farm blog post imageAs economic woes hit rural communities, farmers are turning to technology to keep their land secure. In an instantly famous spot from this year’s Super Bowl, renowned Midwestern radio personality Paul Harvey intones, “On the 8th day… God made a farmer.” And on the 9th day, the farmer began worrying about his livelihood — and looking for innovative ways to protect it.

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Kathy’s Law Passed – Restraining Orders to be Strengthened with GPS Tracking

San Diego’s state assembly committee has passed a bill that would place GPS tracking devices on domestic violence offenders. The bill is named for Kathy Scharbarth, who was strangled outside her home last year by an ex-boyfriend a few days after she obtained a restraining order against him. Had the restraining order been enforced and monitored via a GPS tracker, Kathy would still be alive today. This bill also orders the tracked offender to pay all GPS service fees.

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Imagine getting lost on a road and pulling into a random town to ask for directions. But the moment you pull in you’re instantly pulled over by police officers for a crime you committed years ago, or just because someone with whom you had an altercation years ago lives there; either way, you didn’t do anything wrong. How can this be possible?

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Night vision or infrared cameras are an amazing piece of technology that give us the ability to see in the dark; an ability unavailable to humans until about 40 years ago. But one drawback of night vision is that the footage is never in color, but is instead always displayed in shades of green or grayscale. That’s all about to change, as a Japanese company is working on bringing real color to night vision cameras and forever getting rid of the “green vision” the old cameras have given us.

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With the advent of security cameras for business use, criminals have been looking for new ways to go undetected. Most, if not all, businesses install surveillance gear as high as possible to get a better panorama of their stores, and keep the cameras out of vandals’ reach. Ever crafty, however, criminals have found a fine way to skirt the surveillance: simply wearing hats and hooded sweatshirts.

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megapixAdaptive Imaging Technologies, an Israeli start-up company, has recently revealed its newest and most powerful surveillance camera. Unlike traditional cameras that are used for surveillance purposes, and even for professional photography, most typical cameras have a resolution that is around 1-15 megapixels. However, this new camera, also known as the “panoramic telescope” has a resolution of 1,000 megapixels or 1 GigaPixel.

Mouli Cohen, an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast notes that, “Although one GigaPixel would be overkill for conventional uses, a security system would be able to use it to zoom in and produce clear images of fine details like a small object in a man’s hand, or distinguishing marks on his clothing.”

This would be overkill for a traditional surveillance system that uses several cameras to watch over an area, but in this case, just one of these cameras can replace an entire surveillance system. The way that it will work is that the camera is able to see a panoramic (360°) view and it can zoom in on multiple points at once, such as a security checkpoint, all the emergency exits and the check in counter. An operator can even choose to set the camera to only look at faces.

“Because of this feature,” Cohen says, “One single camera can take the place of a multi-camera security system at a transportation hub or national border.

With technology improving and getting cheaper as time goes by, these types of cameras will most likely one day replace conventional security systems.

(Via News.Yahoo)

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21cameraxlarge1As the weather gets warmer, and the summer tourism and nightlife start up, Baltimore’s mayor and the top police commander are beginning to implement a new strategy to help deter street crime. This new strategy involves using technology to better monitor the streets and get the police officers to the area where a crime is happening as fast as possible.

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