Where Are The Cameras? Geolocating Assets with DETECT VMS

Geolocating Assets using DETECT VMS

When your city, agency, or business makes a large investment in surveillance assets, a critical step in managing your new system is simply knowing where the cameras are placed. This might seem obvious, but there are many ways a camera might get “lost,” such as changes in staff or simple disuse. If there’s no documentation of the camera setups and locations and the staffer in charge of surveillance leaves, all of the institutional knowledge leaves with that person.

If no one knows where a camera asset is placed, it’s unlikely that the camera is performing optimally and providing maximum benefit. It might be out of order or even missing, and until someone tries to pull video from that camera, the fact that it isn’t working goes unnoticed. Not knowing where your cameras are might be a liability, especially for a municipality where there is an expectation that if a camera is present, so is the video.

Auditing Your System

The first step toward a healthy, functioning surveillance system is usually an audit, which maps out the systems in place, the assets connected to them, and checks for functionality. This can be a huge task comprising of tracing network assets and nodes and precisely mapping them, but it’s something that LEVERAGE has experience with and can conclude quickly and accurately.


A surveillance network can encompass an area of many square miles. All of the separate pieces need to be cataloged and monitored to ensure system health in the long term.


For example, we once performed an audit for a city. They had no idea how many cameras they had, or where they were. We painstakingly identified and mapped all of their cameras, and now, with our system in place for over five years, they know exactly what they have and where their assets are. Their system is now healthy, scalable, and accountable.

A more recent audit turned up a full 29% of the cameras in their system as being offline or experiencing problems. In addition, we were able to identify

  • configured data rates,
  • discrepancies in naming,
  • cameras that have not been properly mapped,
  • password-protected cameras that are locked out,
  • and outdated hardware that should be replaced.

This allows us to make recommendations and design a clear way forward to updating the system and restoring functionality, and allows the city to get back to enjoying the benefits of a city-wide surveillance system.

LEVERAGE provides comprehensive support to our clients by starting with a deep understanding of their system and requirements.


Mapping Assets with DETECT

Once your assets are identified, set up, and mapped correctly, view their location and status via DETECT VMS — a map-based surveillance software that displays not only where your cameras are placed, but also the health status of each asset so you are notified of failure instantly.

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Camera icons indicate the physical location of cameras.


However, there’s much more to surveillance than just dropping a pin and calling it a security camera. With DETECT VMS, you have the ability to access the asset that pin represents, directly from the map.




Interior Cameras

DETECT’s default map view shows cameras that are placed on the exterior of the building, but we also provide a way to display interior cameras as well. Using the Building Maps window, a user can navigate through a building and add, edit, and delete cameras just as easily.



Having camera mapped or “geo-located” is a powerful tool that aids in community safety, for both business owners and law enforcement personnel. DETECT can help to maximize your investment and keep your surveillance system effective.

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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.



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

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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

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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

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The Importance of High Uptime and Reliability in Municipal Video Surveillance

Want to ensure the safety and protection of citizens and police officers? A municipal video surveillance system is the best solution.


With technology and operators watching different areas of a municipality at any given time, crime and criminal activities are deterred and minimized. But what if one asset of the municipal-wide IP surveillance system fails?


Keeping a close eye doesn’t necessarily work when one eye is blind. This will cause confusion and failure to respond to emergencies in real time. This is why high uptime and reliability must be ensured.


Why High Uptime and Reliability is Important for Municipal Video Surveillance

  • Ensure emergency and quick response in real time.
  • Preserve video assets and ensure easy access to them.
  • Share real-time information virtually, and by other necessary means.
  • Protect the lives of the citizens and responding officers in any situation.
  • Increase confidence in a municipality’s ability to protect its entire community.


A municipal video surveillance system creates and fosters a safe environment for its citizens. But downtime and system failure will render it useless. It is important for the health status of the surveillance system to be monitored constantly and for contingency plans to be in place in case one system goes down.


Leverage Detect can help. Call today for a consultation.



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

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The Benefit of Real Time Video Response to Law Enforcement

With law enforcement often outnumbered by the population they need to protect, and the number of criminal activities happening in different areas at the same time or at any given time, they need all the help they can get to improve their operation and ensure the safety of everyone.


This is where real time video response can help. More eyes see firsthand any malicious activity. There are more options to respond, deter, or stop a threat altogether.


How Law Enforcement Benefits from Real Time Video Response


Improve Citizen Safety

Video surveillance installed in public areas, such as schools, parks, and other public places, help deter crimes. This results in decreased crime rate and creates a safe environment for the citizens.


If people feel safe inside and outside of their homes, their quality of life improves. A town or a municipality’s confidence in their ability to protect their citizens will also improve.


Save a Call for Service


Real time video response can be integrated with audio intervention. Using a public address system, a video surveillance operator can help prevent and deter criminal and nuisance activity.


If audio intervention works, alerting the cops to the scene will be unnecessary. Law enforcement can better focus their attention on dire situations.


Situational Awareness

During an ongoing event where police officers respond to an emergency or crime, a video operator can provide them information about things they can’t see or don’t know about.


Real time response can provide instant awareness for the responding officer, telling them where the nearest exit is, which alley is closest to where the crime is happening, where the criminal has run off to, and the like.


Ensure Safety of Responding Officers

There are cases when an officer is dispatched to the scene and will need additional assistance or backup. A surveillance system providing real time response can make that call while providing the responding officer a narrative of what is happening close and around them.


An extra pair of eyes can change the outcome of an event. More importantly, a responding officer will have the protection they need.


Virtual Interaction

Video surveillance tools can be shared with police officers so they can get the same view, content, and information of the scene in question.


Oftentimes, it is enough for details of the situation to be shared over the airwaves. But members of law enforcement have the ability to interpret a person’s reaction and body language which will aid in their assessment of the situation.


This will help responding officers to make better decisions when they move in on a scene, apprehend a criminal, or respond to a call for help.


Shorten Response Time

With pertinent details provided, emergency responders can make the best decisions as quickly as possible. As simple as providing details of the traffic situation will help get them to the scene quickly.


As soon as responders reach a different jurisdiction, a real time video response operator can pass the information to the concerned agency and ensure continuity of the delivery of details.


With this platform, interaction and collaboration are facilitated at a high-level. Information is relayed, clearly, and directly. The possibility of misinterpretation and the amount of time needed to broadcast information is also minimized.


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

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Why a Unified Video Surveillance System Works

The importance of a unified video surveillance system cannot be emphasized enough. With CCTV footage becoming a major tool in investigations and as evidence, security cameras are more important than ever.


Cameras also serve as a deterrent.


While it is a good idea for a business to have its own video surveillance system, it will be more advantageous if they opt for a unified video surveillance system where different security systems are integrated into one and people in different areas are looking at all the footage.


With a unified video surveillance system, different agencies are integrated to enhance interoperability and to ease management and handling.


Why Does this Kind of System Work?



Better than Compartmentalized Systems 

Here’s a school facing a crisis.


It is equipped with video surveillance that records the event every second. But because the system is not connected to a security agency or a law enforcement security system, the authorities won’t have the same knowledge of what is going on in the school unless alerted to the fact.


If, however, the school’s surveillance system is linked to the municipal surveillance system, emergency response will be better informed.


Assets get Shared but Stored on Different Networks

With a unified system, the same video feed is shared among different agencies and stored in different networks. If one system is down for one reason or another, other networks will serve as a source for video assets.


In other words, if one of the cameras or systems stops working or recording, other networks will continue to work and alert concerned agencies.


Faster Deployment of First Responders

Shared video assets can improve citizen and student safety. No doubt about it.


But what is really important is that a unified video surveillance system not only shares video assets but also the responsibility of protecting citizens and students from harm.


Concerned agencies will be able to respond to emergencies immediately after seeing a live video feed.


First responders will be deployed quickly and disaster can be averted or kept to a minimum. With shared video assets, the effectiveness of first responders is significantly improved.


Why are Unified Video Surveillance Systems More Beneficial?


Continued Expansion Minus the Increased Overhead Cost

Video surveillance can be unified without the huge expense. In fact, you can preserve your existing analog investment and still expand to a unified system.


What is even better is that expanding video surveillance operations is done based on your needs. As your business grows, your security needs also grow. You then have the option to expand to a unified surveillance system according to your business growth.


In other words, a unified video surveillance system can grow with your security needs.


Access to New Technologies

You don’t need to buy new technologies in order to expand your video surveillance system. Leverage Detect has the capacity and knowledge to integrate your system with other agencies, using the right technologies.


A school’s surveillance can be linked to the police department or the traffic agency for in order to achieve unified surveillance. Leverage Detect can help you do this.


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

How Proactive Response Helps with Public Safety

No one wants to feel unsafe in their own neighborhood. And no one wants visitors to feel uneasy when visiting an area they are not familiar with. Talk spreads fast about the security of a particular location, and negative reactions aren’t helped by reports of crime and other dangerous acts occurring in certain places. Public safety surveillance systems can show that there are those who care what happens in their municipality.



Local residents and visitors deserve to feel safe no matter where they are. Public safety should be a top priority for officials. A safe community encourages residents to stay and invites businesses to open. It is possible to achieve a safe and secure neighborhood with public safety surveillance.



The presence of surveillance systems makes it easier for officers to respond proactively to situations. People caught smoking in a park that prohibits it can be warned simply through audio rather than having an officer respond to the situation. Suspects in a robbery have a greater chance of being apprehended if public safety surveillance systems are installed that track their movement.



Disruptions are a part of everyday life, but should be addressed when it threatens public safety. And having several surveillance systems installed can help officers respond in a proactive manner.


Public Safety Surveillance Systems


Knowing that someone is watching gives both residents and visitors confidence in a community. Sharing these resources with law enforcement also helps minimize crime and other untoward behavior.



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

Best Practices for Surveillance and Security

Security camera systems have embraced internet connection. And given that many web-related services have reported troubles with cyber attacks in recent years, it makes sense for security operators to come up with best practices for surveillance camera systems. Not only that, security staff should also think about applying certain practices to physical security for better overall protection.



Keep Up to Date on Cyber Security News


To be very specific: both the good and the bad news. Paying attention to the good news gives new ideas on how to make security better. On the other hand, listening to the bad news helps address security concerns as early as possible.



Security systems cannot afford to be plagued by cyber security attacks. While it is increasingly getting tough to defend internet-dependent systems, security staff should really make an effort.



Update Passwords Frequently


Decide on a time frame for change. Is once a week too much? Is it more convenient to update passwords once a month? What if password updates were made every quarter? These are the questions you need to ask to determine how often passwords should be changed.



Passwords should also be strong. It should be made up of a string of characters that are not easy to guess. As convenient as it is to use simple, easy-to-remember words as a password, a strong one can protect surveillance camera systems better. It will take time to set up, but it will all be worth it.



Keep Operating Systems Up to Date


Security camera systems will have an operating system and it will be susceptible to vulnerabilities, be it a Windows-, Linux-, or Mac-based system. As such, staff should be diligent in making sure security patches are installed once they are available.



Encrypt Videos


It’s always best for videos to be encrypted, whether they are in transit or stored on a disk. Doing so limits privacy risks.



Keep Security Equipment Safe


The online threats are stressful enough to think about, but you shouldn’t forget about the physical threats as well. It makes sense to keep cameras and other associated equipment in an area where it can be secured. Access to the area or room where security equipment are stored should be restricted to authorized personnel only.



Make Sure to Update Supporting Software


Aside from updating operating systems with security patches, it also helps to keep all supporting software up to date. After all, they could also serve as entry points for attacks if they carry vulnerabilities. While you can always check if there are updates, you can also make calls to the vendor in case news breaks of new cyber attacks.



The increasing amount of cyber security concerns could leave surveillance camera systems vulnerable. It would be detrimental for an organization to have security systems break down. This is why having a surveillance system shouldn’t just stop at installation – it’s a process that involves hardware, software, and physical protection as well.



Implementing – and updating – best practices for surveillance and security ensures that troubles are kept at a minimum.


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

Benefits to School District Surveillance Systems

Students should feel safe in school. It’s a place where they make and meet friends, and is a place for learning. However, the violence that has happened on campus over the years has brought to question the safety and security of schools. And in response, School district surveillance should be looked into and implemented around the country.



Is enough being done to ensure that children are being protected while at school? Installing a system of security cameras is one of the more important tools in safeguarding children while on campus. Having such a system can aid towards not only identifying potential issues, but also finding quick resolution.



The need to put up school security cameras shouldn’t just be the responsibility of individual schools. School district surveillance systems provide a better way of dealing with challenges such as violence or vandalism.



Benefits of School District Surveillance Systems


Sharing resources is always better than working in isolation. A proactive response to any situation greatly increases the chances of resolution. It also allows problem solving even without the need for police intervention. For instance, students caught smoking in a non-smoking area can be warned off through audio speaker, rather than having authorities come over to ask them to leave.



It’s not just in policing misdeeds that make school district surveillance systems useful, they are also helpful in monitoring visitors. It’s not just students that can roam a school campus – visitors are welcome as well. With security cameras installed at entrance doors, staff have a much better way of making sure visitors have been properly signed in.



School surveillance systems can also be configured to fit particular needs. This is important because security officers are often in varying places, and it helps to have a flexible system that permits that to happen.



Schools also deal with issues like vandalism. With school surveillance cameras placed in conspicuous places, the chances of such acts being committed can be greatly reduced. Many students also face harassment and having cameras in many areas helps keep them safe because authorities can address the issue at the first sign of trouble.



Public areas such as cafeterias and sports fields can also benefit from having security cameras installed. These are areas that receive a high amount of traffic, and it helps to have others watching over what’s unfolding. However, there are certain laws that govern when and where surveillance systems can be installed so it’s still best to check with the school board.



Areas that Benefit from School District Surveillance Systems


Main entrances benefit from having cameras installed because these serve as entry points and it always helps to know who has entered campus. Putting up cameras near exits also helps since they could also be potential areas where trouble may take place.



Cameras aren’t just useful for monitoring people. They can be used to protect valuables such as books and computers.



Parking areas can also benefit from having surveillance systems as it protects students and staff members as they arrive and leave the campus. Knowing that there is someone watching can also discourage break-ins and vandalism.



Students should feel safe while they are in school. And knowing that there are security cameras in many areas across campus lets them know that their school cares about their safety.


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