Cleveland Expands Video Surveillance Program (8/22/12)
The city of Cleveland, Ohio, selected Motorola Solutions to upgrade its security. The Cleveland Shared Security Surveillance (CS3) program is a public-private partnership that allows security cameras to stream real-time information back to a police command vehicle, emergency operations center (EOC) and, as the program expands, to a dispatch center.
Cleveland’s project started in 2007 with a small wireless build and has evolved into a phased-in system that includes command vehicles, wireless cameras, incident correlation, wireless broadband integration and managed video services. Cleveland officials are expanding the video system to act as a crime deterrent. The forensic evidence gathered from the system has already helped Cleveland police solve crimes.
Funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal organizations has allowed the CS3 program to support 25 city-owned cameras and dozens of other cameras owned by local organizations, businesses and other public-safety agencies. Cleveland’s cameras can tilt, pan and zoom in on a particular area to follow the activities of an ongoing situation or help predict a dangerous situation before it happens.
Motorola’s video system allows an emergency responder in distress to press an emergency button on his or her radio that triggers an alarm at the dispatch center. The system then identifies neighboring cameras and directs them to the responder’s coordinates.
“One of the most important aspects of the video solution project has been the preventative component,” said Michael McGrath, police chief, city of Cleveland. “Individuals know the cameras are there, and that can prevent crime and tragedies from occurring. I don’t want to catch the person who stole the purse…I want to prevent the purse from being stolen in the first place.”
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