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Real-Life Police Technology Catches up With Science Fiction
mages of the future of police technology were once only found in movies. James Bond's gadgets left audiences awestruck - and wondering when the tools might be used by their state and local law enforcement offices. The time, it turns out, is now.
From Government Technology, April 29, 2010

Northeast Ohio getting stimulus-funded traffic information cameras
The Ohio Department of Transportation is making use of new traffic cameras to be installed around Greater Cleveland and in Akron/Canton. Eighty-three cameras will be installed in Greater Cleveland and 64 are going up around Akron and Canton. They are part of a new information system that will be available to motorists before they depart on www.BuckeyeTraffic.org. Message boards, vehicle detectors and advisory radio stations are also part of the set-up.
From wkyc.com, April 26, 2010

Secrecy Shrouds NYPD's Anti-Terror Camera System
The New York Police Department is spending $160 million in city and federal funding on a massive surveillance network of video cameras and license plate readers for Lower and Midtown Manhattan. Despite the investment of public funds, NYPD refuses to reveal much of what it will purchase under the plan, how the costs are being shared, how data will be stored or used—or even what broad Homeland Security priorities the high-tech system is supposed to support.
From City Limits, April 26, 2010

3-D Technology Helps Emergency Responders Observe Origins of 911 Calls
As 3-D effects continue to pop up in movie theaters worldwide, emergency responders are finding more practical uses for the technology, like in Durham, N.C., where officials have started using 3-D technology to observe the locations of residents in trouble.
From Emergency Management, April 26, 2010

3-D Technology Helps Emergency Responders Observe Origins of 911 Calls
As 3-D effects continue to pop up in movie theaters worldwide, emergency responders are finding more practical uses for the technology, like in Durham, N.C., where officials have started using 3-D technology to observe the locations of residents in trouble. In April, the Durham Emergency Communications Center (DECC), launched advanced tools that show the exact origins of 911 calls in a 3-D, aerial image. Communications officers can view any property, building, highway or other structure in Durham County from 12 different angles, and obtain measurements and elevation from the imagery. This technology is critical when it comes to GIS mapping, transportation and community planning. And in the case of Durham, its usefulness includes missions for first responders, who can better assess the scene of an incident.
From Government Technology - Digital Communities, April 23, 2010

Senators introduce surveillance legislation
Looking to provide protection against surreptitious surveillance in private home, U.S. senators Arlen Specter (D-Penn.), along co-sponsors Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) introduced a bill this week that would amend the Wiretap Act to include silent video images. The bill was brought about on the heels of a Pennsylvania lawsuit in which a student claims the school district spied on him by activating webcams on school-issued laptops. The school district admits to activating the webcams, but say the only did so in an effort to locate lost or stolen computers.
From Security InforWatch, April 22, 2010

Colfax BID (CO) invests in high-tech video surveillance cameras for the strip
Businesses along Colfax Avenue are contributing $180,000 for at least eight high-tech security cameras along Upper Colfax that have the ability to zoom so close into a subject that it can pick up the pores on a person’s skin. The High Activity Location Observation (HALO) cameras will be installed at locations from Grant to Josephine streets.
From Denver Daily News, April 21, 2010

Senators slam border control technology
In his opening statement at the April 20 meeting of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, committee chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) highlighted both the importance of using “technology to control the border” as well as the failure of technology already in use to do so.
From Government Security News, April 21, 2010

Video Surveillance: Manufacturers' perspectives on the year ahead
The rise of high-definition video, enhanced video compression standards and the movement to create open standards in the IP Video market are some of the driving forces behind change in the video surveillance industry in 2010.
From Security InfoWatch, April 20, 2010

Rochester (NY): Cameras may monitor public housing projects
The Rochester Housing Authority is weighing launching a sweeping surveillance program that would use video cameras to monitor its public housing complexes. Upward of 4,600 people live in Rochester public housing, which includes 2,500 units spanning a handful of high-rise apartment buildings, several low-rise developments and about 260 "scattered sites" — single-family houses, duplexes and triplexes — dotting the city.
From Democrat and Chronicle, April 18, 2010

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