Police response in real time

The city of San Miguel, in Argentina, adopted an intelligent video surveillance system that includes the reading of vehicle license plates to prevent and solve crimes

“Its robustness, durability, and Zipstream compression technology were key reasons why we chose Axis for this project; it offered greatly improved technical performance compared to the previous system.” Juan José Esper, Secretary of Public Safety in San Miguel.


The camera system that the city of San Miguel used to support its mission of citizen safety and security was obsolete. Security forces needed information on events in real time in order to adequately coordinate the deployment of security personnel on the ground. Such a system would allow them to respond as incidents were occurring and quickly restore residents’ sense of tranquility. Because the existing system had quickly become obsolete, the goal was to acquire a new system that could easily be kept up to date.


The best option to enable faster police response was an intelligent urban video surveillance system based on Axis network cameras and offering video analytics. Thanks to the project implemented by Exanet, the city now has more than 300 devices throughout its urban area integrated into Milestone’s XProtect® VMS. This system allows local security forces to operate in an optimal fashion. Video surveillance is now part of the local “Crime Prevention Operational Plan,” which consists of real-time monitoring from the Municipal Operations Center to detect suspicious scenarios and check license plates—one of the project’s biggest technological successes. The investment took into account not only the immediate benefits of intelligent security management but also the financial savings the system represents over the long term.


All this was possible thanks to the implementation of license plate reading (LPR) using Axis cameras. This system improved the response capacity of city police by specifying the location of incidents and scanning the area using nearby cameras to detect perpetrators. These images have even served as forensic evidence in criminal investigations, identifying the people and vehicles involved and helping to provide a clearer picture of the situation.

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