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Mobile surveillance fights crime in Massachusetts

HIKvision : 14 April, 2015  (Application Story)
Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts are fighting crime with the use of mobile surveillance with the help of Hikvision cameras and Eagle Eye VMS
Mobile surveillance fights crime in Massachusetts

Hikvision and Eagle Eye Networks, a cloud security camera video management system supplier, have partnered with the Lawrence, Massachusetts Police Department to create a mobile surveillance solution. Hikvision cameras installed in a police van are linked to the Eagle Eye Security Camera Video Management System (VMS) to provide high quality, secure remote access to live and recorded video. This installation allows the police to provide cutting edge video surveillance in areas that need it the most, while eliminating expensive infrastructure.

When the Lawrence Police Department noticed that the city’s unlawful activity periodically changed locations rather than remain rooted in a fixed area, they decided that a mobile unit would be the most efficient and cost-effective solution to ensure safety. The van is parked in “trouble spots” throughout the city; officers at the police station use the video feeds as a tool to monitor activity, as do patrol cars in the vicinity of where the van is parked. The ability to securely access and view video across multiple sites in a single view decreases response time for police officers in the field. East Coast Security Services Inc., a leading New England systems integrator, introduced the technology to the police department and outfitted the mobile surveillance van.

“The Lawrence Police Department needed to be able to see multiple locations on one interface and they needed to be able to share logins with several different people. We turned to the cloud-managed Eagle Eye Security Camera VMS because it was extremely easy to deploy and provided secure remote access,” explained Dennis Bouchard, director of operations of East Coast Security. “The high-quality images we get can then be retrieved via a smartphone, tablet, or web browser.”

East Coast Security selected Hikvision’s DS-2CD2112F-I dome cameras and DS-2CD2212-I5 EXIR bullet cameras for superior image quality. The 2212 model boasts infrared distance of up to 150 feet, making it an especially good fit for a van that is often used during nighttime hours.

“It’s amazing how clear the images are, even from a far distance,” reported Justin Crow, director of facilities for the Lawrence Police Department. He spoke to the van’s success, pointing to the positive response it’s garnered from the community. “The surveillance van is a very visible sign that the police are working to reduce crime in the city,” explained Mr. Crow. “It serves as a good deterrent even when it’s just driving down the street: it gets people talking. We are hoping it will help support a positive relationship with the community and lead to a lot of tip generations.”

“The Lawrence Police Department is paving the way for other communities to adopt innovative mobile surveillance to better protect their neighborhoods,” said Dean Drako, president & CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. “This is a terrific application for the Eagle Eye Networks cloud security camera system, as their video is kept private and secure while being sent directly to the cloud, and they were able to utilize their choice of cameras."

“Hikvision is committed to Safe Cities all across North America, and we’re thrilled to hear that the mobile solution in Lawrence has benefitted so much from Hikvision products,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. “Hikvision is at the leading edge when it comes to integrating with cloud based software and other state-of-the-art surveillance technology. We are proud to support the ingenuity of integrators and end-users who are working to transform modern security.”

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