"Good fences make good neighbors." Although that line from a Robert Frost poem was intended ironically, to persuade us not to create boundaries that alienate each other, in the right context, it should also be taken literally - for instance, when it comes to ways to aid law enforcement agencies and safeguard communities. Technology is increasingly being used as a force multiplier to help law enforcement agencies protect and serve.
With the R.I. House of Representatives voting to approve a bill proposing a network of cameras on Rhode Island highways to automatically fine out-of-state uninsured drivers, it’s important for Rhode Islanders to understand the full potential of these cameras.
TechDecisions spoke with Tom Joyce, Vice President of Business Development at Vigilant Solutions, about how the company’s technology is helping law enforcement through advanced analytics.
We all know that technology and automation make us more efficient in our lives and our jobs – think of the way you save a few precious seconds by telling your mobile device to dial a phone number instead of manually pushing buttons. As a retired police officer, I have been alarmed to see comments in recent months by privacy activists, and even some policymakers, suggesting that it should be harder for law enforcement to use technology to do their jobs more efficiently.
Most people think of license plate recognition systems (LPR) primarily as tools for tracking stolen vehicles or toll-road scofflaws. But LPR data can be used to develop leads in any type of investigation – and you don’t necessarily need cameras to gain access to this information.
With more than 250 million passenger vehicles on the road in the United States — many of them the exact same color, make, model and year — license plates are critical to ensuring law enforcement officials can identify the right vehicle when it counts. To help streamline the vehicle identification process, many law enforcement agencies are turning to a technology called automated license plate recognition (ALPR).
The Sacramento County (CA) Sheriff's Department has been using LPR systems from Vigilant Solutions (www.vigilantsolutions.com) since 2012. Sgt. Kyle Hoertsch says the SSD deploys 38 mobile units and 12 fixed cameras. He says the combination of systems has been critical to the agency's successful implementation of LPR technologies.