Public Safety

USDOT awards funding for tech infusion to transit, highway systems

More than a dozen cities and states received funds for intelligent transportation programs that promote safety, improve access and reduce congestion.

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AI-powered cameras to enforce bus lanes

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority partnered with Hayden AI on the bus-mounted cameras, which will use artificial intelligence and edge computing to process violations.

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Cities can apply for free monitoring of sewage for signs of monkeypox

The National League of Cities is accepting applications for the new program and will select 50 localities to participate. The initiative will build on efforts to track Covid-19 in wastewater.

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State and local law enforcement may get drone detection authority

The legislation introduced in the Senate would also establish a list of authorized detection equipment to ensure governments purchase approved technology.

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AI can be a first line of defense in fielding 988 calls

As the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is being rolled out, most localities are still unprepared and understaffed.

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Amazon admits to giving police ring footage without owners’ permission

The smart-doorbell company, which has partnered with more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies, said in a letter that it shared multiple videos with police departments without first seeking user consent.

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FBI, LA County target rogue drones upending firefighting efforts

The new drone deterrent system can quickly identify and locate drones interfering with firefighting operations.

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Officers’ smart cards foster transparency, community trust

Police in Alpharetta, Georgia, are testing smart cards that citizens can scan with their mobile devices to access officer-specific contact and case information.

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State and local leaders call for overhaul of nation’s 911 system

A group that includes mayors, police chiefs and state officials want to rethink who should respond to calls for help.

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Police are looking to algorithms to predict domestic violence

Law enforcement officers use various tools, from simple questionnaires to algorithms, as a way to prioritize the highest-risk crimes, but it is unclear whether they are effective.

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When 911 calls require a mental health response

With the number of 911 calls related to mental health on the rise, a pilot in Durham, North Carolina, looks to integrate mental health case management into the city’s computer-aided dispatch system.

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Navigable 3D site models would improve responder, law enforcement training

The intelligence community's research arm wants to use images collected at a range of altitudes to create seamless, photorealistic walk-throughs for law enforcement, military or aid workers familiarizing themselves with a location before their arrival.

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State DOT gets new operations center

Nebraska’s new State Operations Center will provide motorists with more timely information on travel conditions.

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Lawmaker questions community doorbell surveillance

Sen. Edward J. Markey wants more information on “invasive data collection and problematic engagement with police departments” of Amazon’s subsidiary, Ring.

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Legislation sets penalties for drone misuse

The Drone Act of 2022 would set new federal penalties for drone operators who weaponize drones, disrupt emergency operations or use the technology to deliver contraband into prisons.

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For mental crises, send a pro not the police?

Evidence from a pilot program in Denver suggests that providing mental health support for nonviolent emergencies can help reduce crime and save money.

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NIST offers $1 million for next-gen incident command dashboards

Teams that use advanced technologies to improve the quality, usability and functionality of incident command dashboards for first responders can earn up to $1 million in the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen, or CommanDING, challenge.

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Smart cameras automate recording, boost police transparency

Upgrades to cameras in New Hampshire’s State Police cruisers and officer uniforms will simplify camera recording duties and ease uploading footage to secure cloud storage.

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Delivering emergency alerts to vehicle infotainment systems

Drivers may soon receive real-time emergency and fire alerts and improved evacuation routing on their vehicles' infotainment systems.

Public Safety

All eyes on the FCC as deadline for 911 overhaul approaches

By enforcing its z-axis requirements and moving toward nationwide deployment, the Federal Communications Commission can fundamentally transform national emergency response.

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