New lights at Cambridge PD to signal emergencies
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A local police department is sending a message to its community in a dazzling display.
The light show is featured on the new Cambridge police station.
Police say the lights are a way to show residents what kind of emergency is taking place at that moment.
The whole project took about two years from concept to completion.
The lights are linked to the city’s 911 system. Flashing blue means a call for police. Flashing red means a call for the fire department. Flashing green signals a medical emergency.
The faster the pulse of the flashing lights, the more urgent the matter.
The city calls it public art, but not everyone is happy about the $180,000 price tag it came with.
“It’s kind of neat looking, but I wouldn’t spend the money on it,” said a local woman.
The city said it is a worthwhile project because people can now see in real time what emergency responders do.
An MIT professor came up with the concept and a Woburn lighting company followed through.
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