StarChase in beta test with L.A. police department
StarChase recently announced that it signed a letter of intent with the Los Angeles Police Department to beta-test its vehicle tagging and tracking solution. The solution lets officers fire a plum-sized device at a vehicle whether it is moving or stationary, at a range of 30 feet. When the device strikes the vehicle, it immediately affixes thanks to a specially formulated epoxy.
The system, which is CAD and AVL compatible, uses low-pressure compressed air (85 PSI) to launch the tagging device-about what a paintball gun uses to fire a pellet, which is considered non-lethal force. An officer can fire the device while inside the vehicle, or when walking towards the suspect using a handheld wireless device, in case the suspect takes off. Previously, the company said it plans to eventually add a handheld device launcher.