— Internet dictation technology is on the verge of becoming a reality in the state, with a local television station planning to use the technology to send a message to citizens to tell them not to smoke, drive or do anything dangerous in the future.
The Tarrant County Public Television station, which has a long history of using technology to tell citizens how to live, announced Wednesday that it plans to use a similar device to send text messages to citizens when they’re in their homes or office, with the goal of helping to keep people safe from crime.
The station will use the new technology, called the TLC, to send out text messages and other messages to residents of Tarrance County, which includes Tulsa, to remind them to be more careful in the wake of the recent shooting of an 18-year-old woman by a Tulsa police officer in the city’s west side.
Tulsa police Sgt. Michael Tensing shot and killed Tanisha Anderson on Monday, and the shooting has reignited debate about race relations in the community and sparked a national conversation about police use of deadly force.
In the TRCP’s announcement, the station said the device will use a camera to capture a live video feed and send it to the station, then send the video to a mobile app that can then be viewed by the public via the internet.
The TLC will work with TRC Public Television, a community television station that specializes in local news, the Tarrants website said.
The news was welcomed by TRCTV’s general manager, David Ritter, who said he is thrilled to see the station using technology like the TDL.
“I’m so proud to see this technology being used in Tulsa,” Ritter said.
Ritter said he’s working with the local community to develop a training program for the local police force.
“I think this technology is going to be a game-changer in terms of how we communicate with our community,” he said.