May 20, 2003 By Government Technology
IBM, announced that it will build a digital video system for the Yakima, Wa., Police Department cruiser fleet, providing officers with the tools needed to capture video of traffic stops and criminal activity in progress. The announcement marks IBM's first contract to build an "in car" digital video system for a law enforcement agency. But the company is currently conducting digital video pilot projects with seven metropolitan police departments across the country. Installed in each of the department's 32 cruisers, the IBM "in car" solution, using Coban Technologies' Video Mobile Data Terminal (VMDT), will collect data via digital video cameras mounted in the cars as well as from audio microphones worn by the police officers. The data will be fed to removable, ruggedized computer hard drives in the vehicles. At the end of an officer's shift, he or she will remove the hard drive, bring it into police headquarters, and upload any recorded evidence into a central data repository capable of storing 3.5 terabytes of data -- the equivalent of nearly 800,000 full-length novels.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Oracle Corp,. announced an expansion of their 20-year strategic alliance to include support for Oracle products on Sun's full line of Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86 and Linux systems. Oracle and Sun have worked together for 20 years to deliver enterprise-class data centers to over 70,000 customers around the world. With this announcement, Sun and Oracle plan to bring the same performance to low-cost, commodity-based computing by introducing standards-based clustered servers as a choice for building data centers.
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