow drivers to check traffic images online
The next time snow blankets Issaquah — and snarls traffic — drivers might be able to check the municipal website for real-time updates from cameras perched throughout the city.
Officials plan to include the traffic images on the city website within the next several months. The cameras — part of the Intelligent Transportation System — allow engineers to monitor traffic at 26 intersections citywide.
The technology does not allow for streaming video to be posted online. Instead, the images will be a series of photos updated every minute or so.
From Issaquah Press, May 11, 2010
Removing speed cameras a mistake
Got your helmet? Your racing gloves? Your re-enforced roll bar? You're going to need them as Gov. Jan Brewer and the Department of Public Safety shut down the state's speed-enforcement cameras, turning the state's highways into an amateur version of Phoenix International Raceway.
The decision to turn off the cameras after July 15 represents a victory for politics over common sense. Every study has shown the cameras work.
From The Arizona Republic, May 10, 2010
NJ: Edison Council President Wants 24-Hour Businesses To Install Cameras
After a spree of gas station robberies – including a few violent incidents – Edison Council President Charles Tomaro is urging every Middlesex County town to require 24-hour businesses to install video surveillance systems.
The Edison Township Council is expected to adopt the ordinance on Wednesday that Tomaro drafted, requiring 24-hour gas stations and convenience stores in town to be equipped with surveillance systems for the protection and safety of their employees.
From NJ Today, May 10, 2010