State of Surveillance: Police, Privacy and Technology (Video)

“State of Surveillance” examines new technologies police departments are using to fight crime and the civil liberties concerns raised by these tools.

Law enforcement agencies say that many of the technologies make it easier to solve and, in some cases, even prevent crime. But privacy advocates warn that expanded databases could become dragnets that are increasingly populated with information about law-abiding citizens.

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Zebra Technologies buys Motorola Solutions business unit

Zebra Technologies and Motorola Solutions reached an agreement on transferring Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business unit to become part of Zebra. Zebra pays US$ 3.5 billion in cash, partly covered by new loans. After the sale, Motorola Solutions will continue with its core government and public safety business. It will also retain its iDEN communication products, currently part of its enterprise business.

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US Army intelligence system gets new geospatial tools

DCGS-A is the United States Army’s common system for gathering, analyzing and sharing intelligence information from different echelons. It is capable of providing planning and direction, collection, processing/exploitation, analysis, prediction and production, battlespace awareness data dissemination, and relay capabilities. The system is able to integrate 600 sources of information. The system is now equipped with new tools provided by GIS market leader Esri.

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UK Fire service could save millions by improving how it buys kit

The fire and rescue services could save millionsby improving the way it sources and purchases firefighting clothing and equipment says new research published by Fire Minister Brandon Lewis today. The findings highlight examples of fire services buying identical kit at vastly different prices. The report found that across the country the 46 fire and rescue services could save millions by streamlining this process and standardising how they buy clothing and equipment.

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U.S. criticizes plans for ‘Schengen cloud’

European plans to build a separate local communication network (the ‘Schengen Cloud’ or ‘Trusted Cloud Europe’) to avoid data passing through the United States where met with criticism from the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, who warned that the plans would not be compliant with international trade laws.

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