Marcus Womack of Evidence.com and Hadi Partovi, board member at Taser International, in the KIRO Radio studios. (Photo by Erynn Rose)

Q&A: How technology can help police departments, and make officers more accountable

Our guests on the latest GeekWire radio show were Marcus Womack, general manager of Seattle-based Evidence.com, which provides devices and services for police departments across the country; and Hadi Partovi, a technology entrepreneur and board member of Taser International, Evidence.com’s parent company. In light of the recent tragedy and controversy in Ferguson, Mo., we spent a lot of… Read More

Marcus Womack of Evidence.com and Hadi Partovi, board member at Taser International, in the KIRO Radio studios. (Photo by Erynn Rose)

GeekWire Radio: How cops are moving to the cloud, and what it means for public safety

The recent chaos and tragedy in Ferguson, Mo., have highlighted the importance of accountability and transparency in everyday interactions between police and the public. Can technology make a difference? That’s one of our questions this week on the GeekWire radio show. Our guests in the studio are Marcus Womack, the general manager of Evidence.com, which offers a cloud-based service and… Read More

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The problem with the police’s plea to ‘Tweet Smart’

Considering this week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, isn’t it smartest for the public to tweet more real-time police activity in some emergencies, not less? A coalition of local law enforcement agencies, including the Seattle Police Department, recently put out a public plea that seemed tough to argue with. “Seattle-area law enforcement agencies are asking you to ‘Tweet Smart’… Read More

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Now you can own those body-worn cameras worn by police

For the past six years, Seattle-based Vievu has helped more than 3,000 police agencies around the world with body-worn cameras that record what’s happening on the job. But recently, Vievu founder Steve Ward saw a new business opportunity. Everyone from real estate agents to plumbers to bus drivers began asking Vievu to make cameras specifically for… Read More

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Anticipating where crime happens: Seattle rolls out ‘Predictive Policing’ across city

Back in February, Seattle rolled out a new “Predictive Policing” software in the East and Southwest Precincts, hoping to keep the city safe by using data that better predicts where crime may happen. Now, after “anecdotal success” with the software so far, it’s being expanded across all five precincts in the city, Mayor Mike McGinn announced yesterday at a press conference…. Read More

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Microsoft and NYPD team up on new ‘awareness system’

Microsoft and the New York Police Department have developed a new computer system that pulls together data from various public safety systems in an effort to give law enforcement better real-time information about what’s happening on the streets at any given moment. The “Domain Awareness System” was announced in New York today, a joint effort… Read More