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Sharing videos from 370 km away
Marilia, in the interior of São Paulo state, became the first city to integrate with the state military police’s video surveillance system
“The main benefits we’ve noted with the system have be resolving police incidents, responding to traffic accidents, and supporting the fire department, in addition to social work initiatives with vagrants and homeless people who find themselves at risk.” Carlos Henrique Casarini, Director of Information Technology for the Marília municipal government.
Despite a population of 216,000 inhabitants, it was not until the end of 2014 that the city of Marilia, in São Paulo state, had any urban video surveillance system. Located nearly 450 kilometers by road from the state capital (370 km measured in a straight line), the city needed a security plan that could provide advanced technological resources at an affordable price. It wanted a system that not only offered surveillance capabilities but would also support the fight against theft and other incidents and provide information for law enforcement intelligence work. It turned out that because the city developed its system later than many other medium-sized cities, it had the opportunity to do so using 100% digital technology employing the most modern concepts in video surveillance.
Because Marilla did not have an existing fleet of analog cameras in the streets, it did not need video encoders to convert their images to a digital environment. Using the latest high resolution PTZ IP camera models allows the system to cover a much larger area with fewer cameras, reducing the infrastructure costs of the project. With this in mind, the project integrator Sillis—an Axis partner—installed only 12 AXIS Q6044-E Network Cameras at strategic points throughout the city. These cameras are connected by a fiber optic network to the central station, where they are controlled by four AXIS T8311 Joysticks. The cameras management software is provided by Genetec, another Axis partner.
In an unprecedented collaboration, the Genetec software enabled integration between local policing and the state-level São Paulo Military Police. How this works is that images produced at the Marilia Police Headquarters are transmitted in real time to COPOM—the São Paulo Military Policy Operations Center—in the capital city. Thus, Marilia became the first city to share data within the military police Intragov network.