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Saturday, May 27, 2006

High-tech eyes in the sky

By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times

Late last year, the State Patrol received a $982,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Terrorist Readiness Initiative Fund and equipped two of its Cessnas with FLIR — Forward Looking Infra Red — camera systems that can zoom in on suspects and detect body heat, said Lt. Tristan Atkins, who supervises the patrol's aviation section.

The FLIRs use microwave downlinks to provide real-time images to command staff at the patrol's King County headquarters in Bellevue or to portable receivers to help field commanders coordinate raids and rescues. The images captured by the camera can be instantly recorded and used as evidence in the event of a criminal trial.


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