City considers high-tech van

It appears Columbus' Homeland Security agency is about to get smart with the secret-agent gear.

On Columbus Council's agenda for its meeting this evening is the proposed purchase and installation of $88,523 in surveillance equipment from International Surveillance Technology of Deerfield Beach, Fla. The gear's to be installed in a cargo van to be used by the local Office of Homeland Security.

The proposal up for approval during council's 5:30 p.m. meeting at the Government Center says: "The equipment will include components such as a DVD recorder, time/date generator, officer safety video kit, mini-disc audio recorder, etc."

And you can't get that kind of high-tech stuff just anywhere, it says: "International Surveillance Technology is the only company cleared to the level of 'secret' in relation to the surveillance vehicles, and provides the same type of equipment to various federal agencies via four federal contracts awarded to the vendor. Therefore, the vendor is considered an only known source for the purchase and installation of this equipment."

No purpose for the high-tech surveillance van is stated, but that could be a secret.