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Japanese police to try system for sending video during emergency calls

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Welcome to 2022 !

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"Try?" Keystone Cops to the rescue!

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you mean like civilians have been doing via Line, Skype, TikTok, Twitter et al for years? except of course that all those platforms don't require this: "The callers will then need to enter a code the dispatcher has given them over the phone to upload the media, which will then be shared with police officers headed to the scene". dear oh dear!

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The Police here are incredibly efficient at times, and use both street & residential surveillance to its fullest, however the contribution of cell-phone videos may introduce a heightened anxiety between people - especially if they find themselves being apparently filmed by another.

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this is what happens when those in control are old as hell- this is new and novel to them

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Now the J-cops might try recording their interrogations…maybe not?

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you mean like civilians have been doing 

I guess you dont know the difference between a civilians doing it and the government doing it... It is called privacy concern, big brother etc.

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Good news, will help for sure in situations when words can't describe the situation and where first responders can see first hand what they are up against and prepare for it.

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Japanese bureaucrats often spend taxpayers money to design bespoke online systems that duplicate jobs which can already performed be using existing technology, or which could at least be adapted from an existing service, without building a bespoke system from scratch.

Maybe in this case they are simply a repurposing of an existing system at minimal cost but based on the government's prior track record, we should at least ask what is going on.

Good journalism would answer some of these questions.

How much being paid out on this contract? If it is coming from the public purse, the information should be public.

Now, at first glance, it certainly does sound like they reinventing the wheel by designing "a system to share video". But is that the case? Maybe they are simply doing the minimal extra work required to ensure privacy and get over people's reluctance to share their social media with police... or maybe not.

Who is choosing the company that will get this contract? What are the criteria for choosing them? Who audited the appropriateness of the contractual amount? Are there any people with connections to the communications ministry - such as former officials - taking a salary from this company? Is the government working to spend taxpayers money in a way that benefits society as a whole rather than specific, connected individuals and organization.

Seeing how, among others, the Olympics worked, how the advertising industry worked, and how the pandemic subsidy payments subindustry worked, these seem like obvious questions. Does no-one care to ask them?

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Excellent news... As always the Japanese Police using technology over guns, not like US cops...

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Because just sending them a ZOOM link and letting the officer see what's happening live doesn't involve nice contracts for connected companies.

By the time the dispatcher gets clearance to give out an address and code and the people get through that process the police will be there.

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Thats actually pretty smart. Especially if you can catch gropers and other pervs in the act.

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