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									                                           Market Focus: Municipal Security


                                   HD Surveillance
                                       in Alabama
                                                                    City of Selma deploys upgraded system


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                                                                                                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.




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     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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