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The cloud-computing supplier has added new features and integrations to its Rapid Damage Assessment tool. The goal is to streamline permitting and inspection and help officials deal with different types of disasters.
A project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed a drone equipped with GPS, an infrared camera and 400 tiny “fireballs” that can be used to ignite prescribed burns from a safe distance.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and California's ACLU chapters have asked more than 70 law enforcement agencies in the state to stop sharing location data from automated license plate readers with agencies in anti-abortion states.
The Walpole Police Department is finalizing its policy for the drone it bought last year. The department has been using it off and on since last summer, and some have voiced privacy concerns about the technology.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order a year ago instructing federal agents to begin wearing body cameras. Today, the majority of federal agents in Minnesota are still not wearing them.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union say at least 71 California law enforcement agencies are putting abortion-seekers at risk by sharing license plate data with out-of-state entities.
EPB officials say a $2 million project to install a new microgrid with power generation and battery storage at police and fire headquarters in Chattanooga will pay for itself in six or seven years.
The police department has installed 172 license plate reading cameras throughout the city. The controversial tech is touted as a way to identify criminal suspects and stolen vehicles, but opponents say they’re a privacy concern.
The Los Angeles City Council has decided – in an 8-4 vote – to accept the donation of a nearly $280,000 dog-like robot for the police department's use. The technology has been a point of contentious public debate.
Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill this week stiffening penalties for drone operators that interfere with aerial wildfire suppression efforts. Violators could face a criminal misdemeanor, up to 6 months in jail and hefty civil fines.
Under a new Vision Zero bill, cities would be able to create local laws for speed and red light cameras, hold hearings on the issue and locate monitoring devices in areas with histories of crashes and traffic violations.
Officials in the California city are reporting that the gunshot detection sensors they installed in gun crime hot spots are not working properly. The city is working with the vendor, Flock Safety, to resolve the technical issues.
A new deal between the two public safety tech companies could mean easier ways to track training, monitor complaints, evaluate officers and other tasks. CivicEye is coming off a $12.4 million funding round.
The union representing the city’s 2,500 traffic agents — who are part of the NYPD and write parking tickets and direct traffic — are asking in contract talks for the same type of body-worn cameras used by police officers.
Edwardsville, Ill., police and fire officials voiced their support to the City Council for a new digital database that would help to track state legislation affecting their departments.