ather than always sending its squad cars in search of suspects who might lead them using a chase throughout the city at dangerous speeds, the Austin, Texas, police department has instead been trying a manuscript, less risky alternative.
On almost 40 occasions over the past 2 yrs, officers have tried a head unit attached to the front grill of some squad cars to file for a little projectile in a suspect’s vehicle. Tantamount to the lojack spitball, the tiny module attaches itself on the car involved and, voila, officers contain a GPS signal they can use for you to trace their suspect without needing to head for a hazardous chase.
The Austin department began with all the system, called StarChase, in 2013. The device, explains Austin police technology commander Ely Reyes, is a sort of the way the department has created new connected technology approaches to not simply support its work but to take some action in a fashion that leads to safer outcomes.
“It’s kind of like a kind of carnival rigs that you choose to shoot to knock with a pin,” Reyes said. “The officer provides a good remote control, and whenever they presume they can be included in a pastime, they’ll work with it to shoot this (module) that’s gooey and sticks on the back of your suspect’s vehicle.”
The benefit may be clear, nonetheless the technology also underscores a serious shift at the office in law enforcement today, one with far-reaching implications for the public aren’t necessarily fully realised yet