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House passes Patriot Act after initial defeat
The House of Representatives approved a nine-month extension of the Patriot Act on Feb. 14, after voting it down the week before. A vote on Feb. 8 fell just short of a two-thirds majority approval needed from the House. However, on Feb. 14, a vote was taken under regular rules and the measure passed by a simple majority of 275 to 144. An unlikely coalition of Republicans and Democrats voted Feb. 8 not to renew the measure until some of the broad surveillance provisions in it were debated more thoroughly.
From Government Security News, February 14, 2011

State and local public safety agencies to spend more than $6 billion annually on IT systems by 2015
Demand for vendor-furnished information systems and services by U.S. state and local public safety agencies will increase from $5.3 billion in 2010 to $6.1 billion in 2015, bringing $800 million in new spending to the market. A new report from Input, a market research firm, entitled State & Local Justice/Public Safety and Homeland Security Market, 2010-2015, shows a total of $34.3 billion in IT expenditures is predicted to come from the nearly $1.8 trillion in total operational spending by law enforcement, courts and prison systems.
From Government Security News, February 14, 2011

ACLU Urges Chicago to Halt Adding New Surveillance Cameras
Following the release of a report critical of Chicago’s integrated surveillance camera system, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois is urging a moratorium on the placement of new surveillance cameras in the city. The report—Chicago’s Video Surveillance Cameras: A Pervasive and Unregulated Threat to Our Privacy—says the actual number of cameras is not known, but Chicago officials do not dispute that the city “has access to 10,000 publicly and privately owned cameras.”
From Government Video, February 11, 2011

Video surveillance used more by small towns
Surveillance video cameras are sprouting in midsized communities across the USA as police borrow the crime-fighting tool from big metro areas. Saginaw, Mich. (population 55,238), last year installed 17 video cameras at a water/skate park and plans to add more by June in other parts of the city, says Mayor Greg Branch. "Crime for us is trending downward, but we still have a lot more crime than we want," he says. Another factor: Cameras are cheaper than hiring more cops.
From USA Today, February 09, 2011

Video Section in Revised Airport Security Guidance Mostly Untouched
An updated version of a document providing “standards and guidelines” for airport access control systems includes a chapter on video, but that section remains the same—except for some minor changes—as the current standard, says the panel conducting the revision. Under a Federal Aviation Administration contract, the RTCA—a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management system issues—convened Special Committee 224, which revised sections of “DO-230B” the “Integrated Security Standard for Airport Access Control.”
From Government Video, February 09, 2011

ACLU calls for ban on new Chicago surveillance cameras
The City of Chicago’s integrated surveillance camera system poses a pervasive and unregulated threat to privacy and it shouldn’t be expanded until the city imposes some rules on its use, said the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.
From Government Security News, February 08, 2011

Asia to dominate market for video surveillance systems
Asia was the world's biggest market for video surveillance systems last year, representing 48 per cent of global spending on CCTV, new research shows. According to RNCOS's Global CCTV Market Analysis (2008-2012) report, Asia was followed by the Americas and Europe
From WaveStore, February 04, 2011

Smartphone Application Will Give Campus Police a Virtual Look at an Incident
Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) are about to begin beta testing a smartphone application that will stream audio and video from a 911 caller to the campus’s emergency dispatch center. The application, called V911, allows users to contact a public safety dispatcher with the touch of a button. Activating the application establishes a connection with a public safety dispatcher who sees and hears what is going on at the scene. The application also provides the dispatcher with the identity and location of the smartphone.
From Emergency Management, February 02, 2011

Colorado State researches innovative bio and video detection technologies
Colorado State University is using over $8 million in Defense Department grants to develop bomb-detecting capabilities in plants and smart video surveillance systems. CSU’s Department of Biology said it is developing ways to “teach” certain plants to change color when in the presence of explosive materials, while another CSU researcher is teaching computers to “learn” from what they see and spit out physical descriptions that can be shared quickly and remotely.
From Government Security News, January 31, 2011

CBP begins implementing its updated border security strategy
Having cancelled its much-maligned SBInet surveillance program along the U.S.-Mexican border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is back on the street with a new request for information (RFI) about currently existing commercial off-the-shelf surveillance systems that could operate from fixed towers at elevated sites and provide “persistent wide area surveillance” that could detect humans and vehicles moving across an area of approximately 25 miles deep by 20 to 35 miles wide.
From Government Security News, January 31, 2011

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