Cell towers – Wendon http://wendon.net/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 00:33:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://wendon.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Cell towers – Wendon http://wendon.net/ 32 32 DigitalBridge and Columbia Capital Launch Xenith IG Fiber Platform in Asia Pacific https://wendon.net/digitalbridge-and-columbia-capital-launch-xenith-ig-fiber-platform-in-asia-pacific/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 00:33:00 +0000 https://wendon.net/digitalbridge-and-columbia-capital-launch-xenith-ig-fiber-platform-in-asia-pacific/

BOCA RATON, Florida and ALEXANDRIA, Virginia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DigitalBridge Investment Management (“DigitalBridge”), the investment management arm of DigitalBridge Group, Inc., and Columbia Capital-affiliated funds have formed Xenith Infrastructure Group (“Xenith IG”), a new fiber platform serving hyperscalers, data center operators, carriers and enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region. Xenith IG’s initial assets include conduit and fiber assets in Singapore and Hong Kong, which it acquired from Superloop (ASX:SLC).

Xenith IG will be led by Clement Goh, who has been appointed Managing Director, effective August 1, 2022. Mr. Goh brings to Xenith IG over 20 years of experience in the digital infrastructure and technology industry in the Asia- Peaceful.

Mr. Goh said, “I am honored to serve as CEO of Xenith IG and look forward to working with the entire team to meet the growing demand for reliable, high-performance fiber connectivity as digitalization continues to grow in this region. DigitalBridge and Columbia Capital are world leaders in building digital infrastructure businesses, and I am delighted to partner with them to deliver dense, high-quality fiber optic networks that meet our customers’ current and future needs. .

“We believe Xenith IG is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the significant growth in network demand seen in Asia-Pacific,” said Justin Chang, Managing Director and Head of Asia at DigitalBridge. “We are also delighted to welcome Clément in his role as CEO. Clement brings a deep understanding of the connectivity and data center business in this region, and we look forward to working with him to build the Xenith IG platform into a leading fiber optic infrastructure provider in this region.

John Siegel, Partner at Columbia Capital, said, “Growth in data center capacity in Asia Pacific is creating significant demand for resilient fiber infrastructure. We look forward to working with Clement, a leading executive with significant expertise in regional data center and connectivity markets, to build a best-in-class infrastructure platform.

During his career, Mr. Goh has held executive and operating positions in several digital infrastructure and technology companies in the Asia-Pacific markets. He joins Xenith IG from ST Telemedia Global Data Centers (“STT GDC”), where he served as CEO for Southeast Asia and was responsible for leading the company’s growth initiatives in this region. region. Prior to STT GDC, Mr. Goh served as Equinix’s General Manager for South Asia, where he was responsible for the overall performance of Singapore’s IBX centers and the distribution partnership in Indonesia, in addition to playing a instrumental in setting up the Equinix sales office. in India. Earlier in his career, Mr. Goh held business development positions at Dell, Oracle and Hewlett Packard. Mr. Goh holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Singapore with concentrations in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and an MBA from the National University of Singapore and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

About Digital Bridge

DigitalBridge (NYSE: DBRG) is one of the world’s leading digital infrastructure investment firms. With a legacy of more than 25 years of investing in and operating businesses across the digital ecosystem, including cell towers, data centers, fiber, small cells and edge infrastructure, l he DigitalBridge team manages a US$47 billion portfolio of digital infrastructure assets on behalf of its partners and shareholders. Based in Boca Raton, DigitalBridge has key offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Singapore. For more information, visit www.digitalbridge.com.

About Columbia Capital

Columbia Capital is a leading venture capital firm, focused on partnering with top carriers to build companies in the digital infrastructure, enterprise computing and mobility sectors. Since its inception in 1989, Columbia Capital has invested in more than 175 companies in its areas of focus. To date, Columbia Capital has raised approximately US$5 billion in fund commitments. Columbia Capital is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, USA. For more information, visit www.colcap.com.

About Xenith IG

Xenith IG is a dark fiber network infrastructure owner and operator serving the APAC region. Hyperscalers, data center operators, content providers, carriers and enterprises rely on Xenith IG to deliver reliable, robust and high-bandwidth connectivity solutions. Xenith IG’s management consists of fiber optic connectivity professionals with a proven track record in building and maintaining large-scale data networks around the world. Learn more by visiting www.xenithig.com.

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]]> Huawei infrastructure can disrupt US nuclear systems https://wendon.net/huawei-infrastructure-can-disrupt-us-nuclear-systems/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 09:04:22 +0000 https://wendon.net/huawei-infrastructure-can-disrupt-us-nuclear-systems/

JThe Federal Bureau of Investigation has investigated Chinese tech company Huawei on national security grounds. Although Huawei is listed as a private company, it has close ties to the Chinese government and military. It is also subject to laws that require all companies to comply with requests from Chinese intelligence services. The FBI report acquired by cnn exposes some shocking security vulnerabilities in the United States.

“Among the most alarming things, FBI discovered relates to Chinese-made Huawei equipment on top of cellphone towers near US military bases in the rural Midwest,” the report said. cnn reported. “According to several sources familiar with the matter, the FBI determined that the equipment was capable of capturing and disrupting highly restricted Department of Defense communications, including those used by US Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons. The Huawei technology installed in these towers is accessible to Chinese state actors and used as a means to scrutinize US nuclear missile silo infrastructure, which is concentrated in the Midwest region. They could also be used to capture or disrupt communications.

This means that in a moment of extreme crisis, the US military might be powerless to organize a response. In the modern reality of nuclear weapons, whoever strikes first is likely to win.

“Since the Obama administration, FBI officers were monitoring a disturbing pattern along sections of Interstate 25 in Colorado and Montana, and on thoroughfares in Nebraska,” the report continued. “The heavily trafficked corridor connects some of the most secretive military installations in the United States, including an archipelago of nuclear missile silos.” Huawei offered cheaper China-made routers to cellphone companies providing coverage in these rural areas, primarily in the I-25 corridor. “Beginning in late 2011, Viaero, the region’s largest regional provider, signed a contract with Huawei to supply the equipment necessary for its upgrade to 3G. A decade later, Huawei technology is installed on its entire fleet of towers, about 1,000 spread across five western states.

Another national security concern is the weather cameras installed on the Viaero towers which provide a free, high-definition live feed of traffic and weather. These cameras also provide a free, high-definition live feed of US military movements to the Chinese government. “Two sources briefed on the investigation at the time said officials believed it was possible for Beijing’s intelligence services to ‘load’ the cameras – hack into the network and control where they were pointing,” cnn wrote. “At least some of the cameras in question were working on Huawei networks.”

When the FBI informed President Donald Trump of these implications, several steps have been taken to remove Huawei from the US market and to remove any installed Huawei technology. The Federal Communications Commission (fcc) ordered all telecommunications companies that received federal subsidies to remove Huawei equipment, known as “rip and replace.” In 2020, Congress approved $1.9 billion in reimbursement for the “rip and replace.” So far the fcc received requests to withdraw 24,000 pieces of Huawei equipment. However, companies like Viaero claim it would only cover a fraction of the cost and the Huawei gear is still in place.

The Biden administration has relaxed some of the policies towards Huawei. Journalist Aaron Kliegman wrote: “Last year, the administration approved special licenses worth hundreds of millions of dollars allowing Huawei to purchase chips for its smart car components, such as screens and sensors. Last year, the United States also allowed Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, to return to China without trial under a compromise deal. The threat Huawei equipment poses to US nuclear infrastructure is just one of the many ways China threatens America with espionage and cyberattacks.

Matt Erickson wrote in “China Could Unleash a Cyber-Pearl Harbor on America”: “Most military planners agree that China will attempt to blind US forces by disabling satellites early in a conflict. If Beijing succeeds, the United States will struggle to understand, communicate, and even navigate the battlefield. …Far from needing to use lasers or kinetic hit-to-kill weapons against satellites, Beijing can do its greatest damage through cyberattacks.

China has the ability to hack into and disable US military satellites, which would immediately blunt the technological edge of any US military response. Huawei’s infrastructure in the United States could make these cyberattacks even more powerful. This is possible because the US military and all of its vital infrastructure depends on technology.

Trumpet editor Gerald Flurry has been warning for decades that America’s Achilles’ heel is a cyberattack. In 1995, Mr. Flurry quoted analyst Joseph de Courcy, who wrote: “Computer addiction is the problem of the Western world. Achilles’ heeland within a few years, this weakness could be fully tested.” Mr. Flurry continued:

Let’s just look at the military part of this problem. I have wondered about a Bible verse for many years. … God promises to punish Israel—primarily the United States and Britain—at this end time. Once again, God is emphasizing the end time [in Ezekiel 7]“The end has come, the end has come: it awaits you; behold, he has come” (verse 6). God will show no mercy. “And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity: I will repay you according to your ways and your abominations which are in your midst; and you will know that I am the Lord who knocks” (verse 9). Israel will get to know God—after He strikes them! It certainly hasn’t happened yet.

Now consider an alarming scripture: “They sounded the trumpet, even to get everything ready; but no one is going to fightfor my wrath is upon all his multitude” (verse 14). The trumpet of war has sounded in Israel, primarily in America and Britain. It seems like everyone expected our people to go into battle. But the biggest tragedy imaginable happened! No one went into battle, even though the trumpet sounded! Will it be because of a computer terrorist?

Bible prophecy reveals that America will suffer a nuclear attack during the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21-22; Ezekiel 5:1-2). Will this nuclear attack be preceded by a cyberattack? Based on Bible prophecy and the vulnerabilities of the United States, it seems inevitable. But who will be the aggressor?

The Bible identifies that a German-led Holy Roman Empire will launch this nuclear attack on the United States. At that time, Europe will be in a trading alliance with Asia, led by Russia and China, which Isaiah 23 calls the “marketplace of nations.” Just before the attack on America, European forces will have conquered Iran in a lightning attack (Daniel 11:40-42). Immediately after this victory over Iran, “news from the east and from the north will trouble him: therefore he will come out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many people” (verse 44). What troubles this European superpower? Mr. Flurry writes in Ezekiel, the prophet of the end times:

The king in the north, the Holy Roman Emperor, will hear disturbing news from the east and the north. This news comes after the King of the South has been destroyed. They come from the Asian axis! The Holy Roman Emperor will be troubled by what the Russians and the Chinese are doing.

Before that, when the Tribulation began, this emperor was cooperate with the Russians and Chinese to economically besiege the Anglo-Saxon nations. But perhaps he hears rumors that the Asian axis is planning to invade North America and conquer it for its own account.

Whatever the exact news, the Bible is clear that it will be the Holy Roman Empire that will single-handedly invade North America. And this passage is clear that this news will spur the emperor to go ahead with great fury destroy!

Europe may be confused that Russia and China are about to hit America. Could a massive Chinese cyberattack on the United States be the news that would push Europe to launch a nuclear attack on the United States? Certain actions by Russia and China are causing Europe to rush into the attack.

America’s Cyber ​​Pearl Harbor will arrive. Spying on Huawei shows just one example of how this tragic future is self-inflicted. Our leaders have been stupid, naive and, in the case of the radical left, treacherous, deliberately making decisions to undermine the United States. But above all, this terrible future is due to our national sins against the law of God. America’s Achilles heel is being mortally pierced by the nuclear arrow because of our rebellion against God.

To learn more about these important prophecies and God’s hopeful plan, please read Ezekiel, the prophet of the end times, by Gerald Flurry.

Partnership with INVOLI Delivers Scalable UAV Solutions in Alberta’s Energy Sector – sUAS News https://wendon.net/partnership-with-involi-delivers-scalable-uav-solutions-in-albertas-energy-sector-suas-news/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 08:14:19 +0000 https://wendon.net/partnership-with-involi-delivers-scalable-uav-solutions-in-albertas-energy-sector-suas-news/
  • Working with TELUS, AIRmarket and INVOLI brings an additional level of tactical mitigation to achieve the security objectives required for BVLOS missions in Canada.
  • This partnership enables the tracking of manned and unmanned aircraft in this corridor.
  • The surveillance of cooperative manned aircraft is a strategic element of AIRmarket’s UTM vision.

AIRmarket is used to working with world-class companies to develop Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), specifically for drone traffic. One of these partnerships consists in working with INTOLI, in order to ensure the surveillance of cooperative air traffic.

AIRmarket has deployed INVOLI receivers in the first segment of the Energy UTM trials. This is part of AIRmarket’s asset inventory and forms the basis of UTM service delivery.

“We have finalized hardware deployment to TELUS towers in the Edmonton area and are actively monitoring the airspace for the first phase of Energy UTM trials,” said AIRmarket CEO and Founder Lindsay Mohr. “We believe that ADS-B transponders will play an increasing role in manned aviation. Combined with remote identification RPAS services, transponder surveillance will form the foundation of the digital visibility framework in Canada.

INVOLI is part of the Swiss U-Space Implementation, a nationwide collaborative effort to safely integrate drones into the airspace, led by the Swiss Civil Aviation Authority and the Swiss service provider skyguide air navigation company, alongside a growing group of industry players.

INVOLI receivers are deployed on existing TELUS cell towers. Using the INTOLI G-1090 Air Traffic Receiver, AIRmarket’s SKYLINK UTM system has comprehensive knowledge of air traffic. INVOLI’s hardware system supports all versions of transponders (Mode A/C/S/ADS-B) and the software includes multilateration capabilities.

Recently, this partnership has been taken to the next level, as AIRmarket will become the first UTM provider to benefit from INVOLI.Analytics services. INVOLI.Analytics includes a surveillance coverage map, traffic density map and MLAT simulation that will allow AIRmarket to perform a quantitative assessment of residual atmospheric hazards and meet tactical mitigation performance requirements to meet targets. of security.

INVOLI CEO Manu Lubrano said: “It is a pleasure to work with AIRmarket. Our partnership has evolved significantly over the past few months, and it’s an incredible environment to demonstrate how our solutions can effectively support BVLOS operations. Our recent collaboration on traffic data analytics (INVOLI.Analytics) pushes the boundaries of what is currently possible in the field of aerial risk mitigation for drone operations.

For more information about INTOLI, please visit INTOLI.

For more information on the SKYLINK UTM system, visit SKYLINK.

HoR committee demands free telephone service for citizens https://wendon.net/hor-committee-demands-free-telephone-service-for-citizens/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 15:29:01 +0000 https://wendon.net/hor-committee-demands-free-telephone-service-for-citizens/

The request for free telephone service is raised during a parliamentary committee meeting. While discussing telecom services with stakeholders, members of the HoR (House of Representatives) Development and Technology Committee called for a free telephone service for all citizens.

The meeting took place on Thursday July 28e in Singha Durbar where the quality of services of Nepal Telecom (Ntc) was also discussed. On this occasion, the members of the committee requested a free telephone service.

“Telephone service is free in many countries. There should be arrangements for this in Nepal too,” MP Ram Bahadur Bista suggested.

The idea of ​​a free telephone service for all citizens seems very attractive. However, this does not seem possible at the moment. In recent years, since Covid-19 in particular, telecommunications companies have not achieved good financial results. Major operators have seen continued declines in profits, including a decline in the average revenue per user of Nepalese subscribers in recent years. In light of this, getting free phone service seems more utopian than anything else.

But we would all like free phone calls. We hope that this scenario will materialize in the near future.

NTA chairman wants approval for telecom towers on government buildings

On the same occasion, NTA Chairman Purushottam Khanal demanded arrangements to install cell phone towers on government buildings.

Due to concerns about exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell phone towers, many homeowners are reluctant to allow telecommunications companies to install the towers on their buildings. This has hindered the expansion of telecom operator services and even compromised the quality of services in urban areas. To remedy this, Mr. Khanal raised the idea of ​​installing base stations on government buildings.

He shared that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find locations for new towers, especially in cities. Therefore, he requested an arrangement to erect the towers on government buildings.

The NTA supremo also called on the committee to order authorities to construct new government buildings to allow for cell towers.

See also: NTA to study the effect of electromagnetic radiation from cell towers

The committee agrees

The NTA president’s suggestion was quickly accepted by the committee. The committee asked the ministries concerned to construct buildings in such a way as to facilitate the installation of mobile equipment. The committee asked relevant departments to draft the criteria and facilitate their implementation for cell tower installations.

“Given the increasing difficulties in removing even the towers installed on the houses of the citizens, the committee leads the office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers of Nepal, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Ministry of Development organize the implementation of necessary criteria to help install telecommunication towers on buildings constructed by Nepalese government agencies,” the decision of the meeting reads.

Kathmandu telecommunication towers
Cell towers of different operators installed nearby in Kathmandu

Similarly, Sunil Poudel, MD of Nepal Telecom (NTC) came up with the idea of ​​using small and lightweight cell towers for network expansion amid the difficulty of finding houses to install towers.

The committee calls for an action plan to improve telecommunications services

Similarly, the committee asked the MoCIT to develop an action plan to improve the quality of service of Ntc. The ministry asked to prepare and submit its action plan in 15 days.

During the meeting, the committee members relayed the issues of poor signal, call and data failures, etc.

On Poush 19, the committee had requested an action plan to install more towers to accelerate the expansion of the 4G network. The action plan included the roadmap for the expansion of 4G in the remaining 43 local levels and the establishment of 228 towers. The government originally planned to start the fourth generation cellular network by FY077/78.

Discover: 4G users in Nepal; Market share of Ntc, Ncell and Smart Cell

Development and Technology Committee Chairman Kalyani Kumari Khadka noted that the previous directive was not followed. She sarcastically ordered the ministry to “resubmit” its action plan to the committee.

During the discussion, Ntc MD Mr. Poudel shared a progress report and the challenges the company is facing. He provided details on the company’s expansion and 2G, 3G and 4G capacity, as well as upgrading outdated transmission equipment to new devices. His report also included adding bandwidth to transmission networks operated by microwave links.

Telecommunication service has spread across the country, but many areas are still unconnected. Meanwhile, the services of the available areas are also not up to standard as per the standards set by the NTA.

Find out: NTA’s mobile quality of service report shows dismal performance

What do you think of free phone service and the network of cell towers around you? You can share your thoughts on both in the comments section below.

Broadband access in Iran tops 128%: ARC figures https://wendon.net/broadband-access-in-iran-tops-128-arc-figures/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 18:33:00 +0000 https://wendon.net/broadband-access-in-iran-tops-128-arc-figures/
Quarterly figures from Iran’s telecommunications regulator show broadband access has topped 128%.

Quarterly figures from Iran’s telecommunications regulator (CRA) show broadband internet access in the country increased in the quarter to June to cover 128% of the population, up one point. percentage over the previous quarter.

Figures released by the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday showed that the total number of broadband subscriptions in Iran reached 108.87 million in the three months to the end of June, including nearly 97.84 million. mobile broadband subscriptions and more than 11 million fixed lines.

Figures showed that the number of SIM cards registered in Iran had reached nearly 208 million, with the top mobile operator, MCI, responsible for more than 106 million subscriptions.

MCI’s active SIM cards were around 75.5 million while second operator MTN Irancell had over 60.7 million active subscribers and third operator Rightel had nearly 5.3 million users in June, showed the numbers.

The numbers were down slightly from data released by the ARC in the quarter to the end of March as Internet demand in Iran fell following an easing of coronavirus restrictions in the country.

Figures for the June quarter showed that the number of cell towers deployed by the three operators in cities, towns and roads across Iran exceeded 8,500.

They showed that fourth-generation (4G) internet coverage had expanded to nearly 36,000 BTS sites in Iran, while 3G internet was available at nearly 40,000 sites, and nearly 45,000 BTS sites offered 2G internet.

New Orleans reinstates police use of facial recognition, reversing earlier ban https://wendon.net/new-orleans-reinstates-police-use-of-facial-recognition-reversing-earlier-ban/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 16:37:11 +0000 https://wendon.net/new-orleans-reinstates-police-use-of-facial-recognition-reversing-earlier-ban/

By Ben Myers
The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Lawyer

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans City Council voted Thursday to allow New Orleans police to use facial recognition and other surveillance tools, siding with Mayor LaToya Cantrell and a number number of civic groups facing concerns from privacy advocates as the city faces an explosion in violent crime. .

The 4-2 vote on an ordinance introduced by District C council member Eugene Green overturns parts of a broader surveillance ban passed by the council in 2020. It allows the New Orleans Police Department to request access to facial recognition technology when investigating. violent crimes. The NOPD will also be allowed to use “cell site simulators” or simulated cell phone towers used in cell phone monitoring.

New Orleans police, Cantrell and a number of civic and business groups have argued for months that dropping the council’s previous restrictions, which went into effect last year, would give the city’s depleted strength more tools to find and arrest people who have committed murders and other acts of violence. New Orleans recorded 145 murders in the first half of this year, far surpassing any other US city per capita and putting it on pace for the highest number since the late 1990s.

But privacy advocates and civil liberties groups who fought to put the initial restrictions in place said it was a mistake to roll back the ban, noting that law enforcement n had provided no evidence that the tools had actually played a role in solving crimes.

Council members JP Morrell and Lesli Harris, who voted against the order on Thursday, said it would do nothing to improve public safety and distract from other pressing issues within the police department. Marvin Arnold of Eye on Surveillance, a privacy organization that pushed for the original ban, attacked the order as a performative measure. Arnold said the council would do better to target poverty and disenfranchisement.

“Refusing to address the root causes is just a big show. It’s a performance that saps the intelligence of the people of New Orleans and highlights the lack of depth in our leadership,” Arnold said.

Green said new NOPD policies on the use of facial recognition technology, including restrictions on the types of crimes the surveillance could be used for and procedures to ensure accuracy, were adequate safeguards.

“I wouldn’t do anything that would endanger myself, my two black sons or anyone in this town. That’s why these safeguards are in place,” Green said.

In a prepared statement, Cantrell called the order a “victory for everyone” that represented “a giant step toward greater public safety.”

a reversal

The city council approved its original ban nearly two years ago. At the time, New Orleans had seen some of the lowest levels of violent crime in years, with murders falling to multi-decade lows. It also came after NOPD officials were forced to admit that earlier statements by senior brass that the force did not use facial recognition were not true. Privacy advocates have also argued for years that the technology is much more likely to return fake matches against black people.

The ban prohibited the NOPD from generating evidence based on facial recognition or requesting such evidence from a third party – although investigators were allowed to use it if it was provided without them asking. The new law still prohibits the NOPD from generating facial surveillance itself, but allows investigators to request it when investigating specific crimes.

Police officials said Thursday the technology is a vital investigative tool. sergeant. David Barnes, speaking to the council, pointed out that the new NOPD policy, which was drafted ahead of Thursday’s vote, creates several layers of human scrutiny to avoid misidentifications.

Investigators wishing to use the technology must first exhaust all other methods of identification and then seek authorization from a supervisor. The supervisor verifies the investigator’s “reasonable suspicion” that the subject is related to criminal activity, then sends the image to the Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange, which analyzes law enforcement data for local agencies, state and federal.

[RELATED: Confidence in New Orleans PD plummets as crime fears swell, survey shows]

Fusion center staff would then submit the image to a database of mugshots and other images with identified subjects looking for possible matches, and several staff members must agree separately before returning a positive match, Barnes said. Contrary to the concerns of opponents, Barnes said the technology actually deters wrongful convictions by helping police identify suspects more efficiently and accurately.

But under questioning by Harris, Barnes said he had no information on how many times it had been used before the ban or what happened following its use.

“You don’t have any data sitting here today telling me this is actually working, leading to arrests, admissions or clearances,” Harris said.

In addition to Green, council members Freddie King III, Oliver Thomas and Joe Giarrusso voted to support the measure. Council member Helena Moreno, who had symptoms of COVID-19 this week, was absent on the advice of her doctor.

His absence prevented the passage of a series of amendments to the ordinance that sought to ensure that facial recognition is not used to investigate abortions or consensual sexual activity between members of the same sex, and to require judicial review prior to the NOPD’s use of the technology and regularly report on its effectiveness.

A separate amendment was passed to clarify that the use of facial recognition is limited to the NOPD and is not available to city personnel outside the department.

A clean version

The decision to allow facial recognition again began earlier this year. Green originally introduced a measure in February that allowed facial recognition and other controversial technologies related to feature tracking, predictive policing and cellphone monitoring, all of which were included in the 2021 ban. withdrew the measure at a council committee last month ahead of a vote, and returned with a slimmed-down version on Thursday for full consideration by the council.

Green’s revised order listed specific crimes that could be assisted by facial recognition and also left in place the ban on feature tracking and predictive policing. Morrell and Harris said explicit protections — like those in their failed amendment — are needed because Louisiana’s criminal laws could always be changed. For example, Morrell noted that the definition of murder could be changed to include fetuses as victims.

Green said the protections Morrell and Harris seek could be added later if needed.


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The best digital trackers to keep tabs on your kids https://wendon.net/the-best-digital-trackers-to-keep-tabs-on-your-kids/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 09:45:05 +0000 https://wendon.net/the-best-digital-trackers-to-keep-tabs-on-your-kids/

The world can be a terrifying place. And for those of us who are already anxiety-prone, it’s easy to imagine nightmarish scenarios of at-risk loved ones getting lost or a runaway pet or child caught in a risky situation. Whether the danger is real or perceived, some caregivers, parents, and guardians use digital safety trackers to track their children’s location and avoid potential dangers, while gaining great peace of mind in the process.

These trackers come in the form of small plastic tools or tiles that can be worn on the body or kept in a pocket, and usually have built-in GPS technology that provides real-time location information to an app on your phone. . Devices like the Jiobit have gained popularity on the internet, thanks to the manufacturer’s claim that it is the “smallest and number one tracker for children” and can also be useful for pets, luggage or people at risk. This portable, waterproof device pairs with an app to track the wearer’s location in real time, even when there’s no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth available, while also offering a number of tracking functions. different security such as first responder emergency services, location sharing and custom geo-fencing.

Many digital trackers like the Jiobit use a combination of connection methods, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular data towers, to provide minute-by-minute tracking. Most of these devices, including the Jiobit, are operated through an app and require a subscription plan to work. (We’ve included a few watch-style options that allow even basic communication in the form of calling and messaging.)

Ahead, you can find out what real users had to say about the Jiobit, as well as information about other digital tracking options on the market.

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Claims that drop boxes were a vehicle for rampant voter fraud continue to crumble https://wendon.net/claims-that-drop-boxes-were-a-vehicle-for-rampant-voter-fraud-continue-to-crumble/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 18:38:09 +0000 https://wendon.net/claims-that-drop-boxes-were-a-vehicle-for-rampant-voter-fraud-continue-to-crumble/


Polls for the 2020 presidential election closed around 895,000 minutes ago, at the time of writing. Former President Donald Trump’s allies have been trying diligently (if sloppyly) to prove the election was stolen for all 895,000 of them.

So far, not only has there been no evidence of widespread fraud, there has been no evidence of even small-scale fraud. A few people in various states have been charged with voter fraud offenses — including a number of Trump supporters. But there’s nothing beyond fluffy claims or error-ridden statistical analysis to suggest something larger was going on. Certainly nothing to suggest that Joe Biden lost this contest.

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On Sunday, The Associated Press reinforced the lack of evidence with a report that focused on the ballot box. This method of voting, allowing people to cast completed ballots to be counted, has increased in 2020, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The AP’s review of the use of the boxes across the country determined that no state reported “cases in which the boxes were linked to voter fraud or stolen ballots,” and that there had been no incidents of vandalism that could have affected the election results by destroying ballot papers.

In other words, there is literally no evidence that drop boxes facilitated widespread fraud – or that they were a vehicle for fraud to any degree.

The AP conducted a similar wide-ranging review of fraud allegations last year. Then he found that ballots considered suspicious in swing states were only a small fraction of ballots cast. Even if all of those suspicious votes were illegal — which they won’t — it wouldn’t have affected Trump’s loss in any state.

These findings should not be expected to undermine the narrative offered by Trump’s allies. Drop boxes have become a focal point for fraud claims, thanks in large part to right-wing filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s “2000 Mules.”

Trump allies seized on D’Souza’s suggestion that ballots were collected and submitted via drop boxes on a scale large enough to affect the results of the 2020 election, despite the film’s utter failure to provide only one example of a fraudulent ballot submitted. A cadre of right-wing House lawmakers nonetheless demanded an investigation into the ‘potentially widespread illegal activity’ shown in the film – a phrase in which the word ‘potentially’ was asked to do more work than at any other time. of its existence.

The elected and conservative Supreme Court of Wisconsin said that since drop boxes were not explicitly permitted in 2020, their use was illegal – and that it “weakens people’s faith that the election produced a result reflecting their will”. With this dubious argument, boxes are banned in the future.

D’Souza, still in sellout mode on his film (now only $19.99 to stream!), responded to the AP’s report with characteristic disdain.

“This AP article argues that PO drop boxes are good because: 1. Election officials say so. 2. There were virtually no instances of vandalized or damaged drop boxes,” he said. wrote on Twitter. “Anyone who has seen #2000Mules will recognize how pathetic and silly it is!”

For the record: I’ve seen ‘2,000 mules,’ and agree that it’s far more important that Democratic and Republican state officials make it clear that there’s no evidence of ballot box abuse than give D’Souza the benefit of the doubt on his film’s unproven claims.

After all, the film focuses on the idea that analysis of cellphone geolocation data shows thousands of people visiting multiple ballot boxes in the month leading up to the 2020 election — visits that would have included casting ballots. vote as part of a broad program to launch the election. . The film does not show any examples of this analysis or any footage of people voting in more than one drop box. The viewer is simply invited to believe it.

Which seems to be what D’Souza did. He didn’t complete the analysis, a group called True the Vote did. The organization’s Gregg Phillips – known for making unproven false claims about voter fraud in the past – reportedly led the research by comparing large numbers of cellphone location pings with ballot box locations. The film relies entirely on Phillips’ claims, which D’Souza suggested taking at face value in an interview with The Washington Post in May, in part because of an alleged review of the material by security forces. order.

“Phillips’ data has been shared with multiple authorities in Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia,” D’Souza said. He cited a decision not to investigate from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI): “I read very carefully the Georgia investigators’ response to the True the Vote data. They said, “Just because these guys went to 10 or more drop boxes doesn’t necessarily mean they committed crimes.” ”

Here is the actual statement.

He doesn’t say what D’Souza says. He also blames D’Souza and Phillips for not making a so-called “whistleblower” available to be interviewed – someone D’Souza himself has admitted he hasn’t spoken to.

An understated detail of this letter is that the GBI apparently identifies the type of data involved. Apparently, the evidence provided by True the Vote was not GPS data – which can be (but isn’t always) quite accurate – but “Cell Site Location Information” (CSLI). This means that it is triangulated data derived from cell phone connections to cell towers, not data from on-board GPS connections. It is, in other words, much less accurate. Reinforcing the idea that this data is what the True the Vote analysis depended on is D’Souza’s reference to a 2018 Supreme Court case arguing for the accurate use of this type of data by security forces. order.

Even if the data from the phone’s GPS pings, the idea that True the Vote could identify visits to drop boxes is unlikely. Finding that someone is within 100 feet of an address associated with a drop box is very different from having accurate proof that they visited the drop box at that address. Reduce the accuracy of the data and the claim deteriorates further.

Phillips did not respond to a request for comment for this article. I called a phone number that I believe was associated with Azeddine Rahlouni, identified by the GBI as having worked with Phillips on data analysis. I received a call from someone identifying themselves as “Azeddine” who disconnected when I informed him that I was calling from the Washington Post.

D’Souza answered questions from the Post. He said True the Vote “did not use CSLI data exclusively” and that True the Vote told him that the GBI had misrepresented his data. He claims he was shown “the specific moments of multiple mules”, although none of those moves were included in the film.

Compare all of this with the AP’s simple conclusion: no one, in any state, has raised an incident of fraudulent voting via drop boxes. And it’s not like it’s unexamined; ballots submitted to ballot boxes were subject to the same validation processes as other postal ballots. Trump allies — including those in state or county election offices — have had 20 months to find instances of fraud. They did not do it.

Americans are therefore urged to believe D’Souza — whose claims have been largely debunked and whose film shows literally no examples of the pattern he alleges — or the AP reporters and bipartisan election officials with whom they have spoken. speak.

Only in America in 2022 would that be a tough choice for some people.

]]> How Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management reacted to the smell of gas https://wendon.net/how-charlotte-mecklenburg-emergency-management-reacted-to-the-smell-of-gas/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 13:53:00 +0000 https://wendon.net/how-charlotte-mecklenburg-emergency-management-reacted-to-the-smell-of-gas/

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — We’re learning more about the smell of natural gas that spread through much of Charlotte on Thursday morning.

Officials say mercaptan, a natural additive for natural gas, was accidentally released by Legacy Environmental Services on North Graham Street.

It happened when they were destroying mercaptan tanks.

“Charlotte Fire was getting a lot of calls about that natural gas smell,” said Hannah Sanborn Brown, emergency management planning coordinator.

She says they sprang into action to help firefighters figure out what was causing the smell.

“People felt it from downtown Charlotte all the way to the South Carolina border,” she said.

This led them to believe the weather was playing a role, which the National Weather Service confirmed.

A weather phenomenon known as an inversion has kept the scent close to the surface, making it easy to smell.

If you didn’t feel it, you probably still got an alert on your phone.

“It basically uses cell towers to ping certain geographic locations,” she said. “We can identify a shape on a map and then all phones should turn off. We want to disseminate information so that people know what the appropriate action to take is.

She says they have worked well to coordinate with the other agencies.

“There are always ways to learn, but I think the communication was really strong,” she said. “We establish the contacts and the partnerships before the event happens, so that when something happens, we already have the phone numbers and we have already had the conversations so that we are ready to go.”

WBTV contacted Legacy Environmental Services but did not receive a response.

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New wildfire near recovering Lytton, B.C. may have destroyed structures: officials https://wendon.net/new-wildfire-near-recovering-lytton-b-c-may-have-destroyed-structures-officials/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 00:15:59 +0000 https://wendon.net/new-wildfire-near-recovering-lytton-b-c-may-have-destroyed-structures-officials/

A new wildfire burning less than two kilometers northwest of Lytton, B.C., may have destroyed several structures, emergency officials say.

Rob Schweitzer, operations manager for the BC Wildfire Service fire center, said the 75-hectare blaze was first reported around 12:45 a.m. Thursday and was being fanned by gusty winds.

Four initial attack crews and two unit crews, a total of about 55 people, were on the ground and supported by helicopters and air tankers, he said.

Crews were to remain on site all evening and all night if necessary, he added.

The fire was declared the province’s first “significant wildfire” of the season.

Pader Brach, executive director of regional operations for Emergency Management BC, said officials believe three structures may have been destroyed.

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Approximately nine people were under evacuation orders and several evacuation alerts were in place in Lytton First Nation. The Thompson Nicola Regional District also issued an evacuation order for 24 addresses in Electoral Area “I” (Blue Sky Country).

Food, shelter and clothing were made available to evacuees, he said.

Area phone, internet and cellular services, including access to 911, were also affected. Telus said the outage was the result of a vehicle collision that damaged some of its infrastructure in the Hells Gate area.

Brach said there were also five cell phone towers and a few landlines in the fire area, but was unable to say if they had been hit.

It’s been just over a year since the village was virtually burned down in the midst of BC’s record-breaking heat dome.

Two people died, while hundreds were driven from their homes.

Community reconstruction work has only recently begun. Residents have not yet been allowed to return.

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