‘Virtual’ Deputies Monitor Border Online

It uses a Web site where users can register for access to several cameras in a program the company calls the Virtual Community Watch.
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It uses a Web site where users can register for access to several cameras in a program the company calls the Virtual Community Watch.

The New York Times posted an item Thursday describing the effort to post live video from the Texas-Mexico border online, letting anyone with an Internet connection help protect the country.

The program was started by the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition in November. (The Dallas Morning News describes it here.)

It uses a Web site, www.BlueServo.net, where users can register for access to several cameras in a program the company calls the Virtual Community Watch.

The site has an embedded player kicking out 150 kbps video—not the greatest pictures, but enough to see, say, a person crossing a road or a boat crossing a river. It appears to use thermal imaging at night for black-and-white images, with color during the day.

It’s funded by a $2 million state grant, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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