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Handheld Computers Aid Convention Security

Submachine gun, check. Semiautomatic pistol, check. Personal digital assistant, check. In addition to their usual weaponry, some officers responsible for securing federal buildings at the Republican convention are armed with devices like handheld computers. The gadgets are part of a wireless arsenal the Federal Protective Service is using to create an instantaneous flow of images between officers on patrol and those manning monitoring stations at a command center in an undisclosed location. Helmets and vehicle dashboards with digital video cameras are also on hand to expand the coverage provided by cameras atop federal buildings. “It allows us to have a complete situational awareness of what’s going on the street,” said FPS New England Regional Director Ron Libby, who is overseeing security for some 30 Manhattan-area buildings where federal employees work. Full Story

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