Friday, November 6, 2009

New Technology Scans License Plates As Police Drive

So remember in a lot of sci-fi movies how a camera or sensor is used to scan a person's face or eye for recognition before admitting them to a building or giving them clearance? Well that's kind of what some new technology does that Spokane police are using to recover stolen cars. With a spike in car thefts lately, they're hoping the camera, which reads license plate numbers and checks them against a natiowide database of stolen vehicles, will help recover stolen cars quicker.Here's the story from the Spokesman-Review.

And on a related note, customs agents in Los Angeles got a big surprise recently when they opened a shipping container and found a vehicle reported stolen in Spokane- 35 years ago! Here's that story.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.