Detroit council approves traffic light camera contract


DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit City Council has approved contracts for traffic light-mounted surveillance cameras and software that helps police pinpoint areas where guns have been fired.

The Detroit News reports Tuesday that the city will spend nearly $4 million on the 215 surveillance cameras and technology which officials said will provide notifications of power outages from bad weather or traffic crashes.

Officials said the cameras can be used by police to gather information but cannot identify people or license plates.

The city also will spend $1.5 million over four years on ShotSpotter, a sound sensor software system expected to be used early next year in two police precincts.

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