Radar technology pinpoints illegal dumping

New Orleans launches Clean Up NOLA initiative using Axis network radar detectors and network cameras to curtail illegal dumping

“Radar technology gives us another layer of flexibility by allowing our PTZ cameras to serve a dual purpose for public safety and sanitation. The network radar detectors direct the cameras to view activity near chronic illegal dumping sites so that we do not miss out on any waste disposal violations.” Ross Bourgeois, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness for the city of New Orleans


Nothing blights a city like unsightly trash. When you’re a tourist magnet like New Orleans, the clean-up challenge is compounded by hundreds of thousands of visitors pouring into the city annually. While the city’s Sanitation Department was doing an admirable job sweeping up after countless parades and festivals, as well as handling regular residential and commercial refuse collection, they could do little to curtail illegal dumping. To address the problem the mayor launched Clean Up NOLA, a comprehensive, coordinated initiative to make New Orleans shine.


The Sanitation Department installed HDTV-resolution Axis pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras at 10 locations they had identified as chronic illegal dumping sites. Several of the cameras are integrated with AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detectors that automatically direct the cameras to automatically track the vehicle or person that has triggered an alert. When the cameras aren’t recording a sanitation crime, they operate as regular public safety cameras, augmenting the canopy of coverage managed by the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at the city’s Real Time Crime Center.


The Axis network radar detector technology gives New Orleans the ability to use the Sanitation Department cameras more flexibly, doubling the city’s return on investment. Indisputable video evidence of illegal dumping enables the city to collect hefty fines from offenders. When not being triggered to record illegal dumping, those same cameras are helping to increase public safety by providing the Real Time Crime Center with other views of the surrounding thoroughfares and public spaces.

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AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector
Learn more about the New Orleans Real Time Crime Center
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