Cloud’s sil­ver lin­ing for po­lice

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

CCTV images will be sent di­rectly to the in­ter­net cloud in a Wa-first trial be­ing con­ducted by po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing Perth, North­bridge, North and West Perth crimes.

“The use of CCTV is go­ing to in­crease as time pro­gresses, so we need a way of ob­tain­ing that footage quickly and ef­fi­ciently, and the pub­lic is right across this tech­nol­ogy,” cloud crime co-or­di­na­tor Sergeant John Anag­nos­takis said.

Pre­vi­ously data sticks, CDS and copies of footage were phys­i­cally col­lected by of­fi­cers or dropped off by the pub­lic, wast­ing time and re­sources.

Sgt Anag­nos­takis said busi­nesses fre­quently hit by crime, such as tap-and-go credit card fraud at ser­vice sta­tions, had be­come “sick and tired” of re­peat­edly be­ing asked for data sticks of their record­ings.

He said the sticks and discs, and their phys­i­cal trans­port, had pre­vi­ously been needed be­cause the courts had is­sues with the abil­ity for trans­mit­ted data to be al­tered or cor­rupted, po­ten­tially af­fect­ing a case.

Hav­ing an of­fi­cer col­lect the data ful­filled a re­quire­ment for “le­gal con­ti­nu­ity”.

“We had a whole process of re­ceipts, forms and of­fi­cers go­ing out to get data sticks,” Sgt Anag­nos­takis said.

There will now be four of­fi­cers at a cen­tral hub op­er­at­ing a $15 monthly cloud ac­count dur­ing the three-month trial.

The hub can take a ter­abyte of CCTV data.

Of­fi­cers could get images from the footage sent to their mo­bile tele­phones, al­low­ing them to look for a crim­i­nal sooner af­ter an in­ci­dent.

It is hoped in some cases images from crime could be avail­able to of­fi­cers within the day of a crime.

How­ever, pub­lic send­ing footage to the cloud will have to down­load the player used by their CCTV.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d468157

Sergeant Cassie Mc­phie and Con­sta­ble Joel Young make use of the new tech­nol­ogy.

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