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The City of Haverhill had an outdated camera system made up of products from various manufacturers, none of which were providing the Police Department with usable images or consistent coverage without issue. When an incident occurred in a local park during which video from a short distance away could not show any useful information to investigators, city officials deemed it necessary to procure a new solution.
Staff with the city called on Axis Communications' partner SideBand Systems, to come in and overhaul not only the camera system but also the networks that go with it. SideBand brought a high efficiency wireless network to the city to go with a fiber backbone, and cameras were and continue to be replaced on an ongoing basis with Axis network cameras streamed through Milestone XProtect video management solution. The City of Haverhill needed a multitude of cameras for varying sites, like roadways, intersections, department facilities, the main police building, and parks among others.
All entrances by roadway in and out of Haverhill are covered in case of incident so that police can track traffic and identify any vehicle that comes or goes through the city. A prisoner transport van is wired with an AXIS F41 Main Unit and AXIS F1035-E Sensor Units that record all action when the vehicle is in use both inside and out. A separate mobile command unity uses an AXIS P1357 Network Camera on its 40-foot boom for additional security
The city relies on the Milestone system as they monitor building cameras internally but primarily depend on the city cameras for reactive use. Administrators have access to Milestone Mobile to easily check in on cameras from phones and tablets remotely. An additional piece to the security puzzle for Haverhill police were spaces in their main building. Jail cells and the evidence room utilize AXIS M1124 while hallways, the sally port and fingerprint areas deploy AXIS P3367-VE for high resolution views with opportunity to grow down the line.
Police in Haverhill continue to be impressed not only with the clarity of the video that they are receiving but also with the consistency and reliability of the network overall. While before officers may have overlooked potential video evidence with fear that it did not exist or would not be clear enough, they now jump first to the video system to seek footage for reports and to solve any issues.
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