Public Safety Drones

Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College: Drones are no longer a novelty item among law enforcement and public safety departments. The same small unmanned aircraft systems that have been popular among hobbyists and commercial users are now sought after by a growing number of agencies throughout the United States. Our research suggests that at least 347 state and local police, sheriff, re, and emergency units have acquired drones in the past several years. More acquisitions took place in 2016 than in the previous years combined, and the pace of acquisitions shows no signs of slowing down. In a survey of open source literature and public records, we have assembled the most comprehensive, publicly-avail- able account of law enforcement and public safety departments that are reported to have acquired drones.

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Digital Barriers Releases Live Facial Recognition System For Body-Worn Cameras


Digital Barriers has released SmartVis Identifier, which the company calls the world’s first live facial recognition system for body worn law enforcement cameras. The company integrated its EdgeVis and SmartVis technologies to provide defense, security, and law enforcement agencies with real-time facial recognition against multiple watchlists and databases. The SmartVis facial recognition technology, which was previously available for standard smartphones, has now been adapted to run live on Digital Barriers’ body worn cameras designed for frontline law enforcement. Combined with mobile live streaming solution EdgeVis, it makes streaming from body worn devices both operationally and financially viable.

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New Technology Speeds Up Hybrid Fiber-Wireless Networks


You might be thinking that the only way to speed up hybrid fiber-wireless networks is to expand the capacity of the wireless link. It turns out that’s just one option. A consortium of innovative thinkers from academia, equipment, and service providers has joined to eliminate another speed throttling part of the network, the termination unit or mux/demux. In January 2017, the IPHOBAC-NG consortium delivered optical 2.5 Gbit/s GPON over millimeter wave wireless without using any termination or mux/demux units between the fiber and wireless networks. They did this by developing photonic to millimeter-wave converter, which speeds up the network, simplifies networking, and lowers costs by eliminating the termination units.

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Conduent Incorporated Secures Facial Expression Recognition Technology Patents


Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT) has been awarded a U.S. patent for technology that automatically recognizes facial expressions using images from low resolution cameras. Since becoming an independent public company on December 31, 2016, the company has been awarded more than 20 patents, with several related to computer vision technology. Automatic facial expression recognition technology builds on Conduent’s expertise in computer vision techniques and enables the company to pursue commercial opportunities in multiple industries.

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ASSA ABLOY Utilizes BILT Mobile App To Assist With Simple, Accurate Installations


ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions is simplifying the installation of its door and opening products through interactive 3D models. These step-by-step instructions make installations easier, ensure products are installed properly, and store warranties for future reference. The mobile BILT app is free to download on Apple and Android and provides access to Intelligent Instructions™ for ASSA ABLOY products. The instructions are fully-interactive, voice narrated step-by-step guides that simplify installation and shorten the time it takes to accomplish the job. They remove the guess-work when attempting to interpret paper instructions.

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Global Video Surveillance Storage Market Growth Rate To 2022

surveillance_storage adds a new report 2012-2022 Global Video Surveillance Storage Industry Report to its research database. The Report includes 149 pages with tables and figures. This report is an essential reference for those who look for detailed information on global Video Surveillance Storage market. The report covers data on national, regional, and global markets including historical and future trends for supply, demand, prices, trading, competition as well as global major vendors’ information.

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Delaware Turns To High Schoolers To Bolster Cybersecurity Workforce


A new scholarship platform is designed to take advantage of a booming industry and boost the state’s cybersecurity talent pool. In a two-pronged approach to cultivate tech talent and create jobs, Delaware has launched a $650,000 cybersecurity training and scholarship program for high school and college students. Officials hope to use the initiative to capitalize on the surge of job growth for cybersecurity professionals by offering students 16 years or older a new education platform called CyberStart that teaches IT security and provides students opportunities to compete for state scholarships. This includes $500,000 for cybersecurity education at the college level and $150,000 for other types of cybersecurity education.

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Man Wrongly Jailed Can’t Sue Cops Who Ignored His Video Alibi

Retail Gets Its Shrink On

This would seem to be a simple case, a real no-brainer, based on the opening statement of an opinion by a federal appeals court judge. “Rasheed Waters sat in jail for more than a year awaiting trial for a crime he did not commit,” wrote Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. “He had a verifiable alibi, based on video surveillance, which he claims the arresting officer ignored.” After viewing that video, a Montgomery County judge promptly dismissed the burglary charges that had kept Waters behind bars so unnecessarily. So, Waters can sue the cops for his troubles, right? – No.

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Security Industry Veteran Establishes Autonomous Security Association


In order to promote and advance autonomous security vehicles –ground, marine, and aerial– a security industry veteran is announcing the formation of the Autonomous Security Association. This trade association is a focused venue for autonomous security technology partners and market experts working with surveillance and security robotics to advance the understanding and awareness of the autonomous security marketplace. Autonomous Security Association focuses on the unmanned vehicles and robotics industry and supports all forms of platforms including ground, air, and marine vehicles coupled with a broad spectrum of robotic initiatives including commercial, medical, military, personal, and industrial security applications.

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Knightscope K5 ‘Drowns’ In Fountain Mishap


On Monday, a Knightscope K5 security robot in Washington DC suffered a watery demise after falling into a fountain. The mishap was spotted by passers-by whose photos of the aftermath quickly went viral on social media. Onlookers at the office complex discovered a curious sight: the body of a security robot, floating face-down in a fountain. The Knightscope K5 autonomous security ground vehicle is able to “detect unusual activity and report it for humans to investigate,” according to the company’s website.

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