Written by Steve Lasky in SecurityInfoWatch
The Secured Cities conference, in conjunction with Security Technology Executive (STE) magazine, recognized some of the most unique and collaborative security projects in North America this past week in Houston as the Security Innovation Awards (SIA) reception was held at the Reliant Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Public Safety Sector Project: The City of Phoenix – Submitted by Milestone Systems
With a total area of over 14,500 square miles, and with a population of 4.5 million people, the Phoenix Metropolitan Area presents many law enforcement challenges. With heightened security concerns for regular large sporting and music events, Phoenix law enforcement needed a way to tie together cities and cover a large geographic area in the most efficient and reliable way possible. A unified multi-city, multi-agency video security solution best addressed the unique needs of the situation.
Working with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other funding sources, Jason Tyre, a member of the Phoenix Police Department, Homeland Defense Bureau and Arizona Counter-Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC), headed up a team that devised a comprehensive security solution using Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS) as the operation’s platform, since different versions of the VMS were already deployed at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Glendale Civic Center, and connected to various camera systems in parts of Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale.
“Law enforcement wanted to tie together the monitoring of all surrounding areas. The easiest way to do this was through the Milestone Interconnect license,” said David King, Senior Account Manager, Milestone Systems. “With Interconnect, Central Command was able to pull in video from all of the areas including Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale and incorporate it with video from the stadium, airport, and convention center — everything fed back to the command centers and the operators were looking at all the video, all in real time. We're talking something like 2,800 cameras throughout the valley.”
For facilitating a high-end video management solution that coordinated existing cameras from a variety of vendors and location, enabling teams on the ground to see and share video with their phones and tablets to take immediate action on any incident during this truly collaborative effort, this multi-city strategy led by City of Phoenix and Phoenix PD, along with Milestone, its integrator, and other vendor partners were awarded this Gold standard of excellence.
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