Axis partners with City of Houston to secure Super Bowl LIVE and downtown attractions
“We needed to augment and support our existing network. Situational awareness is vital. These camera views increase our capabilities as first responders and help determine what resources are needed in any given situation.” Jack Hanagriff, Law Enforcement Liaison, City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.
With over one million people expected through downtown for Super Bowl LIVE, the City of Houston needed to upgrade its existing camera system to address the needs of law enforcement in the area. A number of moving and temporary structures created a chaotic deployment while wireless interference throughout downtown was an issue in streaming the camera data back to the City’s two primary command posts, the Real Time Crime Center and Emergency Operations Center.
The City of Houston utilized a selection of Axis network cameras, including PTZ, thermal and flexible options to cover all bases. Streaming through a combination of fiber and wireless provided by Verizon Wireless and Siklu respectively, the City was able to gather data at a fluid pace and keep alert as needed in case of incidents.
A wide selection of government and local agencies used the overall camera system for their own needs. These included police, fire, Emergency Management and transportation entities. A successful event overall for the City of Houston, the cameras and partner network added a necessary tool with analytics that not only provided assistance and support for ground operations surrounding this event but laid out the platform for continued advancement of technology use in the City for general safety needs.