Do you remember when being a bank teller was the first step in a career path in banking that could lead to being a bank officer or even a bank president? That pretty much went away a few years ago, but now it looks even less likely. Technology is making it possible to replace the tellers in your local branch with “tellers” connected to a supercharged ATM by video feed from a call center.
When I started in law enforcement at the Portland Police Bureau in 1978, the bureau was proud of two great advancements, a single computer station in each precinct that printed results on paper (no video screen, just a printer!). What’s even more amazing, Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) – computerized devices used to communicate with central dispatch offices – became available in a few police cars.
There are two fast emerging technologies that will affect retail sales and surveillance:
1) Card reading devices that work inside a retail establishment that are essentially replacing “cash registers."
2) Mobile payment acceptance using devices attached to smart phones.
The murders at Clackamas Town Center in Oregon and at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are particularly poignant because of the holiday season when our thoughts should be about peace on earth and goodwill to all. But two mentally disturbed individuals have stolen our thoughts and redirected our prayers to families and neighbors suffering a horrible tragedy.
On a personal level, the Clackamas Town Center murders struck close to home. I was a Portland Police Officer for 23 years and lived in Clackamas county for 30 years. My family has shopped at Clackamas Town Center innumerable times. We don’t live there now, but my wife was planning a shopping trip to the Clackamas Town Center for the day that ended up being the day after the shooting. Our prayers and condolences go out to the victims there.
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