city wide surveillance

City Wide Surveillance: A Necessity to Ensuring Community Safety

A community is an important unit in society. It allows groups of people to come together with specific goals in mind. There are academic communities where knowledge flows freely or artistic ones formed to collectively practice a specific art form. It’s important to keep these communities as safe as possible, one way of doing that is with city wide surveillance.

 

But perhaps the most common (and prevalent example) of a community is residential. You may think these are just suburban neighborhoods but it’s so much more than that. It can extend to the business district and its establishments as well as other public areas where people converge. That said, the cities and towns we live in are effectively residential communities.

 

Community Safety

One of the most desirable traits of any community is citizen safety. To ensure this, local law enforcement agencies employ techniques such as city wide surveillance. These are systems that make use of cameras strategically placed in public areas, with images fed through closed circuit television (CCTV) to keep a watchful eye on townspeople going about their day.

 

Some people may consider city wide surveillance as an invasion of privacy. However, this form of technology has helped police officers and emergency response teams to locate people in distress or catch perpetrators of crime. Traffic enforcers have also found that cameras are handy when unruly drivers break a host of traffic laws.

 

 


Leverage Detect is proud to offer its services nationwide and to the following counties and cities: Chino, Fontana, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Riverside, and San Bernardino

law enforcement video surveillance

The Value of Law Enforcement Video Surveillance

Compared to the early years of law enforcement, today’s police officers are far more sophisticated. A big reason for this is the evolution of technology law enforcement agencies use to track down and apprehend offenders of the law. Advances in technology have modernized how standard police procedures are done. One example would be in law enforcement video surveillance.

 

Now video surveillance itself is nothing new. In fact, it has been around for nearly a century.

 

Let’s have a quick look at how this technology has evolved and how law enforcement video surveillance is keeping our streets safer.

 

Video Surveillance: A History

The origin of this can be traced back to 1942. Closed circuit television was used in Germany’s space station to view the launch of v2 rockets.

 

Below is a timeline of other relevant events in relation to the evolution of video surveillance.

 

1947 – Commercial video surveillance applications began in the United States.

1957 – A number of companies including General Precision Labs provided CCTV cameras for medical and industrial applications. These cameras supported greyscale video. Color video would be introduced in the same decade.

1970 – The introduction of the videocassette recorder (VCR) made video surveillance even more popular.

1996 – Axis introduced the first IP camera. Instead of a coaxial cable, it used the Ethernet network for communication enabling video signals to be sent as digital encoded signals instead of analog signals.

2003 – Major companies like Sony and Panasonic adopt surveillance and IP technology.

2007 – They were able to make IP cameras of their own.

2015 – High resolution 4k cameras were introduced.

 

How Digital Video Surveillance is Serving Law Enforcement

As mentioned above, video surveillance can either be analog or digital. But in keeping with the prevalent technology, let’s focus on digital video surveillance.

 

Techopedia defines digital video as “capable of capturing images and videos that can be compressed, stored or sent over communication networks.” Surveillance is a system that is done primarily through a closed circuit television system (CCTV and surveillance are often used interchangeably). Modern times calls for digital video surveillance that is sophisticated enough for law enforcement.

 

While stake outs are still an integral part of identifying a suspected criminal, it has become safer, thanks to surveillance technology. For one, police on the field don’t necessarily have to be within view of a person of interest’s home or workplace. They can follow a target’s movements through law enforcement video surveillance.

 

Another benefit of using such technology is that it deters criminals from harming both life and property. The possibility of being watched can dissuade potential criminals from doing things that can land a person in jail.

 

Law Enforcement Video Surveillance

Finally, law enforcement video surveillance is used to help solve crimes. Footage from CCTV cameras can be used to look for clues to determine the perpetrator or obtain evidence that can be used to indict him or her in a court of law.

 

If you are in need of surveillance solutions for your organization we at Leverage Detect can offer something to satisfy any and all of your technical requirements. Click here to view our full range of products and services.

 


Leverage Detect is proud to offer its services nationwide and to the following counties and cities: Chino, Fontana, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Riverside, and San Bernardino

Peer to Peer Surveillance Architecture and Automated Camera Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/15/2018

Steve Wolff

Territory Manager

Leverage Information Systems

951-796-1324 Mobile

425-420-1448 Office

425-485-9400 Fax

800-825-6680 Toll Free

steve.wolff@leverageis.com

 

Peer to Peer Surveillance Architecture and Automated Camera Response

Patent Published February 8th, 2018

 

Riverside, California (US): Leverage Detect received their patent for Automated Camera Response in a Surveillance Architecture, published on February 8th of 2018. The application is in continuation to Leverage Detect’s earlier patent, Peer to Peer Surveillance Architecture, and the two work together in providing a surveillance system with better detection and response capabilities over the more traditional surveillance systems.

 

For example, many traditional surveillance systems generally provide audio and video monitoring through a hierarchical system. A closed-circuit television system, for instance, can provide video monitoring through a set of closed-circuit cameras. They are then connected to a single standalone device where the video from the cameras are sent to and viewed. In order for the more traditional CCTV surveillance system to operate, there is a single central controller or device that acce0pts the signals from the closed circuit cameras usually via wired connection. This presents a single point of failure, whereby should anything happen to the device the entire surveillance system can fail.

 

Digital and networked devices were introduced to get around the wired connectivity. Digital devices can obviously be set up wirelessly and they allow for one or more standard network connections that can be used by capture devices, rather than a dedicated video connection. Utilizing the internet, the videos can also be sent through digital networks, whereas CCTV systems weren’t able to do without great expense.

 

The digital network based surveillance systems still continue to rely on a centralized controller in order to function. So even though the problem with wired CCTV systems has been alleviated by network based surveillance systems, the single point of failure of the centralized controller still persists in today’s systems. This is where a Peer to Peer Surveillance Architecture with automated camera response addresses the deficiency in these systems as well as providing additional advantages.

 

Leverage Detect utilizes a Peer to Peer Surveillance Architecture. The surveillance architecture has no central controller because of the independent relationship between its nodes. The nodes of the architecture may refer to capture (camera), viewing, content storage, etc. In this sort of structure there are less moving parts which allows for a higher uptime, real-time situational awareness for first responders, and scalability for large municipalities. When this system is coupled with automated camera response, law enforcement and first responders can respond real-time making the system more effective than a client-server network with reduced reliability.

 

Contact Leverage Detect today for more information on Peer to Peer Surveillance Architecture and Automated Camera Response.

 

 

About Leverage Detect: Leverage Information Systems, Inc. designs and delivers networking solutions for commercial and government sectors. It offers data center, cloud, voice and video, network infrastructure, wireless, RFID asset tracking, unified communications, Web collaboration and conferencing, virtualization, INFOSEC service, IT security, and IP surveillance solutions. Leverage Detect serves education, finance, the federal government, gaming/casino, healthcare, hospitality, enterprise, state and local government, public safety/first responder, security, intelligence, defense, science, mid-markets, and utilities. It provides its solutions through distributors. Leverage Information Systems, Inc. was formerly known as Federal Network Services, Inc. and changed its name to Leverage Information Systems, Inc. in March 2007. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Woodinville, Washington and services all surveillance solutions in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties.

municipal video surveillance

Positive Impact of Municipal Video Surveillance

It is common to have security cameras installed within a place of business, but what happens outside matters too. Public safety should be a top priority for the municipal sector as it is essential in helping a community thrive. Thus municipal video surveillance should be considered in most all municipalities, below we’ll get into the why.

 

Cities and towns are expanding at rapid rates, making municipal video surveillance extremely important. Communities rely on consumers and visitors to visit shops and restaurants in order to thrive. Knowing a place is safe and secure is a major selling point, and as such, it makes sense for municipalities to have surveillance cameras in public areas.

 

Having a municipal video surveillance system can have a positive impact on the community. Here’s how:

 

It Encourages the Growth of Business

 

The number of customers who will flock to an area with lots of shops and restaurants will increase if they know the place is safe. Having surveillance cameras installed along the streets can help customers feel at ease. And when more people come, local revenue is expected to increase. In addition, it might even encourage other businesses to set up shop in the area.

 

It Reduces the Crime Rate

 

There are times when no one is apprehended for a crime that has been committed because the evidence is scant or inconclusive. Video that is clear and of high quality is a tool that can be used to apprehend suspects who commit a violation, be it vandalizing store fronts or engaging in illegal activities.

 

It Improves Public Areas

 

No one should be scared to go out in their own neighborhood. Crimes can happen at any time of the day, but many usually fear the night. Residents, visitors, business owners and their employees should all feel safe in any neighborhood.

 

Parks and public squares have been used for ages to meet friends and acquaintances, and anyone who visits such venues should not fear for their life. Installing municipal video surveillance systems in such areas can help allay some of those fears knowing someone is looking out for them.

 

It Enhances Business and Government Relations

 

It is important for everyone living in one community to get along. Businesses and the government need to support each other in order to ensure that a community thrives. And one of the issues both entities should be fully committed to is security. Without it, chances of success can be very slim. Each must work with each other in order to ensure that residents and visitors are all well protected.

 

It Encourages Sharing of Video Resources

 

Effective and efficient – those are the hallmarks of a good municipal surveillance system. Law enforcement agencies and others concerned with public safety all benefit when resources are shared. Critical information that needs to be passed on should be available at the earliest possible time to ensure resolution to any case.

 

It should be the goal of every municipality to foster a safe environment for residents and visitors. Crime statistics have an effect on the confidence of citizens and seeing a low crime rate has a positive impact. Installing a municipal video surveillance system can create a safer community for all.

 


Leverage Detect is proud to offer its services nationwide and to the following counties and cities: Chino, Fontana, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Riverside, and San Bernardino

Rancho Cucamonga Integrates Local High Schools Into Public Safety Video Network

The City of Rancho Cucamonga has been working with the Chaffey Joint Union High School District to establish a network connection between the city’s four high school campuses and the Public Safety Video Network (PSVN). Leverage Information Systems designed and installed a wireless link at the Los Osos High School that connects directly to the PSVN. The connection at Los Osos provides connectivity to the three remaining high schools, Alta Loma High School, Etiwanda High School and Rancho Cucamonga High School. Integrating the high school campuses into the PSVN provides instant access to approximately 150 cameras spread out among the four campuses. This allows law enforcement to view and respond to activity occurring on any of the campuses adding an additional layer of security and safety for the students and the community. The equipment is now being installed and is expected to go live within the next week or so.

Within the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, there are twelve different high schools all networked together.  Four of these high schools, Alta Loma High School, Etiwanda High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School and Los Osos High School are located within the City of Rancho Cucamonga.  The school district’s network distributes surveillance video across their network.  We were able to take advantage of this design and created a wireless link at the Los Osos campus.  This link connects with the PSVN and provides access to the cameras not only at Los Osos but at the other three campuses as well.  This adds over 150 cameras to the existing PSVN making them available for live viewing.

The school district has full control of their cameras and recorded video.  All recorded video is stored and maintained at the district office.  In the event of an emergency or an event requiring first responder action, any of the cameras on any of the four campuses is accessible to determine an appropriate response.  The PSVN is capable of controlling Pan, Tilt and Zoom functions on any camera that supports that functionality.

This project had significant cooperation and participation from a variety of agencies all working together.  The City of Rancho Cucamonga provided support from their Police Department as well as their Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT).  DoIT worked closely with the Chaffey Joint Union High School’s Information Technology administrators to work out details on how the two networks could communicate with each other.  There was considerable support from the Cucamonga Valley Municipal Water District and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency who provided access to their radio tower supporting the wireless link to the PSVN.  All of these agencies and departments worked together seamlessly with the engineers and crews from Leverage Information Systems to make this project a success.

 

rancho-cucamongaChaffey Joint Union HSD