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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

It stops graffiti. Should we know how it works?

Governments around California and elsewhere are buying Merlin, an anti-graffiti detection system from Broadband Discovery Systems, but this press account says the manufacturer and police won't reveal how it works. Should the public have the right to know, since it is deployed in public?


  • At 9:07 PM, Blogger Peter said…

    just google it:

    Broadband Discovery Systems, Inc., has developed a graffiti detection sensor, dubbed Project Merlin, that works in real time. Unlike current motion-sensing methods, Merlin monitors for aerosol can emissions through a novel and proprietary method. When the sensor identifies a graffiti event in progress, an alert is immediately sent to a dispatch desk, an officer on duty, or even to a cellular telephone. The sensors are unobtrusively small, allowing them to be mounted on virtually any surface while remaining covert in every environment. They are designed to be both cost-effective and highly dependable.


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