I am going to make this one a short one. The article today is fun and straightforward. Also, it's raining and I have been cooped up in my house all week so it is definitely time to get outside.
This is pretty cool. I had already heard about this since the system is already in effect in Arizona. Effectively a police vehicle can be equipped with a launching system that allows a GPS transmitter to be launched into another vehicle. The idea is that a police official can tag a vehicle during pursuit and then break off that pursuit. High speed chases are too unpredictable so having a way to track down violent suspects after the fact can save lives all around.
There are concerns about privacy. The ability to tag any vehicle at any time and locate that persons house is a scary proposition. Even outside of corruption and illegal use, there is still a lot of room for negligence in use. On the other hand, like all new technologies, education is the key to pushing society forward .
I am a GIS professional in Walla Walla, WA. I use this blog to force myself to really read through all of the GIS news that I get in my inbox. It also helps me practice writing.