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PacketHop releases their Communication System 3.0, with new secured mobile video surveillance options; and hardware: The PacketHop system is aimed at first responders and others involved in public safety and general security. The latest system supports robust streaming video from surveillance systems for users as they move towards a scene of interest—what PacketHop dubs “drive-up surveillance.”
The company has also added two hardware devices. While originally a hardware firm with a software overlay, the company reorganized itself around applications that could run over many systems, using techniques to improve the quality of service and throughput. They’ve now introduced hardware again: the Mobile Router for vehicle access, which can handle up to three radios (802.11a/b/g, 4.9 GHz public safety, and cellular), and be used to broadcast video as well. The Mesh Exchange is a mesh node designed to connect to a video camera to push traffic to the rest of a network using 802.11a/b/g and/or 4.9 GHz.
Toledo, Ohio, looks more to police, emergency purposes than public access: The system that the city is building will offer both, but the municipality appears more interested in how they can streamline emergency response, especially medical, and reduce police paperwork and overhead. They’re looking to Corpus Christi as an example of what can be done.
Maryland is using $1m federal grant to test digital IDs: The notion is that these IDs would allow a first responder to provide credentials, and produce an automatic count of who is on the scene. The first round of IDs won’t include GPS trackers, but that could be added. The cards will be scanned by handheld devices linked via WI-Fi to a network. Five thousand cards will be issued in this test, but there are only seven card readers.