New emergency vehicle sensors trialled on Gold Coast traffic lights

The Queensland government is seeking to reduce emergency service response times by trialling new traffic light triggers that can detect the flashing lights and sirens of approaching vehicles and automatically switch signals to green to minimise traffic disruption.

Queensland police expand drive-by number plate surveillance

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Queensland government has expanded its use of Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to controversially include unmarked police vehicles that will be tasked to silently snoop-out car registration details as they drive-by alleged crime hot spots. The government says the drive-by surveillance technology is being deployed as part […]

Queensland cops pursue arresting apps

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland government will issue 50 police officers across the state with smartphones or a tablet devices containing a new, custom built app that lets them instantly search through person, vehicle and address details on the law enforcement data systems, a move authorities believe can save police crews around 30 minutes each […]

Newman gives Brisbane the day off before G20 Summit

By Paul Hemsley Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will give Brisbane workers the day off before the G20 Summit in November 2014 by creating a “once-in-a-lifetime” public holiday to reduce any “potential disruptions”, which the state government hopes will ease the event preparations. The Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) will be […]

States attack emergency spectrum decision

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Leaders in Coalition held states have condemned the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s decision to give police, fire and ambulance services just half of the spectrum allocation they lobbied the federal regulator for. New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria today all slammed the regulator’s decision, further inflaming the cross-jurisdictional […]


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