• Short Summary

    AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE SUSSEX CONSTABULARY, IN LEWES, A NEW SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING PICTURES TO MOVING POLICE CARS WAS TESTED TODAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE SUSSEX CONSTABULARY, IN LEWES, A NEW SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING PICTURES TO MOVING POLICE CARS WAS TESTED TODAY (TUESDAY). THE POLICE SYSTEM IS SIMILAR TO THAT EMPLOYED BY NEWSPAPERS FOR FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OF PAGES BETWEEN DISTANT OFFICES.

    THE NEW SYSTEM, PRODUCED BY MUIRHEAD LIMITED, WAS DEVISED TO SUPPLEMENT NORMAL RADIO-TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION CHANNELS BETWEEN VEHICLE AND BASE. POLICE AUTHORITIES FELT THAT RADIO-TELEPHONE SYSTEMS WERE NOT SECURE AND COULD BE OVERHEARD. IT WAS ALSO FELT THAT SOMETHING WAS NEEDED TO ENABLE PICTURES TO BE TRANSMITTED.

    THE FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM ENABLES PICTURES TO BE SENT AT ALL TIMES, WHETHER OR NOT THE CAR IS MANNED. IT IS PARTICULARLY EFFECTIVE FOR SINGLE-OCCUPANT CARS. THE PICTURES IS RECORDED ON PAPER IN THE CAR. IN ADDITION, THE SIGNALS CANNOT BE INTERCEPTED AND ANY NUMBER OF RECEIVERS CAN BE FED FROM ON OR MORE TRANSMITTERS.

    IN TODAY'S TEST, MADE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HOME OFFICE, AN IDENTIKIT PICTURE OF A SUSPECT WAS FED TO A PATROL CAR FROM A TRANSMITTER IN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE SUSSEX CONSTABULARY.

    THE FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OPERATES THROUGH A SYSTEM OR ROTATING DRUMS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS. THE PICTURES IS WRAPPED AROUND A DRUM ON THE TRANSMITTING MACHINE. THE IMAGES ARE TRANSMITTED THROUGH A PHOTOELECTRIC CELL TO A RECEIVER AND A SIMILAR DRUM. THE IMAGES ARE RECORDED ON ELECTROSENSITIVE PAPER AND A PERMANENT PICTURE IS PRODUCED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1LO0FLMSIGQL0QAVX9KEMOP2O
    Media URN:
    VLVA1LO0FLMSIGQL0QAVX9KEMOP2O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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