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www.officer.com July 2015 Law Enforcement Technology 47 N E W A D V A N C E M E N T S I N T E C H N O L O G Y TALKING POINTS N ovember 22, 1963. Abraham Zapruder stood on a four- foot high concrete pedestal along Elm Street in Dealey Plaza. From his elevated position, Zapruder's state-of-the-art Model 414 PD Bell & Howell home movie cam- era filmed President John F. Kennedy's limousine as it turned onto that Dallas, Texas street. For 27 seconds, Zapruder shot 486 frames of standard 8mm Kodachrome II safety film, running at 18.3 frames per second. That film was the centerpiece of the Warren Commission hearings on the JFK assas- sination. Every frame has been studied by law enforcement, scholars, historians and now, tens of thousands of people on the Internet, making the Zapruder film the most studied crime surveillance video in history and the first instance of surveil- lance video having significant impact on a criminal investigation. More than 60 years later, and many instances of home and security video capturing significant events, digital technology has launched us into an era of surveillance far more advanced than Zapruder's now-primitive Bell & Howell movie camera. The digital video, IP cam- era surveillance market is in a significant upsurge—analyst group Markets-and- Markets predicts $38 billion dollars will be spent on intelligent surveillance by the end of 2015, representing a 20 per- cent growth during the past seven years. And it's not just cameras. Biometric sur- veillance software is adding new dimen- sions to surveillance, as facial recogni- tion technology helps law enforcement identify faces in real-time and compares them against images stored on various databases—local, regional, national and international. In today's world, the uptick in surveillance spending is based on real need. High-definition, video-monitoring and content analysis is essential to secur- ing borders, ports and terminals, infra- structure protection, government facili- ties and installations. K-12, college and university school police departments are also turning to intelligent surveillance as a force multi- plier to assist their officers in their efforts Consider this before investing in intelligent surveillance By Mark Rocchio

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