In-car P2P solution streams video in vehicles going 100mph

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In-car P2P solution streams video in vehicles going 100mph

PoliceThis from the weird & wacky. The Public Safety Broadband Consortium, a group that includes InfiNet Wireless, Lockheed Martin Information Technology, Public Safety Broadband and Wi-Fi Citywide, will be demonstrating the use of live streaming video from law enforcement vehicles traveling in excess of 100 mph during the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Police Vehicle Test Day this Thursday, using a mesh network and peer-to-peer (P2P) technology.

The objective of the Public Safety Broadband Consortium a group that includes InfiNet Wireless, Lockheed Martin Information Technology, Public Safety Broadband and Wi-Fi Citywide is to demonstrate advances in the use of wireless broadband technology for public safety officials. The LASD's Police Vehicle Test Day is an annual event that primarily focuses on vehicles themselves, with a testing process designed to address law enforcement officer's operational requirements.

The live demonstration will feature Lockheed Martin's In-Car Mobile Mesh Digital Video solution, using InfiNet Wireless 4.9 GHz mesh routers in four state of the art police vehicles. The Mobile Mesh Digital Video solution forms an instant mobile mesh network for peer-to peer networking, allowing first responders to spontaneously form an ad-hoc broadband network at the scene of an evolving incident. Once enabled, several incident scene management applications including live, streaming video between mobile vehicles may be instantaneously utilized. During the Test Day demonstration, live video will be streamed to an infield audience of 400 plus attendees while vehicles negotiate the test course at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The streaming video will be displayed on a large screen monitor in a viewing tent. " The test will demonstrate an Integrated public safety mesh network, a Wi-Fi public access network, and a Mesh backhaul network.

My first thought was, well isn't that special? The police get to go >100mph even during a non-emergency - simply to test this newfandangled P2P streaming video solution. My second thought went something like this:

Police Officer 1: Hey wow, this is cool! Now we can stream the accident and homicidal carnage LIVE back to our buddies back at the precinct that couldn't be here to enjoy the spectacle.

Police Officer 2: True. Video streaming will be cool. Wonder if we can also get DirecTV satellite reception in our police vehicles that works at high rates of speed and when turning will keep a satellite lock?

Police Officer 1: Bah! Who needs satellite TV when the tax payers will be footing the bill for this cool P2P adhoc network. You can just download movies to your in-dash computer using Bittorrent and this new adhoc P2P network. just announced today some consumer-based Bittorent devices, so should be easy to integrate into our in-dash computers.

Police Officer 2: You speak the truth my brother. Now I can check my GMail too.

Police Officer 1: True. So True. With my working the late shift, I'm usually too tired when I get home to surf the Web. I've been meaning to check out this Myspace thing I've been hearing about. Now I can surf the Web while I'm working my speed traps. Beauty, eh?

Police Officer 2: Amen! Hey, I wonder if we can do VoIP or Skype. My girlfriend is in Spain right now and the international calling is killing me!

Well, in all seriousness, this adhoc P2P network with video capabilities is an interesting use of technology. P2P tends to get a bad rap, so here's a P2P solution that is used to help people in an emergency. Of course, since it's a P2P network, I wonder how long before hackers can break into this network. Perhaps they can add or delete traffic tickets. I know the police still use paperwork to issue tickets, but at some point these tickets are entered into the computer system. Perhaps even at the time of the traffic stop. Wouldn't it be cool to get pulled over for going >140mph, receive a speeding ticket and then when the office goes back to his car, you open up your trusty laptop, hack into the police cruiser's computer and delete the record. I know, I know - not very likely, but as someone who loves to speed I can dream can't I?

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