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The President, the Park Police and Axis: Inauguration Day 2013
United States Park Police focuses Axis network cameras on high-target areas to expand situational awareness
“Leveraging the Axis cameras was just one of those nobrainer force multipliers. They not only gave us overall situational awareness, but we were able to surgically focus on specific areas of potential risk.“ Major David Mulholland, Commander of Technical Services for the United States Park Police.
The 2013 Presidential Inauguration presented an extremely target-rich environment for anyone bent on disruption. Turnout was expected to exceed 800,000 attendees, including the President of the United States, the Vice President, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress and a host of visiting heads of state. To adequately protect such a large crowd with a comparatively small number of law enforcement personnel, the United States Park Police (USPP) turned to advanced HDTV-quality network cameras to deliver precision situation awareness throughout the day’s activities.
The USPP deployed advanced AXIS Q6032-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras and 1080p HDTV-quality AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras to provide tactical surveillance of the Presidential Reviewing Stand and parade route. Streaming video was also shared live with more than 30 supporting public safety agencies involved in the day’s events to augment their own surveillance efforts.
The responsive and precise pan/tilt/zoom capabilities of the cameras and extended day/night resolution of the video provided the USPP with critical situation awareness from predawn hours through sunset when the festivities finally concluded. While close to one million people watched the President officially take office, the US Park Police watched their backs to ensure this major event stayed uneventful.