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Uber Technologies Inc. disabled the standard collision-avoidance technology in the Volvo SUV that struck and killed a woman in Arizona last week, according to the auto-parts maker that supplied the vehicle's radar and camera."We don't want people to be confused or think it was a failure of the technology that we supply for Volvo, because that's not the case," Zach Peterson, a spokesman for Aptiv Plc, said by phone. The Volvo XC90's standard advanced driver-assistance system "has nothing to do" with the Uber test vehicle's autonomous driving system, he said.Aptiv is speaking up for its technology to avoid being tainted by the fatality involving Uber, which may have been following standard practice by disabling other tech as it develops and tests its own autonomous driving system. Uber's system failed to slow the vehicle as 49-year-old victim Elaine Herzberg crossed the street pushing a bicycle. Police in Tempe, Arizona, and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.Uber declined to comment. A Volvo spokesman said the company can't speculate on the cause of the incident and is awaiting a full investigation report.Intel Corp.'s Mobileye, which makes chips and sensors used in collision-avoidance systems and is a supplier to Aptiv, said Monday that it tested its own software after the crash by playing a video of the Uber incident on a television monitor. Mobileye said it was able to detect Herzberg one second before impact in its internal tests, despite the poor second-hand quality of the video relative to a direct connection to cameras equipped to the car."The video released by the police seems to demonstrate that even the most basic building block of an autonomous vehicle system, the ability to detect and classify objects, is a challenging task," Mobileye Chief Executive Officer Amnon Shashua wrote on Intel's website. "It is this same technology that is required, before tackling even tougher challenges, as a foundational element of fully autonomous vehicles of the future."Aptiv's radar and camera system using Mobileye chips and sensors helps power the Volvo XC90's driver-assistance system, which provides collision avoidance, lane-keeping aid and other safety features.In November, Uber agreed to buy 24,000 Volvo sport utility vehicles onto which it planned to install its own sensors and software to permit pilot-less driving.

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Criminals Use Stolen Lorry to Flatten CCTV System Recording Work at Site for Homeless Families
A gang of dangerous criminals is being blamed for destroying a sophisticated CCTV system by ramming it with a stolen truck.The truck was driven on to a grassed area at Cherry Orchard Avenue in west Dublin before being reversed at speed into the metal pole on which the surveillance system was mounted.Pictures show how the pole was left uprooted by the impact and the truck abandoned at the scene.The incident happened at about 7.40pm on Monday.The camera system, which was installed by Dublin City Council, was being used to monitor a construction site across the road, where an estate of modular houses for homeless families is being built.There has been trouble at the site in the past, when protests took place and violence flared as some local groups opposed the construction of the houses.However, local sources have said they do not believe the people who knocked down the CCTV system are involved in any of the groups opposed to the housing."This is much more sinister. This isn't local hoods, it's the action of a gangster," said one person.Also commenting on the attack on council property, local Sinn Fein councillor Daithi Doolin branded it "unacceptable and very dangerous"."The action was an attempt to undermine the good work going on in Cherry Orchard. These criminals will not succeed in stopping progress. Their intimidation will not work," he told the Herald."These actions in no way represent local people. Families here are working hard to improve the community for their children and neighbours."There's great work going on right across Cherry Orchard."We have the building of new homes for local families. We have new and exciting plans to develop Cherry Orchard."None of this will be stopped by the actions of a few criminals."I would ask that all of us, local political representatives, gardai and residents redouble our efforts to ensure this behaviour does not divide or distract from the good work we have been doing."Mr Doolin is set to raise the incident at a meeting of the council's South Central Area Committee today.His motion states that the committee condemns in the strongest possible terms Monday's attack on security cameras in Cherry Orchard"This criminal action is unacceptable and dangerous. The damaged pole and camera must be repaired as a matter of urgency," he will say.Gardai have confirmed that the incident is under investigation by officers at Ballyfermot Garda Station."A rigid body truck, which has been reported stolen, was used to demolish a pole fitted with a CCTV system and equipment," said a garda spokeswoman."No arrests have been made and the matter is under investigation."Last September, the building site was severely damaged by vandals who drove a car through the fencing and left it to burn out on the site.The premises were being prepared for the construction of 72 homes for homeless families currently in emergency accommodation.In December, a construction worker was set on fire when his digger was targeted by an arsonist.A garda spokesperson at the time said the man wasn't injured in the attack, but he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.Online Editors
What Wireless Security Camera System?
Hello, a friend of mine bought this Uniden UDW10003 (check link below) a couple of months ago and he has only good things to say about it. Very easy to setup. Clear digital picture. And as my friend says it, it makes you feel much safer. Hope this helped1. what digital camera system should I upgrade to? Professional photographers only?The two main things I consider when looking at a P&S camera that I intend to use creatively, are Optical Zoom(avoids pixelization while using telephoto), and Manual Exposure Control (sometimes the preset capture modes are not quite right for what you need). This particular camera has both. I think it will do you well. Others to consider as well: Nikon D40/D40x -- less mega pixels, however, unless you intend to blow your pictures up to poster sizes, it wo not be an issue. SLR cameras have better image quality, are usually quicker and have the advantage of being able to switch out the lens depending on what your shooting. Also, since they give you the ability to look directly through the lens from the viewfinder, there's no surprises in what your image will look like. Nikon uses the F-mount on all their cameras, so should you upgrade in the future all lenses from 1970 on will fit. Canon EOS Rebel XS -- 10.1 MP, and again, another SLR. Canon uses the EF-mount for all their cameras, so upgrades are no problem. To keep the price down for my camera equipment, I buy used. KEH is a very reputable online shop, (I purchase from them all the time, and have never had an issue) and B&H, and Cameta Camera also have used equipment. Good luck, and happy shooting!2. Which is the best security camera system in the market?Considering that "best" is a relative word (i.e. to each his opinion), I like Sharp and Panasonic. I believe both have free IP broadcasting, which is VERY convenient for me. Thus, I highly recommend network cameras Check the link below3. what do I need to set up a outdoor security camera system?Check out "Radio Shack" and also "Toys R Us" had some security cameras in the game section, You might find one there fairly cheap4. Can a security camera system be viewed remotely using your smartphone?Generally yes. Now Ill use Ring for example as thats common. They have the doorbell one and various ones that also have lights for other areas. Now ring is wireless so you have that part to think about as far as the internet connection. But that aside you can view it on the IOS or Android device along with anything that has a web browser.There are also other options that are wired so you would have to run a wire from them to some router that does wireless with your smart phone on that network.Now if the cameras are indoors there is various legal and privacy issues depending on what the camera is pointed at. Can a security camera system be viewed remotely using your smartphone?5. What are the Pennsylvania Laws on setting up a Home Security Camera/System (possibly hidden) In my back yard?If the system only covers her yard, she can set it up any way she likes. She does have to have a small sign somewhere that says the premises may be subject to electronic monitoring but does not need to specify where and what kind. If the system can view activity into your property she either needs to re-aim the camera or get your permission, IF the part of the property being recorded is not visible from the street (publicly viewable areas have no expectation of privacy).6. What should I look for in a camera system for taking still life photographs?Frankly, any camera with a flash hotshoe, RAW capability, and full Manual mode would probably be a good choice, so you could take better control over the lighting than you can with a small light tent and (probably) continuous lights. Off-camera lighting is liable to do more for this type of shooting than any specific camera/lens combination. You do not need an interchangeable lens camera or a big big sensor to do this type of shooting, and in fact, a small-sensor camera is going to have an edge on macro shooting, because of the deeper DoF produced with the smaller/shorter lenses that pair with smaller sensors.
Ex-deputies Allegedly Cut Power, Cameras to Plant Guns in Pot Clinic
Two former L.A. County sheriff's deputies allegedly turned off the electricity and a security camera system inside a medical marijuana dispensary as they planted guns they used to justify two arrests, according to court documents.Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, have been charged with two felony counts of conspiring to obstruct justice and altering evidence, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Martinez faces two additional felony counts of perjury and filing a false report.Prosecutors said the men, who are scheduled to be arraigned June 17, each face more than seven years in state prison if convicted. The Sheriff's Department did not immediately comment on the allegations.According to a complaint filed by prosecutors last week, Martinez claimed he saw a man take part in a drug deal and reach for a gun in his shorts pocket. The deputy said he then saw the man discard the gun near a trash bin inside the dispensary.Before he got a search warrant, Martinez kicked a wall outlet and shut down power to the room, according to the complaint. Paez then allegedly opened a drawer, pulled out a gun and put it on a chair.The complaint alleges Paez also planted a gun on top of an office desk, next to some ecstasy pills. At some point, Paez allegedly crawled under the desk and disabled the security camera system.Prosecutors said the deputies claimed in their report of the incident they found one gun near the trash can and the other on the desk.The deputies arrested two men: one for possession of an unregistered gun and the second for possession of a controlled substance while armed with a gun. Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said charges were filed against the men but later dropped.The sheriff's Internal Criminal Investigation Bureau began investigating the incident a year later and discovered video from inside the dispensary that was "inconsistent" with the report filed by the deputies, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Robison referred questions about the inquiry to the Sheriff's Department.Prosecutors described the men as former deputies, but it remains unclear when they left the department. Martinez and Paez were each arrested Friday and released later that day on $50,000 bail.Twitter:@katemather Google
New Land Rover Discovery Has an Invisible Bonnet' to Detect Obstacles
An invisible bonnet ... which could be available in 2015.Source:SuppliedIT could be the biggest breakthrough in driveway safety yet - even though it was originally designed to help four-wheel-drives navigate tricky bush tracks.Land Rover has come up with a camera system that appears to make the bonnet invisible - by projecting the image of what's below, into the windscreen directly in front of the driver.While there is a public push to make rear-view cameras mandatory on new cars, figures show that 40 per cent of driveway deaths occur when vehicles are driven forwards because the view is obscured by the large bonnets of family-sized SUVs.The British brand developed the technology for off-road use to help drivers navigate obstacles with ease.The 4WD giving you x-ray visionSource:SuppliedBut the system, unveiled on the eve of the New York motor show, could find more regular use in driveways.Tiny cameras fitted below the grille are paired with a display that is projected into the windscreen so that it appears as if the vehicle's bonnet is transparent.The system is only at the experimental stage for now but is expected to be available on the new Land Rover Discovery, due on sale next year.How the technology works ... the Land Rover Discovery concept vehicle.Source:SuppliedThe Land Rover concept also has lasers mounted in the front fog lights that continuously scan the terrain ahead "and renders a contour map" on the screen in the dash to help drivers plot a path off the beaten track.The same lasers can also test the depth of water in river crossings, Land Rover says.Camera technology is making rapid progress in new cars of all shapes and sizes.Japanese car maker Nissan has unveiled a new rear-view "mirror" that actually shows the view from a camera instead.An invisible bonnet ... which could be available in 2015.Source:SuppliedIt means that the driver's view isn't blocked by back seat occupants or luggage.
Serco Wins Traffic Camera Contract
A BRITISH company was yesterday awarded a $150 million contract to operate Victoria's controversial traffic camera system over seven years.Police Minister Bob Cameron said Serco would take over the management of traffic camera services from Tenix Solutions at the end of October.Despite several bungles, Tenix Solutions will still enforce traffic fines under a new contract worth $330 million over eight years.Serco will be responsible for installing and maintaining speed and red-light cameras, including the placing of mobile cameras at locations decided by police.All film mobile cameras will be replaced with improved technology - 11 megapixel digital cameras - over the next year for better image quality.Mr Cameron said Serco had been warned that significant fines would be imposed for any traffic camera error that occurred, to eliminate the likelihood of breaches."We want to make sure that there is more tension in the system and that's why part of this contract there are penalties of up to $50,000 as a consequence of any human error," he said, while admitting there would always be human error in any system.Tenix was heavily criticised in June last year after it was revealed that more than 1100 speeding tickets had been wrongly issued.The company was given a six-figure fine and then forced to withdraw a further 72 speeding fines after another embarrassing processing error.Serco's Australian chief executive, David Campbell, said the company was pleased to have won the contract."We will be drawing on our experience as the largest provider of traffic camera services in the United Kingdom," Mr Campbell said.Serco planned to offer jobs to Tenix staff where possible.Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Noel Ashby said the cameras played an important role in reducing the state's road toll and police would continue to use the cameras as an integral part of practices aimed at reducing speed."Reductions of speed is a good thing. It's one of the key killers on our roads," Assistant Commissioner Ashby said."The red-light cameras have also proven highly successful, not only in reducing speed through intersections but stopping people running red lights. They are reducing crashes in that context."Victoria Police will continue to assess high-risk locations and continue unapologetically to target the areas particularly where road trauma is likely to happen or has occurred previously."
Do We Really Need a New Camera System?
How would we know what YOU need, JoJo?1. Matching Vintage CZ Lenses to Camera System(s)?It all depends on the mount. If you can find an adapter to connect the two then you are good to go. There are lots of adapters at eBay. IF it's M42 you could easily mount it to any dSLR brand with a screwmount adapter2. how to setup security camera system in school?If you are in a position to make the decision to deploy a security camera you are in a position to know how3. Are DSLRs a dying breed, making now the time to switch to a mirrorless camera system? [closed]I think entry level DSLRs are going to disappear. I've noticed people who buy those rarely use another lens than the kit zoom, and with newer cameras that have live view do not even use the viewfinder anymore. For them a MFT camera is better and will replace it because cheap DSLR do not last that long either. As mirrorless cameras are getting better people who care about the weight of their equipment (like me) are going to switch as well4. Should you choose a camera system based on camera body or the lenses?I chose my camera based on economics. I too am a Nikonian. I came to that conclusion based on the long term costs of being a photographer. While Nikon may not be the least expensive brand, the fact that their lenses can be used on every dSLR they make made me consider Nikon first. Its a big money saver when it comes to upgrading the body. It saved me a ton when upgrading from a D80 to a D300s5. Installation guide for security camera system for home ?did it come with instructions? no idea of what type you are talking about6. what digital camera system should I upgrade to? Professional photographers only?I think ideally for you the Canon 1DS MKIII would be the camera. At 21MP, it is unequaled. With the work that you are doing, the 35mm lenses would be a major plus and Canon L lenses are superb. As we all know, 35mm lenses are sharper and much faster than medium format lenses. Just think, you will be able to throw your backgrounds out of focus with lenses as fast as 1.2. Canon has a 50mm 1.2 and an 85mm L 1.2 they both are a photographer's dream come true. Unlike the medium format, you have a very wide variety of zoom lenses to choose from, many of them 2. 8 or faster. They also have a number of pimes that are 2.0 or faster. With this system, you can also move into the mystical world of fisheye photography economically. Their awesome 15mm 2.8 is less than $600.00 which is in great contrast to the cost of a medium format fisheye lens and it is sharper too. This camera can be had for $7999. 00 and with 2 or 3 of their fine lens for about $10000.00. I say go for it!7. What is a good Home Surveillance wireless camera system?One from Harriet Carter........they look just like the real thing and a whole lot cheaper8. Which mirrorless camera system is the most versatile?Micro Four Thirds. It's the original mirrorless system, the most complete, and the most flexible.It's got the most complete collection of lenses, fisheye to super telephoto. Prime lenses and zooms, consumer, enthusiast, and professional glass. Including high-end cinema lenses, for those who need them.And a surprising number of really fast lenses, f/1.2 to f/0.95.And like any mirrorless system, it can adapt lenses from SLR, DSLR, or rangefinder systems. It's got excellent stills-oriented cameras.Compact cameras, some not much larger than a nice compact digital point-and-shoot.Fantastic video cameras.And full-on camcorders.And drone and action cameras.Micro Four Thirds wins on size and weight. I can carry twice the range of gear in a 10 lbs pack than I had in my 25lbs pack with my old Canon 6D system. And the 6D was a fairly light full frame, as full frame goes. The ability to take your camera with you is a key part of being versatile. You can probably claim other advantages from other systems. But when it comes to versatility, the Micro Four Thirds system stands alone.Which mirrorless camera system is the most versatile?.
Filming of Women's Gynecological Surgeries Draws Hospital's Apology; Lawsuits Pending
A California hospital issued an apology to several women this week who have filed lawsuits claiming they were unknowingly filmed during gynecological surgeries.Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif., issued a statementMonday apologizing to more than 80 women who aresuing the medical facility, sayingthey were accidentally recorded by motion-activated cameras installed in three separate operating rooms in an effort to catch someone who had been stealing drugs.Hospital officials discovered in 2011 that someone had been taking "powerful drugs" and equipment from anesthesia carts in several operating rooms.IOWA MAN AWARDED $12 MILLION AFTER CLINIC MISDIAGNOSIS CANCER, REMOVES PROSTATEAfter the hospital was unable to find the thief using "other investigative methods," officials decided to install a computer monitor with a motion-activated camera in direct view of the anesthesia carts."Although the cameras were intended to record only individuals in front of the anesthesia carts, others, including patients and medical personnel in the operating rooms, were at times visible to the cameras and recorded without sound," the statement read.Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuitfiled three years agoincludeone woman who said she was recorded while giving birth by emergency cesarean section."The purpose of this investigation was to determine how the anesthesia drugs were going missing in order to ensure patient safety and quality of care," the hospital's statement said.The thief was eventually caught using the hidden cameras and officials said that the individual was no longer affiliated with the hospital.The hospital said that while it is unable to comment further on the lawsuits, it did say that the videos in question were kept in a "secured safe" and were then provided to third parties as a part of the litigation.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"We sincerely apologize that our efforts may have caused any distress to the women who were recorded, their families, and others we serve."Officials said the camera system is no longer in place.
Setting Up a Wireless Security Camera System
The beauty of a wireless security camera system lies in the simplicity of its installation and use. Your multiple wireless cameras can simultaneously transmit video images directly to a receiver hooked up to your television or computer. It's a discreet way to keep an eye on your kids, your employees, your business or property.You don't need to spend a thousand bucks on buying your equipment and then another grand for the guys who'll set it up. Instead, buckle up for a quick job that will bring you great peace of mind because all you need are a few good cameras, a computer and a stable software.Get The Picture: Wireless Cameras By building your own surveillance system you have the liberty to chose your assortment of cameras. You can have four cameras or 30 cameras, as many as you need. If you intend to conduct outdoor surveillance, you will need to place cameras at the houses' main entrances, lawn, garage, pool area or backyard.Good outdoor cameras better be weather resistant and have night vision. Indoor surveillance is a lot less complicated as you can use even use a simple computer or spy camera. These are inconspicuous and easily disguised.Camera Buying Tips Before making your purchase, be sure to check the range of the cameras' signal to ensure that it reaches your receiver. Larger properties may need cameras with more powerful transmitters.To minimize the data input, opt for a motion or voice activated camera or you'll wind up with hours of data to skim through.Receiver Wireless cameras transmit video images through walls at a distance of 300 feet to 10 miles. You will need to get a DVR receiver to pick up the signals transmitted by your cameras. The receiver is a vital part of your system as without it, you will be unable to view the images your cameras take.The device can be easily plugged into your computer or television where you intend to view the images. Some cameras come equipped with their own DVR cards and can broadcast directly to the Internet, but you can also buy the receiver separately from any security and surveillance store.Software You will need to install a stable version of a surveillance software that lets you monitor your cameras 24/7. Whether you use Mac, Windows or Linux, you will find plenty of paid and free softwares on-line. These wares let you monitor, store and transfer files. You can view live feeds on your laptop, phone or desktop with equal ease.Data Storage Space The data from all your video cameras will need to be stored safely. With multiple cameras at different locations taping all day long, your data storage requirements will shoot up drastically. You will need to rent out server space on-line or buy a separate 1 TB hard drive to store your video data. You will also have to regularly monitor your data.
Light Up the Night & Improve Video Quality
Using Infrared and White LED Illumination may be the key to improved video This article looks at two technologies; Infrared and White LED illumination that are extremely helpful when nighttime surveillance is a primary focus of the surveillance camera system. Each lighting type can benefit video quality and depending on the environment and particular application one technology may be preferred over the other. Also available is a "hybrid" lighting which combines the two technologies and can offer superior video performance when used properly for your CCTV system.First we will examine infrared illumination. This technology has been used in video surveillance for many years. Color cameras cannot detect the infrared light spectrum but black and white cameras can. Today's camera manufacturers offer cameras that are color during the day and black and white at night. They do this by removing the IR cut filter in the camera. Removing the IR cut filter allows the camera to view the infrared light spectrum. Using what is called today a "Day/Night" camera combined with infrared lighting these cameras can see in almost complete darkness. The human eye cannot see the infrared light spectrum so to potential intruders this light in nearly invisible. Using infrared lighting is ideal for covert application or when lighting an area may not be neighbor friendly.White LEDs are a fairly new technology being used in surveillance camera systems. White LEDs are white light that can be seen just like traditional lights. The white light they produce is visible to both color cameras and the human eye. White LED lights offer a number of benefits compared to traditional lighting systems.1. Less Power Consumption White LEDs use low voltage and require very little power compared to traditional 120/240 or 480 Volt outdoor lights. Lower power consumption provides an energy efficient "green" solution that saves on power costs.2. Lower Installation Costs Since these lights are low voltage they can be installed by the CCTV installation company at the same time the cameras are being installed. This leads to a lower cost of the installation and a single point of contact for the lights and cameras.3. Built-in Photocell These lights come with a built-in Photocell that automatically turns the lights on when it gets dark. This further saves on system costs.White LEDs also offer benefits over infrared illumination because they allow the camera to still produce a color image. Color images are far superior than black and white images and can offer far more forensic details. Allowing a Day/Night camera to remain in its color mode will improve video quality and provide details that would otherwise be missed by the camera system. Visible light and well lit areas are always a crime deterrent so using White LED's for illumination can provide protection of property and assets.For the best of both worlds there are "hybrid" illuminators. These illuminators have both an IR and White LED lighting system. They work by providing IR light at night when there is no motion. This allows live viewing of the camera by guards or anyone wishing to remote monitor the camera. When motion is detected the White LED lights turn on and the area is lit up. The camera will produce a color image and can potentially scare off a potential intruder or vandal.When nighttime surveillance is a goal of your camera system then exploring the use of these lighting options is critical to the success of the system. Select the lighting that best suits your security goals and ensure that the cameras work seamlessly with the illumination chosen.
NFL Lauds MetLife Stadium's Security System and Programs As Trendsetting
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A shoving match breaks out in a section of the MetLife Stadium stands. While security officers hustle to the scene, a beyond state-of-the-art surveillance system is recording every detail.No more conflicting accusations and complaints. The cameras show all.The cameras installed late last year before the stadium hosted the Super Bowl feature a mega-pixel system that provides comprehensive, undisrupted video coverage throughout every part of the venue. MetLife Stadium previously won a security award and recently was nominated for another one for the system, which cost close to $1 million. Praise has come from the NFL for implementing a program that the league wants expanded to every team's home."We can validate people's accounts of any dispute, see what actually happened," says Daniel DeLorenzi, director of security and safety services at MetLife Stadium, which opened in 2010. "We can simply call our command center, see on video exactly who was involved and what occurred."The video also has evidentiary value; it's been used to see if anyone should be arrested and who."It's also utilized when medical issues crop up somewhere in the building."You get unique situations with 80,000 people in your stadium," DeLorenzi adds. "The diversity makes this system invaluable."From the command center, video operators can watch every nook and cranny of the stadium except inside the luxury boxes."The idea is to see every seat in the bowl," DeLorenzi says.Cameras also monitor concourses, escalators, the outside of the building and the parking lots. The system has the ability to provide views of about a quarter-mile away, showing surrounding roadways and even the Giants' practice facility.It took several months of investigating products and suppliers before the stadium settled on the camera design by Arecont Vision and management of the system by Genetec Security Center, according to MetLife Stadium President and CEO Brad Mayne. Installation took nine months, but the system was in place well before last February's Super Bowl.The stadium has about 40 events a year, including 10 home dates each for the Giants and Jets, college football games, concerts and motor racing.And it's not all about the cameras. When the stadium opened, DeLorenzi implemented a program emphasizing fan conduct.If someone is ejected from MetLife Stadium, that person is banned for all events until completing a readmittance program. That program entails having the barred person fill out a form that basically is an ejection report; explain to DeLorenzi what his or her actions were; and take an online conduct course vowing to act responsibly.Once that person has a certificate of completion, readmittance is granted."We've had no repeat offenders from people who have taken the class," says DeLorenzi.The NFL is so impressed with the fan conduct course it will be making it mandatory throughout the league.What began as an alcohol awareness class morphed into a program addressing other issues. The class includes anger management and stress management techniques courses to provide an understanding of the impact of bad behavior on others."Our class registrations are up," says Ray DiNunzio, the NFL's director of strategic security programs. "If fans violate one of the principle tenets, they are required to be ejected from the stadium and prohibited from returning to the stadium until completing the course. And new in 2014, they are barred from any NFL stadium."DiNunzio notes the "number of ejections are way below 1 percent" of people in attendance at games. There were fewer than 8,000 ejections leaguewide in 2013."We will have a better picture of compliance after the fan conduct inspection process concludes this season," he said.Fans can report issues at the New Jersey Meadowlands stadium directly to the security command center in the bowels of the building through texting to 78247 and typing "MLS," followed by a request for assistance and a location; by calling a Hotline at 201 559-1515; or by sending a tweet to @MLStadium.The stadium also has undercover security and police officers who play a role in game-day security."We're tracking stats as much as we can to learn if the fan conduct class is an effective tool," DiNunzio says. "The last thing we want is to have a program that requires this much effort on the part of the fan and the league and for it to not be effective."MetLife Stadium's DeLorenzi has no doubt about the effectiveness of the course and of the camera system."The message is simply that what you do and how you behave is subject to scrutiny," he says. "And we have the means there to see what you did."___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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