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Small U.S. city boasts high-tech crime analysis center

The new crime analysis center in Springfield, Massachusetts allows for real-time observation of city streets. (Michael S. Gordon/The Republican/Landov)

High-tech policing isn’t just for big cities. George Graham reports for MassLive that Springfield, a city of 154,000 in the U. S. state of Massachusetts, is among the nation’s first to launch a state-of-the-art crime analysis center.

The $1 million facility, on the second floor of the city’s police station, resembles mission control for a NASA space flight, the article says. When it is fully functioning, the system will draw from 100 municipally owned cameras. Video from stores, businesses and other private establishments eventually will feed into the network.

The center, developed by Motorola Solutions, allows for real-time observation of city streets. Specially designed ShotSpotter technology features microphones that detect gunfire and cameras that automatically zoom in on the situation, Graham writes. Plans call for the center to operate 24 hours a day. Springfield’s crime wave drew widespread attention in 2013 when the television newsmagazine 60 Minutes spotlighted the city’s use of counterinsurgency tactics to combat gang activity.


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