A Weekend Techlaration post with Co-Editor Dustin Slaughter
The Declaration editors decided to walk around the Made in America grounds to see what kind of surveillance and emergency operations infrastructure they have in place just for the festival.
While we both agreed that the security theater was not terribly over-the-top when it came to electronic scenery, some technology in use at the concert merits the public’s awareness.
And: along with the expected SWAT and Major Incident Response Vehicles (and some pretty rad Bomb Disposal Unit motorcycles), something rather large and conspicuous has earned a mention: a tractor-trailer for the Pennsylvania FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.
We generally thought this was strange. We shot a quick video so you could see. We also felt it was unwise for the operator of the official SUV parked behind the trailer to leave the Tactical Operations Plan for the event on both his back seat and in his cup-holder, in plain view. We won’t post the pictures but trust us.
Some other surveillance tech in use and worth note: portable IP cameras mounted to light posts and connected via a wireless mesh network; the ELSAG Mobile Plate Hunter 900, an Automatic License Plate Reader (parked at Kelly Drive, scanning all vehicles that passed).
There’s also this Homeland Security Unit that includes a tower with a helicopter up-link, it has a mobile version with a tablet-like interface (an officer was nice enough to show us).
You have to admit these bikes are sick.