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How Public Safety Can Benefit from Audio Intervention Integrated into Public Video Surveillance System

Public video surveillance systems should be integrated with a public address (PA) system to make it capable of audio intervention.

 

Why?

Boost surveillance capabilities

Surveillance cameras serve as eyes on the ground, providing operators a view of what is going on in monitored areas. With a PA system integrated to them, audio features are added, extending camera features to audio.

Minimizes need for law enforcement intervention

Imagine a group of people sneaking into a closed park at night. Looking through a camera, many scenarios come to mind on what the group plans to do. With an audio intervention system to go with public video surveillance systems, you can make an announcement and warn them that someone is watching.

 

Two things can happen—the group leaves or insists on staying. If it is the latter, only then will you have to call law enforcement to the scene.

Deter crimes and malicious intent

Going back to the previous example, knowing there are eyes trained on them will ruin any plans they have. Camera operators can then alert law enforcement to be on the lookout should the group choose to take their plans somewhere else.

 

Save local government crime-response expenses

Responding to a crime or incident involves money. Even more money will be required to fix any damage caused by the incident. If an incident is stopped before any damage is done, the municipality can save money and resources.


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

Leverage Detect and the City of Rancho Cucamonga to Expand Public Safety Video Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/15/2018

Steve Wolff

Territory Manager

Leverage Information Systems

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steve.wolff@leverageis.com

 

 

Riverside, California (US):

The new Sports Center in the City of Rancho Cucamonga broke ground April of last year. It will be bigger than the existing RC Sports Center and will include three indoor and three outdoor multi-use courts, a multipurpose room, concession, and office space for city staff.

 

The size and number of facilities called for a robust surveillance and security system.

 

In response to this need, developers worked with city staff and engineers from Leverage Information Systems to develop the appropriate surveillance and security platform for the new facility.

 

The security and network solutions provider was selected to install surveillance cameras throughout the facility and integrate them into the Public Safety Video Network of the City of Rancho Cucamonga.

 

The video network is an ongoing project where surveillance-style cameras are deployed all over the city to promote public safety. It started in 2013 with the Victoria Gardens Shopping Center and parts of the Foothill corridor receiving the 12 cameras that were first deployed.

 

The project continued to expand over the past 5 years and now includes a variety of city facilities and properties open to the public and some of the school districts within the city.

 

According to the City of Rancho Cucamonga, the cameras add a layer of security that ensures public safety and enhances the citizens’ quality of life. People who frequent locations where the cameras installed will have a sense of security.

 

The Public Safety Video Network will also support law enforcement.

 

When completed, the new Sports Center will provide a sports area for the community that is centrally located.

 

It is expected that the number of visitors to the new facility will double. Thus, the need for a robust surveillance and security platform.

 

The role of Leverage Information Systems is just one of the advanced design considerations for the project.

 

As what RJM Design Group’s Zachary Mueting said, “The city put a lot of forethought in how this building will evolve. It wasn’t just built for today. It’s been designed for the evolution down the road.”

 

RJM Design Group is the architecture firm chosen for the project.

 

 

 

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 1984 and is headquartered in Woodinville, Washington and services all surveillance solutions in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties.

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Best Uses of Surveillance Camera Networks in Municipalities

With several communities spread out in different areas, surveillance camera networks are vital to municipalities.

 

Unfortunately, publicly funded surveillance systems are prone to technical problems. They also face challenges in building out and maintaining network infrastructure. Given its role in public safety, the use of surveillance cameras should be a priority.

 

But how does a municipality overcome hurdles along the way?

 

By partnering with private businesses and entities that have robust and advanced surveillance camera networks.

 

Through public-private partnerships or P3s, surveillance camera networks are deployed within a city to help ensure public safety and promote camera-sharing initiatives. On a municipal level, however, the lack of resources make installation of surveillance cameras challenging.

 

But the benefits that come with video surveillance in a municipality should be reason enough to bring public-private partnerships within the municipal environment.

 

Municipalities that use surveillance camera networks can enjoy several advantages.

Develop and promote public-private partnerships

With P3s established within a municipality, resources and surveillance gaps will be addressed. As a result, law enforcement agencies will have access to existing surveillance assets owned by private businesses.

 

Public-facing cameras on entry and exit points and rooftops are used for surveillance and then tied back to a centralized location, resulting in a kind of force multiplier for agencies responsible for public safety.

Boost information sharing

Different publicly owned surveillance networks within a city can boost information sharing between first responders and law enforcement agencies when physical tools at their disposal are shared. So why limit information gathering and surveillance in a small range when it can be spread throughout an entire municipality?

Improve video analytics

Video analytics provide security intelligence that warns police in advance of possible crimes and troubles in public areas. Traditionally, algorithms of video analytics are focused on object detection and property intrusions. Advancements, however, have made them critical to law enforcement gaining an edge over law & order maintenance and crime prevention.

Access to full range video technology options

Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera models are commonly used in municipal surveillance networks. Unfortunately, these have limited surveillance capabilities compared to newer panoramic models. During an incident, PTZs end up pointed the wrong way.

 

Panoramic cameras, however, provide end users with 180 to 360-degree views of a scene. If a municipality can’t afford to replace PTZs with the newer models, they can have access to them as part of public-private partnerships surveillance camera networks.

Diligence in camera service and maintenance

Surveillance cameras are critical to public safety. Therefore, they had to be regularly serviced and checked to ensure they work 24/7. Many crimes committed are left unresolved due to the lack of evidence that camera footage would have provided if it worked.

 

To prevent the same thing from happening within a municipality it is important to be diligent about service and maintenance of surveillance camera networks. Doing so will make installation and use of surveillance system worth the investment by both public and private sectors.

 

Surveillance cameras are an integral part of the global safe city initiatives that are predicted to increase from 2015 to 2020 by 80%, according to a report published by Homeland Security Research Corp. Make sure your municipality is not left behind.


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 Expands Public Safety Video Network to the new Sports Center

In April of 2017, the City of Rancho Cucamonga broke ground on their new Sports Center.  Early on in the development process, developers worked with city staff and engineers from Leverage Information Systems to provide a robust surveillance and security platform for this new facility.  The new 55,000 square foot facility consists of both in door and out door multi-sport courts that serve the entire community.  The complex is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2018.

Leverage Information Systems was selected as the vendor to install a large contingent of surveillance cameras throughout the facility which will be incorporated into the city’s Public Safety Video Network.  The Public Safety Video Network is an ongoing city-wide deployment of surveillance style cameras designed to promote public safety and enhance the quality of life for the citizens.

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New Technologies Useful to School District Surveillance

Schools have been the sites of the worst mass shootings in history. It makes sense to increase security for the safety and security of everyone on campus. That’s exactly what many schools across the country have done, and they have chosen surveillance technologies similar to those used in international airports. Although privacy experts continue to debate about the best uses for these sophisticated tools, having a high-end school district surveillance system in place is one of the best ways to save lives in the event of a crisis.

 

Among the surveillance technologies US schools invested in include:

 

Facial recognition

Cameras with facial recognition features helps identify and deter predators. Some cameras include tracking, live coverage, infrared, motion detection, and the ability to allow local law enforcement to access the system in case a situation arises. This is a useful feature that can help first responders assess and react appropriately to emergencies before they even arrive on the scene.

 

Object recognition

Often times, a violent crime committed on  campus begins with someone sneaking in a weapon. One of the first questions to arise is how did the perpetrator get them into the school? Where did they pass? Where did they hide the weapons? Was it hidden in a way that human eyes couldn’t detect?

 

Cameras with object recognition software can help with that. And some schools are opting for a double feature: facial recognition with object recognition. Faces will be matched against a database containing profiles of gang members, sex offenders, and employees who have been fired. The object recognition software of the camera will search for weapons and other items that are prohibited.

 

License plate tracking

Getaway vehicles make it easier for criminals to escape from the scene of a crime. With license plate reading (LPR) cameras, it’s now easier for law enforcement to determine if the car was stolen or if its owner is wanted for arrest.

 

Keeping track of someone who has committed a crime is difficult. However, including LPR cameras as part of a school district surveillance system increases the chances of tracking the suspect as they go.

 

Concerns raised

Schools have been applauded for increasing the security measures to ensure the safety of those inside campus, but concerns have been raised by experts in privacy and civil liberties. In particular, they are concerned over the unforeseen circumstances of having systems installed that include advanced features like bio-metric and location tracking features.

 

A surveillance system is a great option for tackling safety issues. However, parents and the school community need to be involved in the decision-making process. Not only that, schools and school districts should be fully transparent about how they gather information and how it is used, shared, or kept.

 

The installation of school surveillance systems is a complex debate. If students, teachers, parents and law enforcement can work together to use this technology correctly, it will increase security on school campuses.


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