CIO Steve Reneker Discusses How Riverside, Calif., Fights Graffiti with GPS-Enabled Cameras
As CIO of Riverside, Calif., Steve Reneker manages the Department of Information Technology. For the last four years, he's overseen IT projects like the 2008 citywide Wi-Fi deployment, which provides Internet access to more than 3,600 low-income families. Reneker is also executive director of SmartRiverside, a nonprofit charged with creating technology initiatives that benefit the city. Two years ago, Riverside began using GPS-enabled cameras to fight graffiti, which helped the city recoup roughly $126,000.
From Government Technology, May 10, 2010
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office gathers irrefutable evidence with Avigilon HD Surveillance System
“We’ve got to get something better than this.”
That was the opinion of Sheriff John Whetsel , of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma City, OK, as he challenged his Captain of Technology, David Baisden, to find a better video surveillance system to cover the “day rooms” (the common areas outside of the cells) in the detention facility.
From Government Security News, May 10, 2010
UAE hotels step up surveillance
Hotels throughout the United Arab Emirates are spending millions upgrading security surveillance systems following the assassination earlier this year in Dubai of a leading Hamas leader.
“Working with the co-operation of the police, hotels in Dubai in particular are spending a lot on major upgrades of already extensive security systems, in some cases almost doubling the number of cameras,” said Ray Tinston, sales director of The Hotel Show in a press release.
From Arab News, May 09, 2010
Cops get a third digital eye
The giszmos and gadgets from the blockbuster hit Robocop are no longer just a Hollywood fantasy. That’s because Taser International, of Scottsdale, AZ, is currently beta testing a camera it hopes will forever change the way law enforcement officers get their job done.
From GSN Magazine, May 07, 2010
Arizona to shut off highway speed cameras
Arizona's controversial — and widely despised — highway speed cameras are coming down.
The state's Department of Public Safety sent a letter to the cameras' operating company this week, stating that its 2-year contract would not be renewed. The agreement ends July 15, and the cameras will be turned off the next day.
From Los Angeles Times, May 06, 2010
Cleveland gets 1st taste of Ohio's high-tech effort to ease highway commutes
Ohio is going high-tech to ease commuting delays, with cameras, speed and traffic volume sensors and message boards.
The Ohio Department of Transportation calls it the Intelligent Transportation System. It will be paid for with federal stimulus funds and will include 19 cameras and 13 electronic message boards.
From Fox8 News/Associated Press, May 06, 2010
Texas to be U.S. transportation testing ground
Texas is about to become IBM's test subject for a series of telematics transportation technologies with the blessing the U.S. Department of Transportation.
IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano plans to announce the news in Houston on Wednesday at the 20th annual meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA 2010), along with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Texas Transportation Institute Director Dennis Christiansen. The partnership between IBM and Texas will closely follow the federal intelligent transportation research agenda put forth by Secretary LaHood and the Obama administration.
From CNET, May 05, 2010
Times Square bombing attempt reveals limits of video surveillance
With 82 city-owned surveillance cameras and scores of private ones, New York's Times Square may well be among the most scrutinized patches of real estate on Earth. So when a bomb-laden Nissan Pathfinder rolled into the famed plaza Saturday evening, it was inevitable that multiple cameras would pick up the sport-utility vehicle as well as the fidgety middle-aged man who was seen standing near the car, stuffing a shirt into a satchel.
From Washington Post, May 04, 2010
NYC foiled terror attack highlights importance of video surveillance
New York City averted yet another possible terrorist attack, but the incident has shed light on the importance of investing in top-of-the-line video surveillance systems for a city that has become terrorism’s number one target destination.
From Government Security News, May 03, 2010
Take two: Water district relies on wireless to secure remote sites
t’s a security practitioner’s biggest fear: Investing a lot of money in a system that doesn’t work. When the Otay Water District, which has 125 square miles of service area and 50,000 customers, first attempted to install a wireless mesh network to some of its remote locations, the system simply didn’t deliver.
From Security Director News, May 03, 2010