Surveillance Impact Reports Archive

Technologies Under Review

The final drafts for Group One* have been submitted and approved by City Council.

The final drafts for Group Two are being prepared for Council submission. 

For more information on the Surveillance Ordinance click here.

*Note: Group One was revised to only include the Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) License Plate Reader (LPR), and CCTV Traffic Cameras. The other technologies initially published under Group One will be reviewed with Group Two Technologies. Please see the "About Surveillance" page for the updated Master List of Surveillance Technologies.

Technologies   

Automated License Plate Readers (Police)

ALPRs are computer-controlled, high-speed camera systems mounted on parking enforcement or police vehicles that automatically capture an image of license plates that come into view and converts the image of the license plate into alphanumeric data that can be used to locate vehicles reported stolen or otherwise sought for public safety purposes and to enforce parking restrictions.

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Closed Circuit Televsion "Traffic Cameras" (Transportation)

SDOT has cameras installed throughout the City to monitor congestion, incidents, closures, and other traffic issues. The technology provides the ability to see roads, providing engineers with the necessary information to manage an incident and identify alternate routes. Every camera is available for live viewing by the public via our Traveler Information Web Map. The video is not archived. 

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Emergency Scene Cameras (Fire)

Photos at incidents (not retained after transmission per department policy) are collected as part of the investigation and documentation of emergency responses and may include photographs of identifiable individuals and property.

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Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Cameras (Fire)

This wireless system transmits pictures related to hazardous materials sites to document and identify clean up and management requirements.

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License Plate Readers (Transportation)

License Plate Reader (LPR) cameras are a specialized CCTV camera with built in software to help identify and record license plates on vehicles. Travel times are generated by collecting arrival times at various checkpoints and matching the vehicle license plate numbers between consecutive checkpoints. 

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Parking Enforcement (including ALPR) (Police)

Several applications are linked together to comprise the enforcement system and used with ALPR for issuing parking citations. This is in support of enforcing the Scofflaw Ordinance SMC 11.35.

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Meetings

Public comment for police technologies

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Public comment for fire and transporation technologies

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Translated Reports

English
(Korean) 한국어 -감시 자료
(Mandarin- Simplified) 简化字中文
(Cantonese - traditional) 繁體中文 
(Somali) Somali 
(Tagalog) Tagalog 
(Vietnamese) Tiếng Việt 
(Spanish) Español   

911 Logging Recorder (Police)

System providing networked access to the logged telephony and radio voice recordings of the 911 center.

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Acylica (Transportation)

Acyclica devices are in street furniture throughout the City and determine real time vehicle travel times in the City corridor by identifying WiFi-enabled devices in vehicles, such as smart phones, traveling between multiple sites. The identifying information is anonymized. Additionally, the data is deleted within 24 hours to prevent tracking devices over time.

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Binoculars / Spotting Scope (City Light)

The spotting scope is used to read meters from a distance when direct access to the meter is obstructed.  Scopes are used by SCL's Current Diversion team to conduct investigations. Use of this technology may occur without informing a domicile's resident(s).

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Check Meter Device (City Light)

This device measures the total amount of power being consumed at a service location where current diversion is confirmed or suspected.  The device is set at the transformer and is used when a prolonged reading is desired by the Current Diversion team. Use of this technology may occur without informing a domicile's resident(s).

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Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) (Fire)

Computer-aided dispatch (CAD) is used to initiate public safety calls for service, dispatch, and to maintain the status of responding resources in the field. It is used by 911 dispatchers as well as by officers using mobile data terminals (MDTs) in the field. Use is opt-in, but individuals may enter personally-identifying information about third-parties without providing notice to those individuals.

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Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) (Police)

CAD is used to initiate public safety calls for service, dispatch, and to maintain the status of responding resources in the field. It is used by 911 dispatchers as well as by officers using mobile data terminals (MDTs) in the field.

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CopLogic (Police)

System allowing individuals to submit police reports on-line for certain low-level crimes in non-emergency situations where there are no known suspects or information about the crime that can be followed up on. Use is opt-in, but individuals may enter personally-identifying information about third-parties without providing notice to those individuals.

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SensorLink AmpFork (City Light)

The SensorLink Amp Fork is used by SCL's Current Diversion team to measure the load on line-side entrance conductors, allowing SCL to determine the total amount of power being consumed at a service location. This tool provides an instantaneous reading to the group conducting the investigation. Use of this technology may occur without informing a domicile's resident(s).

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Meetings

Public comment for group 2 technologies

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Translated Materials

English
Chinese (Cantonese) - 繁體中文
Chinese Mandarin - 简体中文
Korean - 한국어
Somali - af Soomaali
Spanish - Español
Tagalog 
Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt