It’s not quite “Big Brother,” but the Pennsylvania State
Police is adding a new high-tech monitoring and inspection device to its ranks.
According to a press release from BIO-key International
Inc., the PSP Truck Inspection Unit, also known as MobileCop, features a
finger-based biometric identification system and wireless connectivity, which
will allow officers to access criminal and commercial vehicle databases while
on the road.
Initially, 200 of the devices will be added to the state’s
patrol vehicles, each of which will be able to communicate wirelessly with
other databases and MobileCop units.
The Truck Inspection Unit will be used exclusively to check
commercial vehicles driven in the state, and will be able to check drivers for
compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Hazardous
Material Regulations, as well as applicable state laws.