Internet Eye On Bad Guys
In Mesa, Ariz., a company called IntelaSight has developed camera security systems that are linked to the Internet. The cameras have a 360-degree panoramic view, and IntelaSight employees can monitor what is happening in real-time via the Internet.
The service also features “intervention specialists” who can tell suspicious persons to leave a property via a speaker, contact Mesa police, and send emails to police dispatchers to allow them to watch as well. IntelaSight’s systems have led to one arrest so far, according to the firm’s president David Ly.
Mesa police Sgt. Chuck Trapani said the technology could potentially be used to facilitate crime investigations and safeguard officers. Unlike many closed-circuit security systems, IntelaSight’s system provides sharp images and permits authorities to get involved.
The firm currently has customers in Arizona, Texas, and California, including the Palo Alto Airport in northern California, where cameras monitor expensive airplanes. IntelaSight also plans to expand its wireless applications, allowing a customer to check on his home or office remotely while on vacation, for example.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Arizona Republic (12/28/05); Walsh, Jim