New iPod, iPhone application can increase campus security

The University of Illinois Police Department is testing a new iPod and iPhone application that allows patrolling officers to access live security footage from virtually anywhere, reports the Daily Illini. The purchase of the application, titled iRa C3, was funded through a $10,000 grant from the university’s Moms and Dads Associations and a $15,000 grant from Lextech Labs, said University Chief of Police Barbara O’Connor. The application runs through a series of different servers that take video as it is being recorded by licensed cameras. Authorized officers out in the field using an iPod touch, iPhone, or a web browser can access the footage through a wireless internet connection. O’Connor said each individual camera on campus has to be licensed and programmed to run with the application before an officer can access it. Detective Tim Hetrick of University police said not every camera on campus will be programmed to run with the application. He said about 15 cameras will be accessible through iRa C3, with most of those cameras located in areas of recent increased criminal activity, though specifics have not yet been determined…

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