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Law Enforcement's New Tools

They may be controversial but they are effective

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Law Enforcement's New Tools

The fictional world where James Bond-style tech was being used against the bad guys is now our current reality. Of course, this post-Snowden era of ours has made people much more cautious about protecting their liberties. What high-tech devices are being used right now by law enforcement and how do they work?It acts like a telecoms tower except that it intercepts the signal between the target and the real tower.

 

1. StingRay 

In a few words, the StingRay is an IMSI-catcher or a device that it acts like a telecoms tower except that it intercepts the signal between the target and the real tower. It is highly controversial as all mobiles in the area get diverted to the device as well. The KingFish is even more effective (or dangerous) because of its portability.

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2. Drones

Motorola is working on tethered UAVs. They are not battery-operated but are tethered to the ground with a cord that is connected to a generator. It can stay aloft for a much longer period of time. It is equipped with a bunch of sensors, and will soon be LTE equipped, providing Internet coverage for people in the area. Best used by first responders, like the fire department, to disasters.

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3. ALPRS 

Automated License Plate Reader Systems. These high speed cameras are attached to vehicles or posts and can translate all license plate numbers it sees into alphanumeric data, basically reading them. Records are continuously made as the cameras roll. When needed, law enforcers can pull out still images from the footage that can pinpoint a vehicle’s location at a particular time. 

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These high speed cameras are attached to vehicles or posts and can translate all license plate numbers it sees into alphanumeric data.

4. StarChase 

To avoid high speed chases, the Milwaukee PD is now using StarChase. It is a GPS tracker launched at the fleeing vehicle from the police patrol car. Data provided can aid law enforcement when to make safe arrests, such as when the vehicle has stopped. Criminals currently use high speed chase laws against law enforcement.

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5. Biometrics

There is a current uproar in the UK as facial recognition technology is being used to aid arrests. This is done by running footage from CCTVs, mobile cams, and dash cams through the software to identify criminals. Currently, up to 500 cases are being reviewed for their possible encroachment on civil liberties.

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