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Know what’s just as important as having a pair of human eyes monitoring all the glorious footage a good security camera system produces? Maintenance! See this story out of Cleveland, Ohio, about the problems their public transportation agency is having with broken cameras. (Spoiler: Don’t miss the year-and-a-half waiting time for repair.)
A surveillance camera system is only as good as the people behind it, as this Los Angeles Times story about the teenage boy who stowed away on a flight to Hawaii attests. Your resolution can be sharp as a brand-new Ginsu blade, your zoom can be as powerful as a subatomic microscope, your cameras can number in the thousands… none of it matters if there’s no human on hand to take control of a situation.
See this excerpt below and read the full story here.
“Another concern, Jenkins said, was why the teenager wasn’t stopped after airport security cameras caught him hopping the fence.
‘If he was on the camera, why wasn’t there a response? Was no one watching the monitors?” Jenkins asked. “The first question will be, gee, the cameras work, the response didn’t. Was it just missed and they went back and searched through that time frame and, oops, there he is?'”
From Jakarta, Indonesia comes news that Panasonic is targeting a 20% increase in sales in that country, fueled by a rising middle class and sales of, among many other items, security cameras.
The University of Kentucky is ramping up its use of surveillance cameras to catch criminals in the act and, hopefully, prevent crimes from occurring in the first place. The results have been positive so far, with the bonus of not having to hire any more campus police officers.
New on ExacqVision’s latest video management system (VMS) software is the SpeedSearch feature, which makes searching for individual frames in a video much easier.
Panasonic showcased some of its new security/surveillance technology at this year’s International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West). Check out some of the products and solutions displayed this year.
Take a look at Panasonic’s new, clearer, faster network camera system in this announcement from March 4. Includes pricing and model numbers and detailed product descriptions.
From the summary:
“Panasonic today announced the availability of the first four indoor dome network cameras in its new industry-leading 6 Series i-PRO camera platform featuring its next-generation UniPhier processor.”
“One of the officials likened the situation to a 911 call but police not knowing what address to go to.”
The value of a good phone system and a good emergency plan cannot be understated. Strong and secure communication lifelines are vital in the all-too-common crazed lone gunman scenario as well as in natural disasters like fires and earthquakes.
Detroit will be adding cameras to its buses in an effort to increase passenger and operator security in the wake of the cash-strapped city’s cutbacks in public safety expenditures.