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Get ready: American “smart” street lights now being rigged with license plate readers to spy on your every move

  A company called Ubicquia is  partnering with law enforcement  to make it easier for cops to track people's every move with new "...

 A company called Ubicquia is partnering with law enforcement to make it easier for cops to track people's every move with new "smart" street lights that have been outfit with hidden license plate readers (LPR).

According to a recent announcement, Flock Safety, the first public safety operating system for cities, is being deployed through Ubicquia, an "intelligent" streetlight infrastructure company that says it aims to "revolutionize the way public safety agencies deploy license plate reading (LPR) and situational awareness cameras to capture the objective evidence needed to solve more crime."

Utilizing a multi-purpose streetlight platform called UbiHub, which plugs into the photocell socket of 360 million compatible streetlights and integrates with third party cameras containing built-in LTE connectivity, Ubicquia says smart cameras can now be deployed in a matter of minutes.

"With a streetlight every 50 meters, this partnership will allow public safety departments across the country to reduce the time and cost of installing LPR services," the company proudly announced.


Massive spying and surveillance system being justified by claim it will help police solve more crimes

The excuse for this massive spying and surveillance endeavor is that it is needed by law enforcement to help better solve crimes. By tracking people's travels through their license plates, cops will be able to find criminals easier, we are told.

"Vehicular evidence is often the most valuable investigative lead a detective can have while investigating the roughly 70% of crime that occurs with a vehicle (estimated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, IACP)," Ubicquia says.

"Flock Safety's patented Vehicle Fingerprint™ technology identifies a vehicle's unique features (make, vehicle body style, license plate, state of the license plate, paper tags, aftermarket wheels, roof racks, etc.) and makes it possible to find suspect vehicles across your network of cameras."

Known as the Falcon camera, the devices, which are part of FlockOS, combine both video and LPR technology into one single platform, allowing for what Ubicquia describes as comprehensive situational awareness.

Some of the largest cities in North America are already using Ubicquia's smart street light platforms. Flock Safety technology is also currently deployed and operational in more than 3,000 different North American communities.

"We like the sleek design and functionality of the Ubicquia platform," announced Michael Sherwood, the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Las Vegas, which is excited to be partnering with the company. "It allows us to deploy Flock LPR cameras using our existing infrastructure. This saves the city time and money. It also gives us the additional benefit of network streetlighting controls to improve the way we manage our streetlights."

"The integration of Flock Safety's LPR technology into the UbiHub platform is a game-changer for public safety agencies," added Bailey Quintrell, Senior Vice President for Growth at Flock Safety.

"It enables cities to take advantage of existing infrastructure, accelerating the deployment of cameras, while delivering all the crime solving benefits of LPR technology and FlockOS, our public safety situation awareness platform for cities."

According to Kyle Brown, Vice President Worldwide Channels for Ubicquia, Flock Safety's technology is a major game-changer because it is "disrupting the LRP market" in a major way. Brown says he is excited to be partnering with Flock Safety to deploy this mass spying and surveillance scheme – or what he describes as a shared "commitment to public safety."

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