Seattle Police Cameras - The records are in but are they complete?

Right on schedule, my public records request for info on the Wireless Mesh Network is back. What I've seen so far is alarming. I found 36 cameras ordered, with network capacity and infrastructure for over 180. Even better, the camera has a face detection function which, per the manual: "detects the position of human face and the information is sent by XML or video stream."


Seattle Police Cameras - Not just for the port

Hopefully you read my article from earlier this week on the Seattle Police Department's "Port Security Mesh Network". I don't know about you, but I wouldn't consider 4th and Cherry the port. If you ask me, it's quite squarely in the middle of downtown Seattle, you can only see a small sliver of the waterfront from there. But there is clearly a camera there. I also spotted a camera on 4th and Columbia.

Here is a map of the location of the downtown camera:


Port Commission Increasing Pay from $47/hour to $328/hour

(Also in The Seattle Times)

Today the Seattle Port commissioners will attempt to ram through a pay increase. As was noted by the Seattle Times story published in late February, the plan was announced only two weeks ago by Tom Albro. For those of you who don't know, the port commission is a legislative body. They are effectively the board of directors for the port.


Seattle Police Cameras - We've only scratched the surface

Hopefully you are all aware of the new cameras the Seattle Police Department is installing all around the city. The Seattle Police Department claims they only plan to install a few dozen cameras, however I don't believe that is true. Based on several related actions, the department likely has plans to install hundreds of cameras around the city.



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