“Whether it’s a UAV, a traffic camera, a private cell phone video, a building security camera, or a bomb disposal robot, Fusus can extract the live video feed and send it to your emergency operations center and officers in the field. We create a public safety ecosystem that combines video with other utilities like ALPRs, gunfire detectors, real-time officer geolocator feeds, a registry map of all the public and private cameras in your region, a multi-media tips line for the public, and a digital evidence vault for investigators.”
SecuroNet (now known as Fusus) operates cloud-based real time crime analysis. Fusus is expanding police surveillance powers to allow residents and business owners to send live feeds from many types of security cameras — including Ring doorbell cameras — directly to a city’s real-time command center.
A small Georgia based company, Fusus, has exploded onto the scene landing many contracts with law enforcement agencies as it markets it surveillance system as very afforadable and cost effective for even the smallest police department.
The company helps police departments build networks of public and private cameras. The service includes devices — black boxes the size of Wi-Fi routers — that convert video from just about any kind of camera into a format that can be fed, live or recorded, into a police surveillance hub. Fusus contracts with police departments, which typically sell, subsidize or give the devices to private users. Documents obtained through government records requests show Fusus listing packages from $480 to $1,000 a year per device.
The trial program with Fusus is attractive to officials because it helps save money by passing the cost of surveillance onto businesses and homeowners who purchase devices from the company.
The following link is to a constantly updating live map of agencies that have contracted with Ring alone.
Minneapolis PD contracts with SecuroNet
Evidence in Use of Policing
Minneapolis started using BriefCam, a high-definition surveillance camera system used throughout the city’s rail, bus, and metro system. BriefCam was founded in 2008 and now owned by Canon, based on technology developed by a University of Jerusalem professor who is a computer vision researcher. It has been credited with helping law enforcement identify the Boston Marathon bombers and the suspect in the Oslo, Norway, terrorist attacks.
If, for example, police are told a suspect was a male wearing a hat and backpack at a particular intersection, technicians can enter the terms “hat” and “backpack” to search CCTV videos for people with those objects. Investigators would then look more closely at whether they could be the suspect in question. The main system is called “Protect & Insights” that lets police and private companies filter hours of closed circuit television and home surveillance and create excerpts of a few relevant moments. Protect & Insights has built-in facial recognition and license plate reader searches, and lets police create “Watch Lists” of faces and license plates. The company also said its tool could filter out “men, women, children, clothing, bags, vehicles, animals, size, color, speed, path, direction, dwell time, and more.”
BriefCam launched a new “Proximity Identification" feature, which it marketed as a way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The company claimed it could gauge the distance between individuals, detect who is wearing a mask and who isn't, and identify crowds and bottlenecks.
Minneapolis also hosts an array of CCTV cameras, which the police can access. The Minneapolis Police Department said in a surveillance white paper that it uses Milestone software from Arxys — a video management tool that claims to offer "video motion detection" and "video analytics" — to analyze CCTV footage. This means that every time you leave your house, your neighbor’s Ring doorbell adds this bit of data to your “profile.” When you drive or take public transit, police can identify where you work and which route(s) you take to get there. Any time you buy something, or literally do anything online, this gets added to your profile. Where you eat, worship, or go to the doctor is now readily available.
Police can also request “geofence warrants,” which ID anyone who walked into a specified area, such as a protest location, and get info about what they post to social media during this time.
The Minneapolis Police Department has paid more than $2 million for ShotSpotter, an audio surveillance tool that listens for gunshots and visualizes possible shooting locations on a map.
Minneapolis PD Gunfire Map
Shotspotter Sales Video
Police Conduct Oversight Commission Surveillance Whitepaper
What is SignalFrame?
The technology detects wireless signals from nearby devices by turning civilian smartphones into listening units. SignalFrame obtains the data from tiny packets of software embedded into smartphones by commercial location brokers such as X-Mode. SignalFrame's data-collecting technology helped Verizon gauge the adoption of home WiFi routers. The government and the U.S. military aim to support immigration and border enforcement activities and secure insights on potential targets and hot spots worldwide by using the data collection practices of the tech and advertising sectors.
SignalFrame has developed the aptitude to faucet software programs embedded on as many as 5 million cellphones to find out the real-world location and identification of greater than half a billion peripheral units. SignalFrame claims to have the ability to distinguish a Fitbit from a Tesla from a home-security system, recording when and the place these units appear within the bodily world.