Armed robbery of Tosa Toppers Pizza caught on camera

29 07 2010

Pass this along to anyone in the Wauwatosa, Wi

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GPS Tracking – Driver’s React

12 12 2008

My recent endeavor into Telematics (GPS Vehicle Tracking) is providing one of the most challenging aspects in terms of understanding how the industry  view’s  the market &  how the market (Users/drivers/employees) see’s the industry.    There is a clear distinction.

Tracking – this word alone needs to be addressed and changed to something less suggestive or non intrusive.    More along the lines of performance enhancement or proficiency generator,  less focused on “monitoring”  but I’ll leave that to the English/Journalism MBA’s .

Wanting a better feel to potential objections I posted this question on some forums:

 Driver/Employee Reaction….

The biggest hurtle owners have with Vehicle Tracking units is driver reaction…

  • don’t you trust us
  • family member
  • long term employee
  • why you watching me

From a managerial point, utilization of the fleet or getting maybe one/two more jobs a week is the real point. Obviously, using a cell is the standard solution.

But I want to hear from u…


I was not disappointed in receiving responses.   First,  sending a text msg to a driver should also include directional mapping to locations.   Second, drivers reacted in the same fashion typical of those we experienced in IT (monitoring email or blocking Social Networks) and HR with Security cameras.   Third, dispatchers need training on the proper use of the system.   Not in functionality, but usage in addressing a company’s objective and goals.

Universally, each addressed better employees.   Along the lines that would eliminate the need altogether.    Some owners weighted in understanding what a ROI should or could achieve.   And positioning yourself to get one or two extra jobs a month can basically change any business.

But the one that really caught my attention, “….I have seen a few companies in our area try it and by year two it was out of their vehicles. Obviuosly it doesn’t work as well as they are sold.”   

Hello, that begs the question of retention or more to the point, what is the vendor/user relationship after the units are installed.    Let’s also consider, this technology has come along way in the last 30 months and where it’s headed is nothing short of NASA.

Most blog’s addressing GPS Vehicle Tracking/Fleet Management focus on presenting  “their” solution.    Which rightfully so they should.   But they seem to miss the audience attention because the postings center around the product and not the user.    Today’s tough market conditions provide enough managerial challenges.   Creating another- “ Driver Reaction” just has no room on the plate.

Equinox – more than just astronomy

17 09 2008

Sept 21, 15:44 is this falls Equinox.  This event is celebrated by many cultures and religions around the world.   My for me, it’s an opportunity to offer my sincere heartfelt appreciation too my deceased relatives and family. 

Called Higan-e Ceremony Nichiren Shoshu Temples conduct this ceremony twice a year.    The merit in participating in this ceremony is two fold: 

·         Enables the deceased person to be relieved of their sufferings

·         The person requesting the Toba tablet is also endowed with the full merit of the True Law

Because the deceased must rely on the efforts of those still alive, this is a tremendous opportunity for me to pay back the amount of gratitude they have planted in my life.   Seldom do we have a chance in this lifetime to help our deceased relatives achieve greater happiness in the next.

Flint MI – Ad Spots on Surveillance Cameras

1 08 2008
Flint Journal

Flint Journal

a story crossed my RSS Feed on Flint, Michigan’s plan to sell advertising space on Surveillance Cameras. As out-of-place as it may seem, you have to give credit to the supplier and city officials efforts to off-set the cost of a project neither have the money to deploy.

$30,000 is the asking price. Don’t be discouraged they also have addressed a lower-rate scale for the more budget minded and thinking of adding a PayPal link to a web page for donations.

Advertising the Surveillance box does throw a twist to be looked at from a different angle. If a intersection has a McDonald’s, WaMU bank, & BP Gas station on the corner, would that influence the “placement” of such units? We’re talking Tax Breaks here….(no-one has signed on as of yet) One location on main street, where the city parades and festivals gather, could fetch this type of fee?

Is sponsorship limited to only “local” merchants? Flint’s sister city, Changchun China may want a camera?

Finding creative ways to pay for public services has always been a challenge. With Ad spots, you have to give some kind of ROI, associated with sponsoring cameras – that has got to be a world class sales pitch.

Chicago Olympics on your iPhone?

31 07 2008

Dan Butterfield has been keeping us updated on developments in China and their handheld market, which is going into hyper-drive with 08.08.08 just next week.   Good reading….

Cannot say the same for ZDNet blog: Between the lines Tom Steinert-Threlkeld’s recent post Tech `tips’ for Beijing visitors, left me wondering when did a technology blog turn to social awareness.  So I drop them a line.

It is obvious Dan and Tom (more Tom) don’t know each other.   Each Olympic venue since the 1900’s has been a catalyst of new ideas and technology aimed at giving benefit to the world, 2008 is no exception.   With suveillance camera deployment taking the highlights, it becomes lost a potential new break through in broadcasting is within our grasp – streaming video from surveillance over handheld units.

The content here is simple.  Alternative use for surveillance cameras in a positive direction.   Streaming video is not new, but we now have a new source.   One that needs to be explored by individuals with better intentions than just finding criminal activity.

Chicago has the greatest lake front of any major city in the world, parks second to nobody and a surveillance infrastructure to boot.   Alder Planetarium for a couple of years had webcams outside the facility where the public could log into and actually control the cameras and look up and down the lake front.  From Navy Pier, along Michigan Ave, even Sundays we could watch the tail-gaters for Bears games.   All this came to an end for obvious reasons.

China is considered #1 for surveillance,  London (2012 host) is considered 2nd,  Chicago (still in running for 2016) is laying claim to 3rd.   Olympics needs to be broadcasted on the one vehicle everyone outside the US has, handheld devise.   You know the wheels are turning in Chicago, cause it’s Chicago, utilizing the surveillance infrastructure as a feed (for sale mind you).   The networks could never lay claim to anything like that.   I can see the alderman now laying claim to their neighborhood’s and selling the feed.

Chicago’s Plan – Connect Private Surveillance Cameras, 911 Center

28 07 2008
WMAQ NBC 5, Chicago ran a story on July 24th about Chicago's plan to embrace the business
community and sign-up additional Private Surveillance Camera's to enhance the network.

So obviously I'm not alone in this thinking.  Aware of the Privacy Issue many like to kling to,
a focused approach to 911 Centers an basically "supplementing" the total cost, Chicago is
preparing itself to be this country's leading example of Surveillance.  

The leadership needed to overcome the massive obstacles in achieving this, can only lead to ground
breaking support of citizens (business owners) getting involved with community efforts to create
a safer environment and add additional resources to public safety authorities.

To many times Fire and Police responding to calls are ill-prepared.  This technology provides the
tools needed to prevent situations from getting out of control and further complications from

View the video:

Send us your comments, we need to take a positive view to utilizing the possibilities.


Drew Peterson – neighbor’s caught in circus

24 07 2008

By JOE HOSEY The Herald News reports another round of crazyness surrounding this story. Neighbor was trying to make money for his “celebrity” status. We’ve been following this story for some time now of obvious reasons. Citizens taking responsibility in helping Law Enforcement bring some conclusion to this yet solved incident.

The couple was under siege, and all because they went public about wearing a wire to set up their former friend, ex-cop Drew Peterson, whose fourth wife has been missing since October and whose third wife was the victim of a March 2004 homicide that remains unsolved.

Stark and Wawczak claim they wore a wire around Peterson for nearly seven months, ending their undercover operation in mid-June. Friends of Peterson for about 16 years, the couple said he mocked investigators as “idiots”; called third wife Kathleen Savio a slur and said he should have had her cremated; and predicted he’d be tried and acquitted long before fourth wife Stacy’s remains were found.

As previously posted, neighbor’s on either side have attracted unwarrented attention for getting involved. What silly non-sense message is being sent.