Securing cities is a major undertaking. One of the most useful tools for this would be public surveillance. In this article, we will discuss the roles and responsibilities of people involved in running city-wide CCTV cameras.
We will discuss teams should be composed. How each of them interacts to ensure they meet the requirements. Our aim is to educate public administrators on how to integrate their city resources and work with security services here in Australia.
Places with high crowd density are prone to a lot of risks. Whether it’s a stadium, a tourist site, transport facility or street demonstrations, video surveillance is a good tool to provide safety.
Cameras can monitor the crowd. An operator can monitor all activity. He can scan the area and zoom in on any suspicious behavior. He can detect potential stampedes on crowded stadiums. He can also detect unruly demonstrators.
Once he detects something, the operator can flag it and coordinate with law enforcement. The police can immediately respond and contain the incident. Operators can monitor multiple sites using multiplexing technologies for CCTV.
One of the benefits of city-wide CCTV is fighting crime. Operators can scan important areas of the city. They can help detect crimes such as theft, robbery, etc. Once they detect these they can inform the police so they can arrest the suspect.
CCTVs can also be used in pursuing suspects in real-time. If a suspect tries to flee a crime scene, operators can pinpoint his location and guide the police.
An important thing to note is that you need to have good redundancy for storage. CCTV footage can be used for investigations and evidence for court proceedings. Investigators can tap your operators to give the footage for forensic analysis.
CCTV is an invaluable tool to monitor roads and highways. Operators can report accidents real-time. They can coordinate with law enforcement and medical support services to address these incidents.
Since information runs very fast through surveillance, city administrators can use the data to reprogram traffic lights and improve the flow of traffic. It is recommended that you have a single operations center for this. You have the operators to scan the cameras.
You have the different dispatch team: police, emergency service, traffic light management and medical service. You need to make sure you have protocols in place. You need to set up a proper escalation procedure from operator to all dispatch personnel. They need to be well-coordinated to make your response more effective.
Catch Traffic Offenders
There is advanced surveillance that allows your traffic monitoring team to catch traffic offenders fast. CCTV can be programmed to detect cars that are exceeding speed limits. This intelligent system allows the cameras to trigger the alarm for violations.
The system automatically flags the vehicle and captures the license plate. This helps reduce time for operators to manually search for the video footage. They can send the footage to your traffic management group so they can collect the penalties of the driver.