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NSW paramedics to get body cameras

NSW paramedics to get body cameras

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AAP. 20 November 2019

NSW paramedics will begin wearing body cameras as part of a 12-month trial aimed at deterring abuse and assaults.

Paramedics from Liverpool, Sydney Ambulance Centre at Eveleigh and Hamilton in Newcastle will participate in the voluntary trial involving 60 cameras.

NSW Ambulance chief executive Dominic Morgan said more cameras could be rolled out across the state if the program is successful, but the union representing the state’s paramedics says it has several concerns, including that the trial may interfere with patient care.

“The cameras will be another set of eyes for our paramedics and in addition to hopefully deterring abuse, there is scope to use them for training purposes further down the line,” Dr Morgan said in a statement on Wednesday.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard hopes agitated individuals will modify their behaviour when they realise they’re being recorded.

“Paramedics are there to help us and it is never OK to abuse them. Assaults carry heavy penalties and, if needed, bodycam footage will be used as evidence when prosecuting people,” Mr Hazzard said.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-paramedics-to-get-body-cameras/d2dc8099-9dd3-423f-8560-c54f91753951

Eyes on the road: Number plate cameras for all highway patrol cars

Eyes on the road: Number plate cameras for all highway patrol cars

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Yeh Age. 13 February 2019

The entire fleet of Victoria Police’s 221 highway patrol cars will be fitted with state-of-the-art number plate recognition technology in the next three years.

The fleet of highway cars will be capable of scanning more than a million vehicles per shift by 2021.

Unregistered and stolen cars, unlicensed drivers and those with outstanding warrants will be targeted by the new cameras.

The cameras will be installed in 38 highway patrol vehicles by the middle of the year, with the full rollout to be completed by June 2021.

 The first vehicle will be dispatched in Bendigo on Monday.

Police say they are targeting country Victoria first, because a disproportionate number of people die on rural roads compared to the city and suburbs.

“This is a significant change in how we police our roads and how we will improve road safety, reduce risks on our roads and also overall improve community safety,” Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

“We’re making sure Victoria Police has all the resources they need to nab dangerous drivers and get them off the roads.”

The technology will send alerts to police officers, who can immediately access the information via an iPad app, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said.

He said it would mean both police officers in a highway patrol car could have their eyes on the road, instead of one having to use a laptop to check number plates.

“It’s about more time with our eyes up and our eyes on the road,” he said.

The patrol cars will also be fitted with a new in-car video system that will record traffic stops and roadside intercepts.

Those recordings can be used as evidence in court hearings, Mr Leane said.

If proven successful, other police cars could be fitted with the technology.

“I think they’ll prove both in community safety and road trauma reduction they’ll pay for themselves in no time,” Mr Leane said.

Thirty-eight people have died on Victoria’s roads so far this year, compared to 23 at the same time last year.

 

Source: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/eyes-on-the-road-number-plate-cameras-for-highway-patrol-cars-20190213-p50xkx.html

NSW Police equipped with body cameras

NSW Police equipped with body cameras

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Sydney Morning Herald. September 17, 2015

NSW Police on the beat are being fitted with body cameras that will allow them to collect visual evidence and record their interactions with others.

The first frontline officers attached the cameras to their uniforms on Thursday as part of a rollout to city and transport police.

Encrypted footage with audio is captured and saved or can be live-streamed to remote command posts.

Police will use the cameras by manually pressing record when they need to take footage.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Cullen said the cameras would be attached to the front of an officer’s body and video taken from their point of view.

“While the cameras will be constantly viewing the officer’s point of view, the officer must initiate recording to actually capture footage in the memory of the camera,” Assistant Commissioner Cullen said.

“There will be a 30-second back capture of vision only, which can allow for the visual recording of an important piece of evidence.”

Once the footage is downloaded onto the secure police database, all footage on the camera is erased.

Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant said cameras would be used just like a notepad and would help officers called to domestic violence cases.

“Body-worn video cameras could also assist in domestic violence cases where victims may be vulnerable and reluctant to give evidence.”

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione​ said the footage would be helpful for gathering evidence to support prosecutions but also for police to use as a training and education tool.

“A picture is worth a thousand words, and if you’re recorded doing the wrong thing – no matter who you are – the evidence will be tough to dispute,” the commissioner said.

He said trials of the equipment found the cameras reduced the time spent on paperwork, enhanced the preparation of evidence and improved the behaviour of officers and the public.

The government will spend $4 million over the next two years rolling out the cameras to three local area commands and the police transport command.

All front line officers across the state are expected to be kitted out with body cameras once the initial roll-out has been trialled.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-police-equipped-with-body-cameras-20150917-gjp60c.html#ixzz3nHmyIOUv 

Fujitsu Body Worn Video to improve evidence collection

Fujitsu Body Worn Video to improve evidence collection

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Fujitsu today announced it has signed a contract with the NSW Police Force for a fully self-contained Body Worn Video solution that will improve the ability of field officers to collect evidence and streamline administrative processes. It can also live-stream video feeds from police officers in the field back to operational command units. Fujitsu has partnered with Australian mobile video streaming technology company, m-View Live Video (m-View®) to develop a fully self-contained solution customised to the needs of the NSW Police Force. It features one of the world’s most rugged and proven body worn cameras – manufactured by FireCam®. Jointly designed by Fujitsu and m-View for the NSW Police Force , the Body Worn Video (BWV) solution incorporates a scalable software platform that includes the storage, search, playback and access controls required to support officers in performing their regular duties and will also secure the chain of custody of digital evidence. For added security, the BWV solution will incorporate one of the most secure and reliable forms of biometric authentication available today, Fujitsu’s unique PalmSecure palm vein reader. This will make it easy for officers to check-in their equipment at the end of each shift with the assurance that the evidence gathered is aligned to the correct source. Fujitsu will assist police in deploying and maintaining the highly innovative solution. As well as enhancing processes for collection of evidence, the solution is expected to deliver multiple benefits to NSW Police including improvements in customer service, officer training and the reduction of injury to officers while on the job. Additionally a key driver behind the adoption of the solution is the potential for improvements in processes for statement and brief preparation, prosecutions and complaint investigations. Mike Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said: “We know the Body Worn Video solution will have clear benefits for the NSW Police Force in the collection of evidentiary data. Fujitsu has worked on various projects with NSW Police for over a decade and this relationship, along with our experience supporting other police services nationally, has helped us design the answer to their unique needs. We are confident this solution will reduce administrative overheads and provide a mechanism for gathering more reliable evidence.” NSW Police’s Major Events and Incident Group Commander, Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke, said: “The Body Worn Video solution will deliver a reliable and direct form of evidence gathering, which will compliment the officer’s written notebook entry. Through earlier trials, it was clear the BWV provides substantial benefits to frontline officers and the community.” Through its National Public Safety Practice, Fujitsu plays a significant role in supporting Police, Emergency Services and Defence in Australia. This practice is currently delivering services across the full consulting and project delivery spectrum. Source: http://www.fujitsu.com/au/about/resources/news/press-releases/2015/20150917.html
Nokia first in UAE to use telco drones

Nokia first in UAE to use telco drones

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In yet another noteworthy step toward a smart city future, Nokia Networks and du, the Middle East’s fastest growing telecommunications service provider, employed drones carrying smartphones with network testing applications to analyze du’s network. The test was carried out at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City*, which has a seating capacity of 25,000 people. The Proof of Concept (PoC) gathered network data and provided Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for a speedy performance test and efficient network optimization actions. Telco drones were also used for tower inspections, radio planning and Line of Sight (LoS) testing between radio towers.

Automated testing and analysis is more efficient than traditional manual walk tests, as drones can cover the desired area quicker. Additionally, the test data is collected automatically and sent to a server so that it can be instantly processed at Nokia Networks’ Global Delivery Center (GDC) for immediate reporting and any necessary actions to improve network performance.

Telco drones were also used for tower inspections to reduce the number of times technicians need to climb up and down a telecom tower. It is especially important when weather conditions make climbing too dangerous. This method delivers a high-quality site audit with unique and detailed panoramic and top-down views of the lattice tower captured in one pass. Drones can also help supervise the quality of installation by remotely monitoring the installation via wireless video streaming.

The drones were also used for radio planning and Line of Sight (LoS) testing**. The engineers knew if a frequency used was impacted by trees, if there was sufficient power to cover the distance, what the simulated latency would look like and what performance over such a connection could be expected. This helped achieve optimal site design, establish a clear LoS, as well as suitable antenna height and site location.

Solution details at a glance:
– In the PoC, these demonstrations were carried out in close collaboration with Nokia Networks’ partners Dubai Sports City, Ascom Network Testing, DroneWorks FZ LLC, and Secutronic FZE.

– Smartphones pre-installed with the TEMS™ Pocket software from Ascom Network Testing

– High-capability drones from Secutronic were used: INSPIRE1 for network optimization at the stadium, and MICRODRONES md4-1000 for tower inspection, LoS and radio site planning

– Wireless video broadcast camera were used from m-View Live Video Pty Ltd for remote monitoring

Marwan BinShakar, Vice President – Mobile Access Network & Operations at du, said: “Innovation is the lifeblood of the UAE’s smart city future, and we are proud to successfully demonstrate our network capabilities. Together with Nokia Networks, we are satisfied with the results from the use of drones for network planning and faster optimization in specific location at Dubai International Stadium, as well as for radio planning and tower inspection which will result in greater efficiency and improved safety.”

Tony Awad, Head of du Customer Team, Nokia Networks, said: “Drones are becoming a common phenomenon across the world and multiple sectors are embracing the benefits drones bring such as faster deliveries in logistics or delivering emergency services in health care. In the telecoms sector, certain operators have already embraced the use of drones for telecom tower audits, and we are proud to be able to demonstrate multiple use cases using drones with du in the UAE. With the use of drones we continue to bring innovation and automation into our service delivery to make our networks even more efficient and reliable.”

Did you know?
Nokia Networks is exploring the potential uses of drones in the telecoms industry and, at Mobile World Congress 2015, triggered the discussion on multiple use cases including tower inspection, network optimization, LoS and radio planning with drones.

About du
We started operating in 2007, offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services. Today, we serve more than 7.5 million individual customers and over 80,000 businesses in the UAE. We also provide carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for TV broadcasters.

We won the Gallup Great Workplace Award. Our recruitment strategy aims to provide fulfilling opportunities for quality talent in a cosmopolitan working environment where more than 60 nationalities work 35% of which are Emiratis. We are the first telecom company in the world to release a Sustainability Report based on GRI-G4 comprehensive guidelines. Among our other laurels, we also have the credit of being the first in the UAE to be awarded with prestigious LEED Platinum certification for 2 of our green retail outlet.

du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.08 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining by public shareholders. Listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the company trades under the name ‘du’.

About Nokia
By focusing on the human possibilities of technology, Nokia embraces the connected world to help people thrive. Our three businesses are leaders in their fields. Nokia Networks provides broadband infrastructure software and services, HERE provides mapping, navigation and location intelligence, and Nokia Technologies provides advanced technology development and licensing. www.nokia.com

Nokia Networks, which provides broadband infrastructure, software and services, operates at the forefront of our industry. From the first ever call on GSM to the first call on LTE, we have set the pace of innovation, a record that continues with future technologies such as 5G. Together with our operator customers, who serve close to 5 billion subscribers, we are embracing the opportunity of the connected world and helping to solve its challenges. http://networks.nokia.com/

Source: http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-du-first-in-uae-to-use-telco-drones-for-better-network-planning-faster-opti#sthash.xcy6tzCm.dpuf

Fire chief see benefits of camera with own eyes

Fire chief see benefits of camera with own eyes

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Wearable technology could change the decades-old practice of gauging the colour of smoke and relying on third-hand information to fight fires and save lives.

Fire & Rescue NSW is set to begin trials of a body-worn video camera that will live stream footage of fires back to its command centre. The command post will for the first time be able to see what is happening inside a burning home, building or site.

“That’s a view that we’ve never been actually able to have (at the command post) before,” said ­Graham Tait, ‎operational communications systems officer at Fire & Rescue. Mr Tait said senior officers at the command centre needed to know what was happening inside and outside the affected area so decisions were made that ensured fires were fought correctly.

“Decisions on how many ­resources are required and where people need to be will be a lot ­better,” Mr Tait said. “(This is because) they can ­actually see with their own eyes what’s happening and not rely on third-hand information or seeing the colour of the smoke — what we do currently.

“We will be able to put in tactics to resolve fires quicker, and if ­anybody’s trapped inside a building we’ll be able to rescue them faster.” The video camera, dubbed Firecam and supplied by m-View, is about 100mm long, with the ­diameter of a 20c piece. It weighs 110g.

“They’re quite small and connect to a smartphone and broadcast from there. There’re no wires or cables or anything to connect to it,” Mr Tait said. The camera can be attached to a firefighter’s shoulder, helmet or anywhere else and “we can see whatever they can see”, he said.

Live video is streamed back to base using a smartphone’s 3G or 4G connection. The device captures video in high-definition on a storage card in the camera as it simultaneously broadcasts live.

While the video footage beamed to Fire & Rescue’s ­command post is not in high-­definition (as it would be too bandwidth-intensive), Mr Tait said it was “good enough to watch live”.

For reference or other purposes, the high-definition video can be downloaded from the storage card once the firefighter returns.Fire & Rescue predominantly uses iPhones, but it would use an Android smartphone during the trials as m-View’s iPhone app for the wearable device was under development, he said.

The organisation is an existing customer of m-View, which allows firefighters to capture video using iPhones. Mr Tait is not concerned about battery life, often the bane of many smartphone users. He said most incidents were quite short and firefighters normally wore their breathing apparatus for 30-40 minutes at a time inside fires. The cameras can run for about eight hours before needing to be recharged. The trial will start within weeks for an undetermined period of time.

The NSW government is gearing up to equip its law enforcement officers with wearable video cameras, with a tender for suppliers about to close. M-View chief Andre Obradovic said the company was “actively interested in working with NSW Police”. In the US, President Barack Obama has backed the use of such devices following the Ferguson riots. Mr Obradovic said the technology had a wide variety of applications and could be used in mining, transportation and healthcare.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/fire-chiefs-see-benefits-of-wearable-tech-with-their-own-eyes/story-e6frgakx-1227182594627