The Atlanta Police Department draws on private and public cameras to combat crime and improve emergency preparedness
MissionWith nearly half a million people, the City of Atlanta needed an affordable way to augment its citywide surveillance efforts to better protect its citizens. To support these efforts, the Atlanta Police Foundation (APF) launched Operation Shield, a video integration initiative that would pull video resources from private and public entities into a single command center. This would provide law enforcement with a more holistic real-time view of situations across the entire city. The challenge would be to devise a robust platform that could potentially scale to 10,000+ cameras employing a mix of camera brands, networks and video management systems.
SolutionAPF initially deployed 17 surveillance cameras across the downtown area. That number has since grown to over 400 of which nearly 90% are from the AXIS Q60 PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) Network Camera Series. Other city organizations like MARTA (Atlanta’s rapid transit authority), Atlanta Public School System, as well as the departments of Public Works, Watershed Management, and Aviation contribute another 4,000 cameras to the surveillance network. The biggest growth came through partnerships with other entities such as local businesses and multi-family housing properties. Using a combination of wireless mesh, fiber and 4G connections, the video streams to secure cloud storage where it can be pulled and disseminated as needed. The whole operation is integrated together through a PSIM (Physical Security Information Management System).
ResultAtlanta Police Department now has access to 24/7 surveillance throughout the city without the prohibitive cost of owning and maintaining all those cameras themselves. Private businesses, shopping malls and housing complexes that share their live video with the police department get the benefit of a more rapid, better-prepared response from emergency responders.
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AXIS Q60 PTZ Network Camera Series