$50.6 MILLION STIMULUS GRANT TO BUILD BAY AREA PUBLIC SAFETY BROADBAND NETWORK
The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Mayor Newsom announced the award of a $50.6 million grant to build a broadband communications network for Bay Area public safety agencies. This network is one the first of its kind in the nation to be built utilizing the 700MHz spectrum, recently vacated by television stations.
The grant will fund the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) project, which will provide Bay Area emergency responders with a dedicated and prioritized broadband communications system. The system will allow fire, police and other public safety officials to transmit information more quickly and efficiently, during both day-to-day operations and major emergencies. For example, new broadband applications can enable responders to view the layout of a burning building before entering it or transmit video images from an accident scene.
From California Chronicle, August 21, 2010
North Jersey getting $40 million for wireless public safety network
The federal government is providing $40 million toward a new wireless public safety network in North Jersey, the state’s two senators and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. announced today.
Some 167 law enforcement agencies and 224 fire departments in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic and Union counties are expected to use the network. The system is planned to build off an existing network of state-owned transmission towers and fiber optic lines, Pascrell said.
From North Jersey.com, August 18, 2010
Gloucester (MA) mayor wants review of port surveillance cameras
Concerned that installation of a network of new video surveillance cameras throughout downtown and the waterfront caught the community off guard, Mayor Carolyn Kirk is calling for a public review of the city’s new port security system.
Although the details of a public forum on the subject of public surveillance have yet to be worked out, Kirk said she hoped it would take the form of a hearing before the City Council or another public meeting in the coming weeks.
From Boston Herald, August 17, 2010
India railway cops call for more video surveillance
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has sought for more Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and monitors on the central railway line under the Rs 2172.13-lakh Integrated Security Service (ISS) project. The RPF says the present number is not sufficient to monitor the number of people commuting on the Central Railway.
From Security InfoWatch, August 17, 2010
Surveillance Cameras and the Right to Privacy
Every minute a car is stolen. Every day across the country 44 people are murdered and nearly 3,800 are victims of violent crimes. While crime usually rises during a recession, that's not the case now. Nationwide, violent crimes are down 5.5 percent. Crimes like murder declined 7.2 percent, robbery 8.1 percent, motor vehicle theft down 17.2 percent.
Law enforcement officials say the increased use of high-tech tools to fight crime is a big reason why.
From CBS News, August 13, 2010
Seattle Cuts Red Tape by Putting Public Safety Antennas Atop Public Housing
Placing wireless antennas and towers throughout a city can be a bureaucratic nightmare. Few citizens want 60- to 70-foot structures planted in front of their homes.
Some cities like Seattle are finding ways to altogether avoid this common "not in my backyard" conundrum. Seattle Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier struck a deal with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) to install Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless antennas atop the SHA's public housing, many of which are apartment buildings. Fire stations in some parts of the city will also take the antennas.
From Digital Communities, August 12, 2010
New York City to install more subway surveillance cameras
About 1,000 subway security cameras will be set up by the end of next year to help catch New York subway criminals, local media reported on Monday.
There are now 3,100 subway security cameras in operation, including about 900 that went online in June. Another thousand will be set up by the end of next year to help solve subway crimes, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) told the local media.
From Security InfoWatch, August 10, 2010
Technology Bolsters Arizona's Border Security Efforts
Before 2007, the Sheriff's Department in Pima County, Ariz., had no border crime unit and no official operation to track and seize illegal immigrants sneaking into the U.S.
But that would change. By mid-2007, the border crime unit came into existence, supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's regional efforts to secure one of the busiest sectors on the Southwest border.
From Digital Communiities, August 10, 2010
State grant funds can be used to maintain previously purchased homeland security equipment
The House Committee on Homeland Security has approved legislation that would enable state, local and tribal governments to use a portion of their homeland security grant monies to maintain their previously purchased equipment.
From Government Security News, July 27, 2010
Homeland security market to grow at more than 5% annually, concludes HSRC
The combined U.S. market for homeland security products and services – purchased by federal, state and local governments, the intelligence community and the private sector – will increase from $69 billion in 2010 to $84 billion in 2014 – a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of at least 5.1 percent.
From Governmenty Security News, July 22, 2010