Cooling down hotspots with Axis and unique SkyWatch mobile surveillance solution

Glenwood PD mobilizes a roving security zone for high-crime neighborhoods with portable Axis/SkyWatch camera system

“If we detect a cluster of crimes in an area or get complaints from residents about kids hanging out and being disorderly, that’s where I move the cameras. It frees up a lot of manpower because I don’t have to concentrate patrol officers in a particular neighborhood.” Chief Demetrius Cook of the Glenwood Police Department.


Like many small town police departments, the Village of Glenwood needed to squeeze every ounce of value from its law enforcement tools to maintain the safety of its neighborhoods. Since the community’s budget couldn’t absorb the cost of city-wide surveillance, the Chief of Police sought a solution that would help Glenwood PD monitor neighborhood hot spots without monopolizing resources needed to patrol elsewhere in the village.


Critical Technology Solutions, an IT integrator and Axis partner, provided Glenwood with a portable SkyWatch system that could be easily trailered from one hotspot to another to mitigate violence and crime. The unit features HDTV-quality Axis fixed dome and PTZ network cameras elevated on a 30-foot telescoping mast to create a 360° view. The video is stored on a server inside the compact chassis of the unit and controlled by Milestone XProtect® video management system. A high-powered 802.11 WiFi antenna enables the video to be streamed wirelessly to authorized laptops and iPads in the field as well as back to police headquarters. The SkyWatch trailer also contains a public address system with siren and lights that allows remote PD staff to warn suspicious individuals.


In addition to preventing the annual end-of-the-schoolyear brawl that typically took place in the local park, the portable surveillance system has been used to reduce crime at Wal-Mart during the holiday rush, discourage drug dealers from congregating in residential areas and maintain crowd safety during the community’s popular Fourth of July celebration at the village’s golf course.

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