New York City Police Department documents obtained by The Verge show that police camera teams were deployed to hundreds of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street protests from 2011–2013 and 2016. Originally acquired through a Freedom of Information Law request by New York attorney David Thompson of Stecklow, Cohen & Thompson, the records are job reports from the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) that document over 400 instances in which the unit’s video team attended, and sometimes filmed, demonstrations. More important than the records the NYPD turned over, however, are those that it claims it cannot find: namely, any documents demonstrating that legal reviews and authorizations of these surveillance operations took place.
Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), an innovator in artificial intelligence and robotics and master distributor for SMP Robotics Systems Corp., announced it is enhancing its complete line of autonomous robotic guards with the NVIDIA Jetson embedded computing platform. Using NVIDIA Jetson, an embedded AI supercomputer ideal for intelligent machines, RAD robotics can achieve higher levels of autonomy, while adding advanced people and vehicle detection on the moving robot.
In the face of growing reports of threats on Jewish people and institutions nationwide, the Community Security Service (CSS) is launching a new app called the Jewish Security Application (JSA). JSA empowers individuals to report suspicious activity and document anti-Semitic incidents quickly and accurately from their smartphones. JSA also provides a panic button to alert local authorities to immediate threats.
A Capital One survey found that more than half (52 percent) of security professionals see video surveillance as the technology trend that will have the biggest impact on their businesses in the coming year – a significant increase from 2015 when only 23 percent of respondents answered similarly. Growth of interconnected devices (the “Internet of Things”) was cited as the next most significant trend at 28 percent.
A surveillance camera now under development will use a multispectral imaging (MSI) platform to capture and reveal information about coastal, road, and environmental situations, such as invisible gases or fire sources through dense fog. In contrast to current MSI cameras, which have bulky filter wheels and sensors that require cooling, this device will be designed to weigh less than two kg and will be able to capture images of moving objects in real-time.
FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced the identiFINDER® R100 personal radiation detector, the latest addition to its industry-leading identiFINDER R-Series handheld radiation security solutions. The belt-worn R100 integrates networking capabilities to safeguard first responders, law enforcement, and military and security personnel by delivering immediate radiation threat alarms and providing automatically-generated radiation dose rate reports to offer increased situational awareness to central command personnel.
Police in Beaverton (Ore.) have launched a security camera registration initiative here in an effort to fight crime, including acts of terrorism. “Surveillance video is huge,” Beaverton Police Officer Jeremy Shaw told KATU News about the potential for surveillance video to help solve crimes and find suspects. “I mean it puts those people at that […]
Patriot’s NForce CMR1000 is the world’s most advanced technology for covert screening and detection of concealed weapons. CMR1000 identifies threats by database comparison of known weapons profiles, and by detection of concealed irregular object mass. Unlike millimeter wave units in use currently, the CMR1000 is far less expensive, easily concealed, and utilizes a single scan for detection, as compared to the numerous scans required by large, expensive and manned static installations.
Automated road traffic management systems, surveillance systems and storage for the vast amount of data being generated will make up a core part of the future smart city infrastructure. Much of this information is sensitive so the storage technology used needs to be the best available. Understanding how storage works and how end users can access it is now the focus for storage companies as they look to facilitate the adoption of cloud-based data centers. As smart cities grow, video surveillance is set to become a key target for storage companies over the next few years and as the cost of network video surveillance cameras drops below $100 so the cost of implementation will fall. As a result, the most difficult task for storage companies is ensuring the cost of storage or cost per gigabyte falls in-line with this while maintaining high standards of performance, compliance and security over those data management and storage systems.
Video technology and terrorism have in many ways revolutionized American policing. Since 9/11, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has built up a network of some 8,000 surveillance cameras constantly on watch over its streets, tunnels, and bridges. And this week police were able to glean information from grainy captured images, identify a suspect behind last week’s pressure-cooker terror bombing, Ahmad Khan Rahami, and then capture him quickly within a 48-hour span. But what some might call the brave new world of video surveillance has had its flip side, too. Dashboard camera technology, the growing use of clipped-on body cams, and of course the presence of civilian smartphones – each has become part of a rough-and-ready system of checks and balances between police and civilians, operating now in a fast-evolving landscape in which proliferating digital lenses record more and more encounters on the street.