Tag Archive | Seattle

Seattle mayor ends police drone efforts

USA Today, February 7, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s mayor on Thursday ordered the police department to abandon its plan to use drones after residents and privacy advocates protested. Mayor Mike McGinn said the department will not use two small drones it obtained through a federal grant….The decision comes as the debate over drones heats up across the country. Lawmakers in at least 11 states are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

For full text of the article, visit Seattle mayor ends police drone efforts.


As drones get really tiny, new rules proposed for Seattle

by Jake Ellison, SeattlePI.com, February 4, 2012

Weighing in at 16 grams and capable of performing in “harsh environments and windy conditions” a tiny drone unveiled by the British government today shows just how quickly drone technology and use is developing.“The Black Hornet is equipped with a tiny camera which gives troops reliable full-motion video and still images. Soldiers are using it to peer around corners or over walls and other obstacles to identify any hidden dangers and the images are displayed on a handheld terminal,” the British government wrote. And as the Seattle Police Department, like many others in the nation, becomes eager to use drones as part of their police work, Seattle Councilman Bruce Harrell jumped into the fray this afternoon with proposed legislation to rein in drone use.

For full text and copy of the proposed rules visit Drones get really tiny; new rules proposed for Seattle – seattlepi.com.


Five Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Informationweek

Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this one along:

By Robert Strohmeyer, InformationWeek, September 02, 2011 09:15 AM

… Location data ranks among the most personal types of information our devices can reveal about us, with the potential to expose where we work, where live, where we drop our kids off for school. As users, we have a right to protect that data from interlopers, including the companies that supply our mobile devices and services. Here are five basic rights that all users should demand from manufacturers and carriers that offer location-aware devices. …

For full text of the article and the five rights, visit 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Mobility – Smartphones – Informationweek.

Final Draft Submission of the Address Data Standard

USPS service delivery truck in a residential a...

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After 5 years, this is nearly a reality. The URISA community, along with Census, NENA, USPS, FGDC and many others have supported this effort along the way.

Address Data Standard: Final Draft Submission of the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard

Visit  http://www.urisa.org/about/initiatives/addressstandard to link to the following PDF files for each of the parts of the Standard. Click on each link to display the file for reading or download.

  • Introduction
  • Address Data Content
  • Address Data Classification
  • Address Data Quality
  • Address Data Exchange
  • References Cited
  • Appendices
  • Postal Addressing Profile of the Federal Geographic Data Committee United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Standard
  • Profile Reconciling the FGDC United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard and the NENA Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) Civic Location Data Exchange Format (CLDXF) Standard


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