Rhode Island Police Only Use Flock LPR, City Argues To Sole Source Flock

By Isabella Cheng, Published Mar 09, 2022, 09:22am EST (Info+)

A Rhode Island police department is attempting to sole source Flock Safety cameras based emphasizing Flock is the only LPR company with contracts with Rhode Island police departments. However, members of the city council and the public have raised ethical, financial, and privacy concerns.

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In this report, IPVM examines:

  • Warwick, RI Police Department's reasoning
  • Pricing of Flock system
  • Power of Flock's network effects
  • Councilman Rix: supports normal bidding process
  • Flock claims unique features
  • Mission creep/policy concerns, including Flock comment
  • US Naval War College Professor's concerns
  • Next steps

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**********: *** ***** ***** ***********, **'* my *************, ** *** **** *** contracts **** *** ****** *********** ** the ***** ** ***** ****** ** this ****.

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Power ** ******* *******

******* **'* ******* ** **** ****** Flock ****** ***** *** ***** ** Flock's ******* *******, ***** ********* *********** ********** **** ** *** *****'* $150 ******* *********** ***** ** **** 2021. ******, ***** ******* **** ******** as **** ******* *** ****** *** connected ** *** ****** *** ** more ***** ***** ***********.

*** ******* ****** ***** *********** *** **** ** **** *********** ***** *** ******* ** ***** Flock ******* ** *********** ***** ****** cities:

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Councilman ***: ******** ****** ******* *******

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IPVM Image* ********** **** *** ******** ** requesting ******** ***** ******* **-*, **** source ********, ** ***** ** *** argument **** ******* ***** *** ** other ***********, ****, ** ***** ****** that **** ********* **** ****** *********** or **************, *********, ***** ** * sole ****** ********.

However, * ***** **** **** ****** ** ******* *** ****** ******* *******. Because even if competitors don't have contracts with municipalities in Rhode Island right now, I don't believe that that should prevent us from seeking bids from other providers with ALPR cameras, learning about the different systems and being able to compare whether it's an apples to apples comparison, or learning more about the different offers different prices. I think that the bidding process, if we decide to go in this direction, would tend to produce the most cost effective results and have a community discussion on what all of our options are. [emphasis added]

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*** ****** ****** **** ***** ****** ALPR ******* *** *** "**** *** Enforcement ***** **** ****** ** ***** the ********* *********** ** *********** ********":

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Flock ******* ********** ********

***** ***** ******* ******** ** ****, including "******** *********** ******* ******," *****'* "Transparency ******," *** ****** ** *********-***** Flock ******* ** ***** ******* *** the ****** *****'* ************* *** *** sole ******:

*** ***** *** ********,and *'* **** **** *** ******* ********* ** ***** ****** **** *** *** **** ************* *** *** **** ******. He also talked about our patented proprietary machine vision to analyze vehicle license plate, state recognition, vehicle color, vehicle type, vehicle make and objects (roof rack, unique hubcap, etc.) based on image analytics (not car registration data); our one-of-a-kind “Transparency Portal” public-facing dashboard that details the policies in place by the purchaser, as well as automatically updated metrics from the Flock system; and access to additional cameras purchased by our HOA and private business partners, which means an ever-increasing amount of evidence and data at no additional cost. [emphasis added]

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Features ********** ** ******* **** ******?

******** **** ***** *** ******* ** emphasized *** *** ** *****'* *********** features, ********** *** **** ***** ** whether ****** ***** ******* ** ********** for *********** * **** ****** ********. Meanwhile, *** ***** ****** *** ********** that ***** *** "** **** ** other *** ******* *** **" ***************:

IPVM Image*o ***, ** *** * **** ****** ********. If you go into the technology and what we do, specifically with LPR technology and machine learning, and within the system, and the transparency portal that we presented, and connecting to other departments within Rhode Island, we are a sole source provider. We *** ** **** ** ***** *** ******* *** ** and we can send you that letter. If that would help. [emphasis added]

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Ordinance **-* ********

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"Mission *****" *******, ***** ********

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Councilman *********: ******** *** ******

*******, *************** *************** ** *** ******** ** ******* that **** *********** ******** *** ******:

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US ***** *** ******* *********/******* ********: "**** **. ***"

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********* ****** ***** ** ******* *** city ** "**** **, ***":

**** ** *** ***** **** **** people **** **** *** **** ** intentions **** **** **** *** **** the **** ** ****. **** **. Now.

Hold ***** *** **, ****

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Comments (4)

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*** **** **** ***** *** ***** makers *** *** ******, **** **** the ****** **** ***** **** *************, means **** ** *** ***** ******, but ** ****** * ****** ****** move.

***** * ********** ***** **** ***** cameras *** **** ** ******* **********, Flock ******* *** *** **** *** this *******:

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*** ** ** ********* ** * California **** **** ***,***+ *********. ** company ******** ****** ************ *** ******* for *** ****. * **** ***** questions ** **** ** ** ******** on ******* ** *** ********** ***** cameras ** *******. * ******, ***** was *** *** *** *** ***** cameras **** *** **** *** **** $80,000 ********. *** **** ***** ** that ***** *****’* ***** ****** ** their ********, **** *** * ****** to ******** ******** *****. *’** ****** with *** ***** ***** *** **** times *** **** **** **** **** won’t ***** ** ** ****** ***** cameras. * ********** *** ***** ** the ***** ****** *** *** ****’* choose ****, *** ****’* **** ******** the *** *** ******* *** ** RFP? ***** ** **** ****’* ******** this **** ** *******, ***** ***** let **** ** ** ** ** resellers.

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