A properly implemented city-wide surveillance system is first and foremost a unified system.

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DETECT can be configured to protect any of the individual entities that make up a municipality — park services, schools, libraries, transportation systems, traffic, hospitals, power plants, water supply, waste management, and law enforcement.

But when these divisions choose to collaborate on video surveillance and pool their resources to create a unified system, that’s when it becomes truly mission essential. Instead of a single police department purchasing surveillance for the entire city, the budgets for each individual contributing agency are added in to cover the cost of an integrated system, yielding more assets overall while streamlining management and maintenance.

Does geography play a role in Municipal Video Surveillance Systems?

A significant challenge for any Municipal Video Surveillance System is coverage out to the city’s boundaries. Advances in camera technology partially address this, but the most critical factor is the development of a strategic plan that anticipates extending the surveillance network as a city grows. DETECT has considerable experience assisting municipalities in the development of a strategic network plan, and asset mapping plays a critical role in our software systems.

How do School Districts play a role in Municipal Surveillance?

DETECT highly encourages discussion between schools and municipalities for a number of benefits. Firstly, working together can increase the overall network footprint. Second, public safety divisions may be able to improve their response capabilities. And third, sharing network, camera, and NVR costs means more, and better, resources for everyone.

What about Public Works or Traffic Engineering?

Extending the reach of a municipal video surveillance system depends on participation by as many departments as possible. Public Works and Traffic Engineering are two departments that may have network resources extending to locations where public safety or other departments may need visual awareness through the use of cameras.  Although the use of a surveillance camera may vary between public works and public safety, the same asset may be able to provide for the needs of both.