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Lancaster spy in the sky press release
City of Lancaster Takes "Eye in the Sky" for Trial Run
System Will Launch a Whole New Era in Law Enforcement
Press Release Posted Date: 7/7/2009 12:00 PM

City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, Lancaster Sheriff's Station Captain Axel Anderson, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) Commander Robert Osborne, and City Manager Mark Bozigian recently gathered at General William J. Fox Airfield to take a cutting-edge aerial surveillance system for a trial flight. The system, which features high-definition video recording technology attached to a small aircraft, is capable of recording images from several miles away. The images can later be magnified to zoom in close enough on a given area to identify the individuals filmed, promising the launch of a whole new era in public safety and law enforcement techniques.

"This technology is nothing short of remarkable," said Parris. "I entered my address, and within seconds the camera had focused so well on my property that I was able to see both of my dogs and identify which was which - all from five miles away. This type of technology has the potential to drive criminals completely out of our community."

The flight was the first demonstration of the capability of the new technology, which has been dubbed "Eye in the Sky." Parris, the LASD, and Bozigian have been working conceptually on the project with aviator Dick Rutan in recent months.

Another important use of the technology displayed during the demonstration was the observance of a car accident, which the camera detected due to the heat produced by the vehicles involved. Within seconds of the collision, the camera focused on the area and gave those inside the plane a clear picture of all vehicles and people in the area, showing yet another way the system is useful for public safety.

"As demonstrated by our brief trial flight, the implications for this system in protecting our citizens are incredible," said Parris. "To say that we are excited about the implementation of this new technology, and the effects it will have, would be an extreme understatement."

Sheriff's Captain Axel Anderson was also on hand to evaluate the new system from a law enforcement perspective.

"The 'Eye in the Sky' will undoubtedly be a tremendous tool in our ongoing fight against crime," he said. "Through its use, we will be able to protect our citizens and their property better than ever."

All concerned are confident in the system's capabilities and affirmed the trial flight exceeded their expectations. It was, however, just the first step in making the technology part of Lancaster's crime-fighting arsenal.

"This demonstration is a major milestone in a project that will improve the quality of life in the Antelope Valley," said Bozigian. "To put it simply, it works. The next step is to make it operational, which includes financial considerations."

Lancaster will be the first entity in the nation to use the technology for general public safety. Such technology is currently used by the military, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and a limited number of other federal agencies.

"This system truly puts us on the cutting edge of public protection," said Parris. "Once it is operational, criminals will literally have nowhere to hide. We will have more eyes on criminals than anywhere else in the country."
08-07-2009 08:33 PM
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Lancaster spy in the sky press release: What the Hay Lancafghanistan
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Quote:"This system truly puts us on the cutting edge of public protection," said Parris. "Once it is operational, criminals will literally have nowhere to hide. We will have more eyes on criminals than anywhere else in the country."
The eye in the sky is not selective and sees all including innocents. A flagrant violation of our privacy. You can't tell me that somebody watching a screen will not make a joke of it.

HEY Lets use it for the NAT team so we can improve our image, or let's see if we can catch speeders.
I think it would be very useful for catching J-walkers and trash dumpers. Why not use it for surveillance of the 400 nay-sayers on the walmart proposal in Quarts Hill. Heck I could find a lot of useless projects for a remote controlled airplane.
09-07-2009 11:52 AM
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Maybe King Rex is getting training for his new job as a WalMart loss prevention officer.
09-07-2009 12:14 PM
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Lancaster spy in the sky : Big Brother flies into Valley with 'crime-fighting' eyes
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Big Brother flies into Valley with 'crime-fighting' eyes
This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press
Thursday, July 9, 2009.

By DAISY RATZLAFF and ALLISON GATLIN
Valley Press Staff Writers
LANCASTER - In what they say is the first step toward a new era in law enforcement techniques, city officials are testing a small airplane mounting a high-tech surveillance camera to help fight crime.

The aerial surveillance system features high-definition video recording technology that is capable of viewing people or objects

several miles away and whose images can later be magnified to identify the individuals, officials said.

"You never know when you are being watched or followed. It would be stupid to commit a crime. You see it with such detail," said Mayor R. Rex Parris, who took a ride last week in a camera-equipped airplane with pilot Dick Rutan.

"I have every hope that Lancaster will be the first city to deploy it. I've never been so excited about anything."

Such surveillance technology is used by the military, NASA and a limited number of other federal agencies, but Lancaster would be the first entity in the United States to use it for general public safety, officials said.

Parris asked Rutan, a Mojave Air and Space Port commissioner who is famous for piloting the Voyager aircraft around the world nonstop and unrefueled in 1986, for assistance in developing the concept of placing an "eye in the sky" over Lancaster.

At first, Rutan looked into deploying the camera on an unmanned aircraft to patrol the city's skies, but that proved to be too expensive and faced too many difficulties with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

Using a conventional small plane "solves all kinds of problems," Rutan said. "It's a lot cheaper to have a pilot on board than a drone."

For the first demonstration flight last week, the camera was mounted on a Cessna Caravan, but Rutan is researching smaller general aviation aircraft for the aerial platform.

The camera is an example of technology developed for and used by the military making a transition to civilian applications, Rutan said.

"I'm pretty impressed with the quality of the imagery you're able to get, day and night," he said. "I think it would be a terrific tool for law enforcement."

"I'm really excited to be part of it," Rutan said.

During the demonstration flight, the system was used to observe a car accident, a city announcement said.

The camera detected the collision due to the heat produced by the vehicles, and within seconds focused on the area and provided a clear picture of all vehicles and people in the area.

The mayor said he can't predict how long it will take to make the "eye in the sky" operational.

City officials said in the announcement that the trial flight exceeded their expectations, but called it just the first step in the process.

"This demonstration is a major milestone in a project that will improve the quality of life in the Antelope Valley," City Manager Mark Bozigian said in the announcement.

"To put it simply, it works. The next step is to make it operational, which includes financial considerations."

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09-07-2009 04:52 PM
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Lancaster is out of control. "KING" Paris wants 4 more years! Holy crap Batman!!!
09-07-2009 04:54 PM
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RE: Lancaster spy in the sky : Big Brother flies into Valley with 'crime-fighting' eyes
"You never know when you are being watched or followed. It would be stupid to commit a crime. You see it with such detail," said Mayor R. Rex Parris, who took a ride last week in a camera-equipped airplane with pilot Dick Rutan.

While not current, you can view almost all locations on earth from satellite http://maps.live.com, so you can look in anyones yard everywhere, or go in to Google, click on Maps, and you can view driving around most streets in the Antelope Valley, or many cities of America, or London, or Berlin, Germany. Do you have a new GM car with emergency accident protection when your car says: We noticed you have just had an accident, would you like help? How do they know where you are, how much are they listening in to conversations in your car?
09-07-2009 05:31 PM
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Wait a minute! Isn't this invasion of privacy if they photograph us in our own back yards with the high resolution cameras?

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