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Security is only the first step
The city of Huancayo is using Axis cameras to improve the flow of traffic during peak times and to monitor illegal commerce, urban growth and environmental damage
“The current city administration, led by its mayor, Dr. Alcides Chamorro Balvin, has a mission to make Huancayo a safe and modern city through the extensive use of ITC in all areas of our city. In order to achieve this, we will expand the video surveillance system and, in addition to citizen safety, will encompass urban development, transit and transportation, socioeconomic development, and the protection of our environment.” Engineer Roberto Tejada, Assistant Director of Information Technology and Communications (ITC) for the Provincial Municipality of Huancayo.
Huancayo is the most important city in Peru’s central highlands, situated south of Mantaro Valley and approximately 185 miles from Lima. The primary goals of the current city government are the prevention of criminal activity and curbing the rise in incidents occurring in the surrounding area, such as the acts of kidnappers, extortionists and hired killers. For these reasons, a public investment initiative was established including the installation of an innovative video surveillance system for monitoring – in its first stage – the most vulnerable areas of the city based on a crime map.
With the goal of starting down the road to establishing a sustainable smart city, Huancayo acquired a total of 50 Axis cameras, the majority of which are AXIS Q6045-E PTZ Mk II Network Cameras that provide wide-area, high-detail coverage. Some of the cameras integrated into the system are AXIS Q6000-E models that offer a fixed 360-degree view, while the PTZ can search out scene details with its zoom capability. This combination is supplemented with AXIS Q6114-E Network Cameras. The project was implemented by the integrator TACTICAL IT, using software from Intelligent Security Systems (ISS).
Within the first few months of the project’s startup, it exceeded the client’s expectations in regards to the cameras’ coverage and excellent image quality on even the darkest of streets. This has enabled rapid response and also the prevention of incidents, optimizing the work of the video surveillance monitoring center with the ability to provide 24-hour tracking as a result of the images captured by the cameras. Monitoring personnel were able to get up to speed quickly on the functionality of the new cameras coupled with SecurOS software from ISS that has created an intuitive, easy-to-use management platform.