Stop or I'll download

Apr 11, 2005

Police in Fresno, Ca., will soon be able to download mug shots and streaming video through computers in their patrol cars and special handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs).
The city of 456,000 in the Golden State’s Central Valley is setting up an emergency communications system designed and built by IBM to deliver information on demand. Linked by microwave transmissions, the new system will allow police officers and headquarters to communicate with each other during traffic stops, foot patrols, criminal investigations and while moving through and around buildings.

The system is designed to allow officers to:

• Download mug shots and live streaming video of suspects and unfolding police situations
• Transmit crime scene images to headquarters
• Access law enforcement databases
• File police reports
• Instant message colleagues in the field and at the station house.

Fresno anticipates that the system will also enable police offers to dispense "e-tickets" for speeding and other infractions, according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

"Police officers need to be outside the cruiser much of the time to do their jobs properly," said Dyer. "It's the best way to build relationships with citizens and to ensure the safety of the officers and the public. This system should empower the officer to perform better on the job."

While the Fresno Police Department's 250 patrol cars currently have a data communications system, it is not encrypted for privacy and is too slow to handle new data types like video. Fresno also expects to install the new system in its police motorcycles, detective vehicles and helicopters.

Explore further: Chest strap heart rate monitor

Related Stories

Dinosaur-times cockroach caught in amber, from Myanmar

17 hours ago

Geologica Carpathica has a paper on a new family of predatory cockroaches. Predatory? The authors, Peter Vrsansky and Günter Bechly, from the Slovak Republic and Germany, respectively, said that "unique adapta ...

Comcast must show what's next after collapse of deal

17 hours ago

Comcast, which reports financial results on Monday, faces some tough questions about what's next for the country's biggest cable company after its dreams of a far-reaching network collapsed with the death of its $45 billion ...

Japan eyeing 26% greenhouse gas cut: officials

17 hours ago

Japan is planning to pledge a 26 percent cut in its greenhouse gas emissions from 2013 levels, ahead of a global summit on climate change this year, officials said Friday.

Recommended for you

Current tech boom is no dot-com bubble, experts say

5 hours ago

Silicon Valley's tech cup runneth over. Job growth is humming, coders are being lionized on HBO, Uber and its shared-economy cohorts are on fire, disrupted innovation is unfolding on every corner. And everyone from downtown ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.