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Some Surveillance Equipment Catalogue
Thu. 29, Sep, 2016. 03:10:29 pm
Many of the systems being offered for sale to law
enforcement agencies across the US, and around the world,
were developed by defence giants for use on the battlefields
of Iraq and Afghanistan. Here is a small selection:
Stingray fake phone masts
About the size of a suitcase, Stingrays work by pretending to
be a phone tower in order to strip data from nearby devices,
enabling police to track suspects without a warrant. They are
also capable of accessing the content of calls and texts. The
next generation of the device, Hailstorm, is now on the market.
Licence plate readers
Police cars mounted with automatic license plate readers are
thought to be in use in many US cities, gathering data on the
location and movements of drivers. Research in Oakland
found black neighbourhoods were being disproportionally
targeted.
Crime prediction software
Software is being used by police in the US and UK that
analyses crime statistics to predict where it will happen next.
Microsoft, IBM and Hitachi are among the big players moving
in to this market. The latest Hitachi "crime visualisation"
software - effectively a Domain Awareness Centre on your
computer desktop - is being trialled in Washington DC currently. There is also growing
concern about the use of social media analysis software,
which monitors hashtags such as BlackLivesMatter and
PoliceBrutality to identify "threats to public safety".
Surveillance enabled light bulbs
LED light bulbs marketed as energy-efficient upgrades to
existing light bulbs on city streets that can contain tiny
cameras and microphones linked to a central monitoring
station.
Through the wall sensors
These use radar to peer through the walls of buildings -
currently precise enough to show how many people are in a
particular room.
X-Ray, or 'backscatter" vans
Mobile units that use X-ray radiation to see underneath
clothing and car exteriors.
Aerial surveillance
The use of light aircraft to record continuous high definition
footage of a city - recently discovered, and stopped, in
Baltimore, following a public outcry. Police departments
across the US, and in cities around the world, are also buying
drones for surveillance.
Listening devices
Shotspotter microphones have been around for more than a
decade and are thought to be in use in at least 90 US cities.
They are designed to improve police response times but there
are concerns they could be used to listen in to conversations.

...Culled from bbc.com



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