In order to keep a watchful eye on things, the RTR needed a way of integrating their stationary and mobile cameras to create a common operational picture, a single centralized source of real-time visual information. This annually became even more important due to a major event called the Vierdaagse, the largest public march in the world, which lasts four days.
- Milestone XProtect® open platform video management software (VMS)
- 4G Body cameras from ZEPCAM
- Stationary cameras from other manufacturers
- Bodycam images are watched live by the control room.
All video is gathered, displayed, processed, saved and passed through the Milestone video management system. The open platform enables an infrastructure that makes integrations easy for centralized overview and action.
A good example of the system’s broad utility occurred during the four-day march in 2019, when a spectator became unwell. Following a call to central control, a nearby biker with a mobile camera was dispatched to the scene and was able to send real-time video of the ailing person back to the RTR. The images were viewed by a member of the central post ambulance service, who assessed the situation and quickly dispatched transport to take the person to a hospital. Had there not been live footage available, an accurate assessment of the person’s medical condition would have been much more difficult.
Video images are stored so they can be used when investigating cases. For example, video from mobile cameras have offered supporting evidence to police when a conduct complaint has been filed against an officer following an incident. Municipalities, companies and police can share time-stamped footage when necessary for supervision, enforcement and detection.
Local authorities feel that one of the biggest advantages of the mobile video is that there’s no compromise on image quality to employ body-worn cameras in a wireless network. Wearable video technology is like a ‘third eye’ that supports the work of frontline professionals, making it safer, easier and more transparent.
Of course, the Vierdaagse is only one event. Monitoring public spaces across all of the municipalities is a daily responsibility, significantly improved by the use of fixed and mobile cameras with the open platform software of the Milestone solution.