17 Dec '12, 5pm

IT Hiccups of the Week: Red Light Camera that Ticketed Stationary Car, Airbag for Smartphones

There was a potpourri of IT-related hiccups from this past week to report on. We start with a report in the Baltimore Sun about how the Baltimore police department finally admitted that a driver should not have been issued a speeding ticket last April. Why not? All available evidence indicates that the vehicle was not even moving. According to the story, the driver of a Mazda was given a ticket for traveling 38 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone—even though video from the speed camera that automatically issued the citation and time-stamped photos from two separate still cameras showed that the vehicle was stopped at a red light at the time the supposed infraction occurred. Worse, says the Sun , the photos and footage were supposedly reviewed by the vendors (Xerox State and Local Solutions) who operate the speed camera under city contracts and by a Baltimore law enforcement of...

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