The town of Chino Valley as decided to spend a mere $30,000 to equip the town’s Police with four device kits called eCitations. These over-glorified Motorola smart phones replace traditional ticket writing with all new high-tech portable software. It’s supposed to save money in the long run (ROI) by reducing manpower, paperwork, and errors.
For their purpose, these devices are probably the best thing money can buy. However, I am forced to wonder if the same thing couldn’t have been done with police car computers. In my line of work, there are always expensive high-tech solutions. But the most expensive solution is usually not the best solution. eCitations come to about $7,500 per unit, and that’s expensive even for the government.
On Thursday morningMay 13th, about 3,000 APS customers experienced a power failure. My power went out too. Thankfully, I have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) connected to my computer equipment, and so I was able to save my work and safely shut down my computer.
Three thousand Arizona Public Service customers in Chino Valley were without electrical power for 30 minutes Thursday morning.
Damon Gross, APS spokesman, said the power went out while the crews replaced a disconnect switch at one of its substations in Chino Valley that storms had damaged previously. The power went out at 7:51 a.m. and came back on at 8:19 a.m.
“This was the soonest we could get crews out to replace the damaged part,” he said.
The blackout affected APS’s electrical customers in central and eastern Chino Valley, including Chino Valley High School and Territorial Elementary School. It did not extend to Del Rio Elementary School or Heritage Middle School. However, because the district’s computer system is headquartered at the high school, the other schools could not access it during the power shutdown, a district official said.
Via The Daily Courier
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How can this window sticker hurt you?
It tells criminals a lot about you. The pedophile now knows you have three children. The killer who’s going to break into your house now knows they have to murder two adults, three children, a dog, and a cat. When I point this out to people, they always respond with “I’ve never thought of it that way before.” Criminals aren’t necessarily creative, but they do see things differently than most law-abiding citizens. If they find a weakness, they are likely to exploit it. The best defense is information security.
The Prescott Daily Courier reports “Phone, web scams clogging local law agencies“. The article contains a laundry list of stories about local people getting scammed, and they’re in good company. Everybody gets fooled, even multi-million-dollar corporations.
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