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How spectrum can save lives

Zafar Anjum | July 15, 2013
Motorola Solutions’s Bharat Bhatia, Regional Director, Government Affairs for the APAC and Middle East regions, speaks on public protection, spectrum harmonisation and why Asia is leading in this area.

But most of those cameras are fixed cameras and that's a problem. "The trouble with fixed cameras is that while you are capturing what is happening there, you can't follow the event and see where the things are happening," he points out. "It's lucky if you have a camera where something happens but in more than 50 percent of the cases, things happen at places where the camera may not be there. So that's why having the camera installed in the vehicle is becoming very important; a lot of agencies are telling that we need to have our cameras installed in our vehicles and we need to somehow be able to communicate that back to our agencies. This is exactly what happened in Boston. When the terrorist (attack) happened, the entire scene was solved because of the videos that were available on the scene.

I agree. "That's true," I say. "A lot of people supplied the videos."

"A lot of people supplied the videos and there were a lot of fixed cameras," he says. "So at the end of the day it was really the videos which solved this thing and this happens on a very continuous basis. So over the years, police agencies around the world have realised the value of video. If you see the inauguration of the Pope in 2005 and this is a picture of that (he shows a picture), you will see a person using his cell phone right here taking the picture in the Vatican. And this happened late last year and this is the picture today. Every hand has a phone. So you see the whole shift that has taken place from 2005 to 2013 but even today the police don't have it. The police still continue to have their own walkie-talkie sets."

"Today, 72 hours of video is uploaded on the video tube and 90,000 tweets happen, there are so many Facebook status updates. So much happens all within the matter of one minute and the police agencies need to keep track of all that. That's why they need to have their data analysis, data capture, the whole thing if they need to match this is what is happening on the social side today. Public safety agencies have to match this otherwise they will become completely useless. Social networks of course I have mentioned.

"What happened in the London riots in 2011; all were managed using Facebook and Twitter. The entire rioting with the people they did and they were arrested because they misused the social media to manage those riots. They were sending videos from here to there and they misused that. They used the videos and the status update and the Facebook and Twitter to coordinate how the riots would be done by the rioters. So this is the power of the mobile media today which our agencies don't have.


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