Kaye Beach

The Christmas Grinch – OK DPS Wants 200 Surveillance Cameras – ‘Bye ‘Bye Privacy

In Action Alert!, Oklahoma State Capitol, Take Action on December 17, 2009 at 8:44 am
OK-SAFE, Inc. Action Alert
12/16/2009

If you object to the use of license plate surveillance cameras/red-light cameras by Oklahoma’s Dept. of Public Safety please call Governor Brad Henry and your elected officials:

Governor Brad Henry: 1-800-865-5853, 1-405-521-2342
Oklahoma State House: 1-800-522-8502, 1-405-521-2711
Oklahoma State Senate: 1-800-865-6490, 1-405-524-0126
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Oklahoma City – Oklahoma blogger and citizen activist, Kaye Beach, hand delivered a letter to Governor Brad Henry on Tuesday December 15, 2009 requesting information on whether he intends to sign an executive order authorizing surveillance cameras for use by DPS.

The purported reason for the surveillance cameras is to catch uninsured motorists on Oklahoma highways.  The ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) cameras scan the license plates of passing vehicles, access a database of insured motorists, then issue a ticket to those determined to be uninsured. (A check in the mail doesn’t count.)

A real money-maker for the over-employed state and the insurance companies?

Cisco is one such ALPR provider.

An excerpt from from a Cisco white paper entitled Video Applications for Public Safety: Improved Effectiveness and Reduced Costs:

“Automatic License Plate Recognition”

Need

One of the first applications of video in law enforcement, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) helps to identify vehicles that were stolen, used in a crime, or registered to people with outstanding warrants. The barrier to widespread deployment has been limited recognition accuracy. In addition, local agencies have lacked an easy way to share their license plates databases. If the vehicle owned by a crime suspect was spotted in an adjoining county, for example, law enforcement in the home county had no way of knowing.

Solution

Now public safety agencies can deploy highly accurate ALPR systems that are integrated into the Cisco 3200 Rugged Integrated Services Router, reducing solution footprint and cost. An example is Vigilant Video CarDetector. Video surveillance cameras with ALPR can be deployed in patrol cars and city busses as well as at high-traffic parking areas and high-crime intersections, increasing public safety and revenues from enforcement of parking laws (Figure 3). Captured license plates can be transmitted wirelessly to a regional repository throughout the day, making it easier for neighboring jurisdictions to share information. ALPR repositories capture the date and location of scanned plates, making it possible to display a vehicle’s past locations and predict where to find it now.”

Figure 3:

Image Source: www.cisco.com

Related to this ALPR issue is the highly controversial Red-Light Camera scheme – which Oklahoma is also considering.

Other cities use these privacy-invading cameras to generate revenue – some have been accused of shortening the yellow light to increase red-light run incidents. Traffic accidents have been shown to increase after their installation.

Red-light camera technology needs access to a photo of facial- recognition quality to identify the driver – the Oklahoma driver’s license is of such quality.
Photo Source: L-1 Identity Solutions

This puts last session’s SB 483, the “direct electronic access to the DPS computerized photo” bill in perspective, doesn’t it? L-1 Identity Solutions holds the contract for the image on the OK driver’s license.

See AxXiom for Liberty blog site for more information and source documents on this issue.  AxXiom for Liberty.

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