rapid-photoprintApplied Research Associates just released a new technology system that can potentially replace human watchmen or guard. This system is called RAPID, which stands for Remote Automated Portable Intrusion Detection system. It uses a combination of radar, video and thermal imaging cameras to monitor for intruders and wirelessly communicates with it’s operator or home base.

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mustThe police have long recognized the benefits of an elevated surveillance post, but moving and setting it up is always a hassle that takes quite a bit of time. Now with the invention of the M.U.S.T. (Mobile Utility Surveillance Tower), authorities get both – the ability to get where they are needed quickly, and to get up into an elevated surveillance post in just under two minutes.

The best part is that it is not complicated to operate the M.U.S.T. Technology, and it only requires one person to operate. This is great for crowd control or raids since the vehicle can pull up to the location where it’s needed and without even getting out of the vehicle, the officer can get into the surveillance post, and raise himself to height of over 25 feet.

The post also provides a working platform for a variety of surveillance devices such as digital and/or thermal imaging camera systems, computers, communications or radio equipment, and it can easily hold two people.

The Mobile Utility Surveillance Tower has already been tested and used by multiple law enforcement agencies, which all applaud it for the combination of innovative automotive technology, rapid response and the practicality of a mobile all-terrain surveillance unit.

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subway“If You See Something Say Something” is the motto that is plastered all over the subway stations of NYC. And soon, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be able to see something too, in fact they will be able to see everything.

The MTA plans to place surveillance equipment in one of their newest trains by the end of this year.  While the videos won’t be watched live, they could provide crucial information in criminal cases.

Could this be a new trend, following the MTA surveillance system project in Maryland?  Perhaps, but the MTA wants to first see how the program goes (fiscally, effectiveness, etc.) before it starts to outfit all of the system’s trains with surveillance equipment. If the plan does go through, we think that it will be a great way to make the MTA a safer way to travel, especially late at night and in deserted areas. After all, there is no better deterrent for a criminal than knowing that there is a surveillance system watching him.

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