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Administration of Justice: Patrol Procedure

Professor Jesse Cabellero

Summer Session

7-7-09

Mary Eng

Moto-Mesh Wireless Systems from Motorola

The new Motomesh technology has been implemented in a high crime region of Jordon Downs
housing projects in Los Angeles as of 2007. Many strategies are incorporated into the functionality of
the system which centers on wirelessly configured real-time video surveillance. The pilot program
involves seven cameras and cost 1.4 million, and was funded by a Department of Justice grant. There
has been a 30% reduction in crime in the area. Taking the success of the MacArthur Park surveillance
cameras further, Motorola allows for an interoperability with police cars that can watch the camera
views from inside their cars and zoom in and out. Motorola has long been a leader in police technology
systems, supplying the LAPD with handheld radios and computer-aided dispatch networks. A police
force in Texas recently purchased a $21 million dollar Motorola broadband system that allows cops
access crime data from the field. Motorola is a leading innovator in public services technologies and
offers small handheld data devices that are marketed towards police, health care, and other public
service sectors.

The mesh network concept involves a network using a large number of wireless signals
hopscotching from point to point and connected to create a coverage area. It allows a large area to be
covered by a strong bandwidth capable of carrying video signal. This technology is still in a trial
phase and software issues and implementation issues are still being sorted out.

Security concerns raised by the ACLU and others, are refuted by the overwhelmingly positive safety
enhancement for the community. In a related issue, ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have
been vocal in requesting GPS tracking from wireless carriers be only granted upon issuance of a
warrant. Google has stated they will not reveal customer data, unless a warrant demands it. As these
new technologies have a role in evidence and court proceedings it is interesting to see the privacy
invasion issues and fourth amendment violations that may be at stake. Another comparison would be
the widespread video surveillance and explicit and frequent public notification thereof in the UK.
Privacy concerns seem less a hassle there, but Americans are more prone to claim privacy right
infringements.

Marketing materials for the company center on the way initial cost outlays of the technology are
offset by critical crime reduction. Each homicide costs the taxpayer millions of dollars in prosecution,
incarceration, and other fees. When Motorola markets this Mesh technology, even in the current
financial climate, municipalities like Los Angeles are prone to seeing the long-run cost benefit analysis
in crime reduction and prevention.

In conclusion, Motorola has defined itself as a cutting edge company with a viable role in the future
of police procedure. They will continue to innovate and position themselves for lucrative government
contracts and help the overall safety of individuals, and the good of the community. By doing more
with less, the force can become truly effective. The Motomesh internet wireless blanket has practical
applications for citywide wireless service for ordinary people as well, as Atlanta has recently
implemented a Motomesh city wireless technology. As viable city planning recognizes the universal
necessity of total wireless coverage, such community policing strategies as e-policing will have even
greater effect. The beneficial effect of wireless coverage will also spur business growth and investment
which will indirectly help the reduction of crime. By continuing to create new products and services
and conduct test market demonstrations such as the Jordon Downs crime reduction, Motorola will gain
municipal clients nationwide in police technologies.

According to leading tech website Techcrunch.com's Crunchbase technology profiles database,


“Motorola is a telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois. It is a manufacturer of
wireless telephone handsets, also designing and selling wireless network infrastructure equipment such
as cellular transmission base stations and signal amplifiers. Motorola’s home and broadcast network
products include set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and network equipment used to enable video
broadcasting, computer telephony, and high-definition television. Its business and government
customers consist mainly of wireless voice and broadband systems used to build private networks and
public safety communications systems.”
It was founded in 1928, has 66,000 employees, and is worth $181 milllion.

From the promotional material on the website motorola.com:

“MESH Wireless Video Camera

Motorola's mesh and Wi-Fi enabled camera video system is a robust, low-cost, easy-to-deploy, wireless
solution for fixed and mobile video. Integrating Motorola's Mobility Enabled Access (MEA)
technology or Wi-Fi directly into Sony's IPELA® camera has created a solution that is smaller and
more cost-effective than conventional wireless video systems. Utilizing either licensed 4.9 GHz or
unlicensed 2.4 GHz frequencies, the MESH Wireless Video Camera system can be part of a larger
MOTOMESH network, or act as a standalone video solution. Users can wirelessly access high quality
video feeds – even while traveling at highway speeds.”

Product overview:

“Self-forming wireless video network


Motorola's intelligent MEA technology turns mesh camera nodes and clients into router/repeaters that
form a seamless, wireless network automatically. This network can be deployed independently, or as
part of a wider mesh network using additional mesh devices.

Multi-hopping feature
Video and other broadband data can "hop" through every device in a network, even to and from
vehicles traveling at highway speeds. The video network actually becomes more robust as additional
cameras and other MEA devices are added.

Support for 4.9 GHz MEA, 2.4 GHz MEA and 802.11 b/g operation
A mesh camera network can be configured to utilize either licensed 4.9 GHz, or unlicensed 2.4 GHz
frequencies. Motorola offers a wireless modem card for 2.4 GHz and 4.9 GHz frequencies, which is
inserted directly into Sony's IPELA® camera to create a mesh camera node. The camera comes
preloaded with drivers for both frequencies and will automatically join the network when turned on.
Built-in 802.11 b/g provides Wi-Fi connectivity to the Duo line of the MOTOMESH portfolio.

Cost-Effective, scalable and easy to deploy


Within each node, the routing and access functions are managed by an internal wireless modem card,
eliminating the need for externally connected network devices. This can significantly reduce costs
compared to conventional wireless video systems. Mesh camera nodes provide a fast, easy way to add
high quality video applications to existing Motorola mesh networks.

Public safety and security benefits

* Supports 4.9 GHz radio spectrum licensed specifically for public safety use.
* Quickly deploy as permanent or temporary video surveillance platform for schools, parks, airports,
sporting events, etc. Stream live video to and from vehicles in route to, or engaged at an incident site.
* Integrates seamlessly into wide area, 2.4 GHz or 4.9 GHz MOTOMESH networks.

Benefits for municipalities

* Supports unlicensed 2.4 GHz radio spectrum for general public use (802.11b/g operates on 2.4
GHz radio spectrum).
* Highly scalable solution allows deployment of networks of any size.
* Stream live video to and from vehicles even while traveling at highway speeds.
* Provide improved system management and enhanced rider experience for public transit.
• The mesh camera wireless video system is part of Motorola's suite of fixed and mobile
intelligent video solutions.”