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‘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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The New York Times posted an item Thursday describing the effort to post live video from the Texas-Mexico border online, letting anyone with a decent 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.

With a click on the screen, a viewer can report suspicious activity. So far, thousands of people have signed up for the free system.

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

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