With a city-wide HD surveillance system connecting the two organizations, the City of Selma can ensure greater coverage and overall protection across the municipality. "Now, if the SPD receives a report from GWC, officers can review the surveillance footage in real-time to determine what resources are needed before dispatching an officer," says Lola Rogers, SHA director. "The result is faster and more effective crime management and prevention."
Market Focus: Municipal Security HD Surveillance in Alabama City of Selma deploys upgraded system H ome to the largest historic district in the State of Alabama, the City of Selma is the regional retail, med- ical, employment and cultural center for more than 80,000 people. A progressive community that is proud of its history and excited about its future, the city is dedicated to providing the amenities, services and programs required to create a comfortable and thriving community in which to live and work. Also committed to ensuring the safety of its residents, busi- nesses, and visitors, the City of Selma has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at its City Hall, Selma Police Department (SPD) and Selma Housing Authority (SHA) in the first phase of its plan to improve public safety and reduce criminal activity across the region. “Community safety is our primary goal and we are committed The City of Selma’s Public Safety Building/Police Headquarters was one of many to be equipped with an HD surveillance system from Avigilon. to doing whatever is required to help us make our city a safer place to live, work and visit,” says Mayor George Patrick Evans. Visit www.securityinfowatch.com/ste/einquiry and select einquiry #219 for more information SECURITY TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE • August 2010 71 Market Focus: Municipal Security In the past, the SDP responded to count- less reports of criminal activity and civil disobedience from parts of the city, includ- ing at the SHA George Washington Carver (GWC) complex. After a preliminary review of the city’s security environment, city offi- cials realized that more could be done to improve community safety. “By deploying the surveillance system at police headquar- ters and GWC, we have taken the first steps in boosting safety and reducing criminal activity in our community,” Evans says. With the assistance of Blackbelt Technologies, a local telecommunications, security and management services firm, The city has installed an HD camera to monitor activity at the Mayor’s Office at City Hall. the City of Selma began to look for a sur- to replace the system,” Wiley says. “The Because the system is so much easier veillance solution that was robust, easy to system has enabled us to build a hybrid sys- to manage, maintenance costs have also operate, scalable and could easily integrate tem that leverages our existing cameras for been reduced. “If our former system failed, with the SPD’s existing analog cameras for cost-savings and major performance gains we would have to send the old CPU out for improved performance and cost savings. and will facilitate our migration to full high maintenance, so we would often be without “As a budget-driven organization, we did definition surveillance in the future.”
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