How Cameras Become Mission Essential

When considering the acquisition and deployment of a municipal surveillance system, the core question needs to be, “Has the need for reliable delivery of live and recorded surveillance video become essential for keeping my community safe?” In most cases, the answer is yes. In the YouTube age, when seeing is believing and video evidence reigns supreme, the forensic applications speak for themselves. However, smart cities also rely on technological innovations to reduce operational expenses and improve delivery of services.

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There are four factors that are foundational to Mission Essential Operation:

 

System Designed for Current and Future Needs

It takes a purposed, collaborative effort to plan a comprehensive system that will operate reliably both now, and in the years to come. Our technology is non-proprietary and scalable, so you don’t need to worry about getting locked in to a platform that isn’t set up to handle unforeseen additions and requirements.

Reliable Network Platform

Leverage DETECT’s proven Peer-to-Peer Surveillance platform is a solid network foundation. Peer-to-peer means there is virtually no latency when viewing live video, and we are proud to boast about our high uptime reliability rates. In an emergency, seconds count—don’t let lag time affect response decisions.

Health Monitoring System

Electronics can be delicate, and in any network environment, weak spots surface in the form of environmental factors, network anomalies, viewing platforms, and even camera sabotage. Our system monitoring provides a network map, allowing for technicians to pinpoint the exact area of failure, and address it efficiently. Your system even emails you a health report every morning so you can keep a keen eye on what’s working, and take care of what’s not.

Maintenance and Support

We pride ourselves on your accomplishment, which means we only succeed when you do. And that’s why we meticulously design your system, work with you on best practices for deployment, offer training and support along the way. We’re not an install shop—we’re a technology partner that understands the tricky nature of video surveillance, and our service team is here to help you get the most out of your system.

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Let us help you understand what steps to take. Our experienced technology team can help you design and implement the system you need.

Is Your Community as Safe as Possible?

A good surveillance system is, at its core, about keeping communities safe: citizens, schools, officers, and buildings and public spaces. These are all important components of a healthy community environment, but it’s crucial to implement a model of proactive response — that means understanding the situation and reacting in the best and quickest way, the first time.


Keeping Communities Safe

Improving quality of life metrics is a standard goal of any municipality initiative. Citizens want and deserve to feel confident about their safety, both inside their homes and out among their neighbors. Public perception of a city’s crime statistics and incident response can either bolster or erode the public’s confidence in their elected officials and safety professionals.

A municipal video surveillance system is often deployed initially in parks, schools, and public areas. There is usually strong support for such systems, and because they have proven to dramatically decrease crime and vandalism, it’s a great way to earn public trust in a new system.

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Keeping Schools Safe

You need only watch the evening news to worry about the safety of our schools. In a crisis, access to readily-available, actionable intelligence is often limited by legacy technologies and practices. In the critical minutes of a worst-case scenario, emergency personnel have to respond with little or no strategic analysis or tactical advantage. Thoughts and prayers have their place, but real-time video analysis is a real game-changer.

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An unnecessary layer of complexity is added to a critical response window when disparate video surveillance systems are in play, as is often the case when a school district and a local public safety agency have their own security plans. Using DETECT VMS, school cameras can be seamlessly integrated with municipal or police camera systems, allowing asset sharing without either agency sacrificing autonomy or privacy.

Property crime is another major concern of many school districts.  An innovative and effective method to monitor and protect property includes sharing cameras from different surveillance systems. A local school district saved thousands of dollars with DETECT VMS as shown in the video below:

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Keeping Officers Safe

A 911 call comes into dispatch and an officer is immediately dispatched to the scene.  An alert video operator zooms a camera onto the incident, and is able to give the responding officer a live narrative, while simultaneously calling in assistance. Having an extra set of eyes on an incident drastically improves officer safety and provides a forensic record of the incident.

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A strong surveillance network can function as a force multiplier, essentially turning one set of eyes and a well-designed set of alarms into a force of its own. In many cases, a video operator can resolve an incident through direct audio intervention, without ever dispatching an officer. Using a video operator to handle nuisance crime frees up an officer for a more critical response.

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In this age of budget cuts and economic crunches, investing in DETECT VSS is a smart move. Between unifying assets, consolidating video monitoring, and using off-site crime deterrent methods, a community can actually improve response rates without adding a single responder.

Leverage DETECT is a sound investment in a number of ways:

  • Increases the effectiveness of existing surveillance assets through city-wide unification and sharing.
  • Multiplies law enforcement assets and implements PDA intervention in non-critical situations
  • Maintains forensic recordings as evidence for prosecution and recovering damages.

Ask us how.  Our experienced technology team can help you design and implement the system you need.

How Technology Can Help Keep Your Community Safe

Improving the quality of life of every citizen is a universal goal of city officials and employees. Citizens want and deserve to feel confident about their safety, both inside their homes and out in their community. Public perception of a city’s crime statistics and response can either bolster or erode the public’s confidence in their elected officials and safety professionals. So, how do you choose a technology partner?

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A Safe Community is a Happy Community

A key measurement of the happiness of a society is access to safe public places that can be enjoyed by all citizens. Public parks, baseball fields, city streets, town squares—these are gathering places that people have a right to expect to be safe, clean, and crime-free.

A strong surveillance network provides tools that alert authorities to issues in real time, before damage or violence go too far. The Leverage team can assist in assessing resources and gathering requirements to develop an effective and efficient video surveillance system for your open areas and public places.

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What is Leverage DETECT?

Not all municipal surveillance systems are created equal. Most cities have a handful of disparate camera systems, deployed haphazardly by various departments, utilities, and school districts. Each system was set up with a specific purpose, but over time has been poorly maintained—and therefore, underutilized. An asset may be identified as useful to more than one stakeholder, but there’s no system in place for sharing camera or video.  Does this sound familiar?

 

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Developing an infrastructure for a shared surveillance system should be a collaborative process, driven by a technology-focused group that can work with all the stakeholders to first blueprint the current situation, and then diagram a clear way forward. Identifying assets, unifying existing systems, efficiently planning for upgrades, and outlining a strategic plan for growth—this is what Leverage does best. And we don’t leave you to fend for yourself after setup—we’re here, whenever you need us. The Leverage model for life-cycle management ensures long-term success and a flexible, reliable video surveillance system.

Detect Engagement

Our system design experts will guide you through the steps one at a time, from concept through deployment, supporting your success and eventually scaling your system as it becomes more and more mission essential—and help you make the best decisions along the way. We have years of experience setting up successful systems—we are truly the experts in the field.

How Do We Pay For It?

Oftentimes, a law enforcement agency will take the lead in securing funding for a pilot operation using grant funds distributed by local, state and federal administrations. However, once the pilot program is established and successful, it is crucial to recruit support and investment from other departments and agencies that have a common interest in the video and data throughout the municipality: traffic control, school districts, business districts, judicial districts, and so forth. This support transitions a standalone surveillance system into a city-wide, mission essential component, and the sources of funding multiply with each additional stakeholder.

See examples of DETECT in action on our YouTube Channel.

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Let us help you get started. Our experienced technology team can help you design and implement the system you need.

 

How to Get Started with Comprehensive Video Surveillance

Developing a surveillance plan, organizing assets, and deploying an effective system requires preparation and planning. The Leverage DETECT team are experts in designing the best system to meet your requirements. We work with you from the very beginning concept stage through deployment. And, we’re here to support you after setup, for the full life cycle of the system—when you’re ready to scale up. We’re here when you need us. Learn how to know when you’re ready to take the leap from a camera system to a surveillance network.

 

Detect Engagement

Every DETECT VSS includes:

  • Virtually unlimited scalability
  • Proven uptime and reliability
  • Near zero latency / real-time response
  • Unattended alarm and response automation features (DETECT)
  • Sharing of assets with other VSS
  • System health monitoring tools
  • Shared incident libraries
  • Watermarked preservation of video evidence

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A Comprehensive Municipal Surveillance System

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Why DETECT is the Right Partner

Developing an infrastructure for a municipal surveillance system should be a collaborative process, driven by a technology-focused group that can work with all the stakeholders to first blueprint the current situation, and then diagram a clear way forward. Sharing assets, efficiently planning for upgrades, and outlining a strategic plan for growth—including funding—this is what Leverage does best.

 

The non-proprietary DETECT Video Surveillance System can absorb the assets you already have invested in, and work seamlessly with new technology—plus, it can scale over time into the reliable surveillance program you’ve always needed. The Leverage model for system management ensures long-term success and a flexible, reliable VSS.

 

Unattended Alarm Response Features

DETECT VSS provides a sophisticated automated response features that trigger alerts and camera actions without requiring live monitoring. These triggers can be customized by schedule or according to a geofence violation, and notifications can be personalized depending on the time or type of violation. The alarms are automatically logged on the system and can be addressed at a more convenient time. These features free up personnel without sacrificing incident recording.

 

Detect in Action

See for yourself how the right surveillance solution can positively influence officer response, public space monitoring, city-business relations, and nuisance crime.

 

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Let us help you get started

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Our experienced technology team can help you design and implement the system you need.