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When Does it Make Sense to Share Video from a Private System?

Source Security brings industry professionals together in this round table to discuss how to utilize video footage extracted from private systems


More cameras today are providing more video than ever, but how much of the video is available when and how it is needed? The question often comes up when law enforcement entities are seeking to access video from private systems to help solve a crime. There are many more private video systems than public systems, but is the video available when needed? And what about privacy: In what situations is it acceptable to share private video for the public good? We took these questions to this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable. Specifically, we asked: When does it make sense to share video from private video surveillance systems with citywide systems? What are the technical and/or privacy hurdles to sharing video more widely?

David King, Senior Key Account Manager - City Surveillance & Critical Infrastructure at Milestone Systems, says: "The number-one topic in surveillance is that cities and agencies want to be able to access video and utilise cameras from the private sector. In the event of an emergency, law enforcement wants to access any video possible and bring it to their command centers so they can respond appropriately. We're working on projects in which we use a Law Enforcement Video Gateway, which is a server that is paired with a recorder at a given location. The server stores a couple of hours of video, then when either a duress button is pressed or a 911 call comes in from that location, law enforcement is granted access to the recorded and live video at the location. In respect to privacy parameters, law enforcement can only access video when an event happens. Cameras can also be designated as only available at certain times of day, or only during public events."

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Read the full roundtable discussion to learn other industry professionals' stand point here