Degrees writes: "Richard Bliss, the marketing guy for Beginfinite, reminiscences about the beginnings of GroupWise. GroupWise is an email / calendar / PIM / DMS that runs on Linux, Windows, and NetWare."
Degrees writes: "What's the next step after red-light enforcement cameras? Making cameras mobile. This is a press release from ACS announcing they've won a contract with the City of Chicago, to reduce the number of illegally parked vehicles on streets scheduled for cleaning. From TFA: "As the sweeper moves down the street, the automated system takes pictures of the violating vehicles, transmits images and data for image verification, and interfaces with the Chicago Department of Revenue to mail violation notices." As it happens, The Cellar has an image of the day of a rather pretty Chicago."
Degrees writes: "S5 Wireless, a four-year-old startup technology company, is constructing a wireless testing system in the Salt Lake Valley. To kick-start development, S5 is licensing the design of the chip for free and will provide it at-cost for those who can't manufacture the devices on their own. What's unique about the chip is that it is low-cost — less than $1 to manufacture — operates for about two years on a tiny battery and works both outdoors and inside buildings. Using an existing wireless phone network, the chip can be located within 2 seconds to within about 45 feet of its actual location. Full article: Company makes cheaper choice to GPS"
Degrees writes: "The San Jose police department has unveiled new crime-mapping software on its web site that pinpoints crime data down to the city block. People can see the status of a report, such as whether an arrest was made or if an investigation is continuing or was dropped. And, with more detailed mapping, they also can zero in on an area as small as a one-mile radius of their home or school. CrimeReports.com takes you to the data — providing you register first.
The San Jose Police Department web site has a press release (in the form on a.pdf). It says that future upgrades include SMS alerting, allowing the SJPD to send alerts to specific neighborhoods if specifically requested
by the department."
Degrees writes: "From the Fresno Bee: Clovis police needed a camera to spy on SWAT scenes, and two high school students looking for a senior project were able to build just the thing. Brannon Vidmar, 18, and his friend Dennis Ngo, 17, built a remote-controlled device capable of seeing inside a home with a closed-circuit camera. One student's grandfather gave seed money for the project and Pelco offered camera equipment and expertise. The project cost between $25,000 and $30,000, money that Clovis taxpayers did not have to pay. The SWAT camera project is similar to a robot and trailer that Clovis police built in 2004 for disabling explosives."
Degrees writes: "New York's Long Beach Police Department is among a growing number of law enforcement agencies using the roof-mounted license-plate reader, the Mobile Plate Hunter. The infrared cameras, which work like supermarket scanners, can record the plates of moving or stopped cars. Mobile Plate Hunter is a product from Remington-Elsag Law Enforcement Systems, a partnership between U.S. gun manufacturer Remington and Italian postal-technology company Elsag. This technology is not new. From the Wired article: "This makes us more efficient than we've been in the past. We would never check 12,000 license plates the conventional way." How many people here welcome our new criminal-capturing robotic overlords?"
Degrees writes: "An important step in integrating the BitTorrent protocol for use in consumer electronic devices, Marvell has announced it's new 88F5182 system-on-chip (SoC). Marvell SoCs feature a CPU, peripherals, and controllers in a single integrated package. Additional features include a quality-of-service (QoS) architecture that prioritizes real-time audio and video traffic. BitTorrent Inc, has a press release. Will this promote or negate Network Neutrality plans?"
Degrees writes: "From The Washington Post, the Justice Department is building a massive database, known as "OneDOJ," that allows state and local police officers around the country to search millions of case files from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law enforcement agencies. The system already holds approximately 1 million case records and is projected to triple in size over the next three years. The files include investigative reports, criminal-history information, details of offenses, and the names, addresses and other information of criminal suspects or targets.