Wednesday, Sept 17, 2008
Can high-tech infrared cameras and millimeter-wave cameras “see” terrorist threats coming from as far as 130 yards away?
Kennewick police and Hanford Patrol officers will test the effectiveness of the high-tech gear in a six-week tryout at the Toyota Center.
The experiment, which goes live Sept. 26 for six home games of the Tri-City Americans, will help the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate determine if the technologies are effective in the hands of local law enforcement.
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The equipment, which consists of remote camera sensors that can track crowd movements, uses infrared and millimeter-wave radar to analyze images for potential explosive threats, said Jim Tuttle, explosives division director for Homeland Security.
“(The test) will help us improve standoff screening capability for our security systems,” Tuttle said.
A series of cameras, some roof-mounted at the Toyota Center, and others that include infrared and millimeter-wave radar imaging, will watch the parking lots and various pedestrian approaches to the center.