1c1b0a_030210crimenl03This week Boston police unveiled their new high tech real time surveillance center. This fusion center will provide officers with data from surveillance video footage, data from gunshot detection technology and resources in real time so that law enforcement can rush to the scene of a crime.

The Real Time Crime Center is being staffed by detectives and five civilian analysts whose jobs include monitoring video from city surveillance cameras, monitoring alerts from the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter, monitoring radio communications, and using mapping technology and other databases. The center monitors a total of 84 cameras that are located by city evacuation routes, and the center can also access surveillance images on Transportation Department cameras.

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etrainIn order to continue lowering crime rates, New York City’s MTA put their first surveillance cameras in four subway cars of the E train Monday. The trial surveillance system, which is in effect for one year, will be used to document images of the train’s passenger regions. It is not meant to record the every moment of passengers in real-time. These recordings can provide physical evidence of criminal activities or terrorism attempts and can help immensely in investigating and prosecuting criminals.

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Doris Payne

Doris Payne

79 year old Doris Payne was arrested in 2005 after being caught on a security camera stealing a $30K diamond ring from Neiman Marcus at the Stanford Shopping Center. It turned out that Doris was actually lifelong criminal whose exciting exploits had traversed the globe. Her story even made it’s way to Hollywood where it became the subject of a movie starring Halle Berry. The movie, entitled, “Who is Doris Payne?” is scheduled to be released later this year.

Now it seems like they’re going to have reshoot the ending of the film. Just a few months after having completed her prison sentence, Doris is suspected of steeling a $2,300 Burberry trench coat at Saks Fifth Avenue. It might not have been as expensive an item as most of her previous thefts were, but because Doris is still on parole, it doesn’t look good for the aging criminal.

(Via the LA Times and Mercury News)

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article-1243989-07e3d4e3000005dc-92_634x286Lorrain Andrews, a severely disabled women in Bristol, England, knew something was awry when money from her purse kept going missing. Because Lorraine can’t even get out of her bed without help, she knew that she would need help to catch the thief in the act. As a result, she set up a surveillance camera inside her home.

The camera ended up recording her aid, Jane Hoy, stealing from her purse and rugsack a total of 8 times in just a period of a little over two weeks. Lorrain suspects that during the past year or so, over 2000 pounds have already been stolen from her.

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mav As always, the military is working on creating smarter, smaller, stealthier, and more lethal weapons and tools. But from all the military drones that they have created so far, this latest class of drones beats all the others. This new class is the Micro Air Vehicle MAV. Designed to be the size of a bug or a bird, the MAV uses nature’s flapping wings method of flight to better get around an urban terrain and better adjust to the gusts of wind created by obstructions like building. Aside from flying like an insect or bird, the MAV will be designed to also look like them to avoid suspicion.

The MAVs will be used for many different purposes ranging from surveillance missions, marking threats and points of interest, and all the way to taking out targets by sneaking up on them and then detonating explosives built into them. Researchers say these drones will also be able to work in swarms and communicate with each other to better carry out missions and create a “big picture” of the mission they are on.

As for powering the MAVs, researchers say that they might be able to charge from the sun, wind energy, power-lines, or vibrating machinery, and be able to go on missions for days or weeks at a time.

(Via DesignWorldOnline)

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military-jetsAside from just the military drones that have an unprotected video feed that anyone can hack into, it has now become apparent that all of the video feeds from the military are unprotected and can be seen by anyone that wants to. The military initially developed the Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver, or ROVER for short, in 2002 to let the troops on the ground download footage from the Predator drones and AC-130 gunships as it was taken. Since then, every military airplane has been equipped with a ROVER system.

Since this technology proved so very useful to the soldiers, the military tried to field test it and make it accessible to the soldiers as fast as possible, causing them to send it out to the field with some bugs.

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alqaida-africa In an effort to address the health concerns of troops stationed in the harsh desert climate of the Middle East, the Desert Research Institute in Nevada is getting $1.2 million dollars to use to create a mobile aerosol monitoring system for the Department of Defense.

The goal is to use the surveillance system to collect real time data that will help the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine better understand the relationships between troop exposure to desert dust and other air pollutants, as well as respiratory and other health conditions.

Johann Engelbrecht and Hans Moosmüller are the research professors that have been designated with the task of designing and building the mobile surveillance facility, and initial testing will be done at the DRI Reno campus. This initiative is funded from part of about $90 million that has been designated for Nevada on behalf of the U.S. Senate in an effort to create more jobs in the state.

(Via RGJ)

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bigfoot1211Tim Kedrowski, a 55-year-old salesman from Rice, Minnesota is skeptic about what he managed to snap a photo of, but the picture doesn’t lie. There was a large, black creature, that is about 7 feet tall walking right by. This creature is notoriously known as Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, but the most surprising part is how far away this was from where most other Bigfoot sighting have been. In the past people have mostly reported seeing Bigfoot around the northwester part of the United States, not the east.

This does not look like a hoax set up by the man, since it was taken with a motion activated camera that was set up to see what animals will trigger it. The only people that knew where the camera was installed, were the man’s two adult sons, who were far away from there that night. Also, his sons are not nearly as big as the 7 foot creature that the camera recorded. The man also reported that the two elderly men who live closest to the site told him that late that night they had gone outside to use their outhouse and had heard strange squealing noises that came from the direction of where the camera was.

“I can’t sit here and tell you I’m a 100 percent believer, but I’m a little less skeptical than I was before… You don’t go deer hunting looking for this kind of thing” said Tim Kedrowski.

Scientists, no doubt, will scoff as they always do about the idea of Bigfoot existing, but Kedrowski’s photo of the big lug, more formally known as Sasquatch, has given believers renewed hope that the creature might really exist.

(Via StarTribune)

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underwearthiefA copycat underwear thief has recently surfaced in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Probably taking a cue from English mayor Ian Stanford, who was busted for sifting through and trying on his resident’s underwear in the middle of the night, this thief is targeting college campuses.

Only targeting females, the thief has been spotted but has yet to be caught. “On Friday, a friend entered a woman’s apartment to find a man hiding in a shower holding a bag. The man ran away but, the next morning, the woman who lives in the apartment discovered her bras, underwear and bathing suit tops were missing from a laundry basket”

Slippery Rock police have reported a total of $400 worth of undergarments stolen.

(Via Lebanon Daily News)

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