Houston has deployed Firetide’s wireless mesh network as part of an initiative to improve public safety in the downtown area.
The network is a communications foundation that connects IP video cameras, located at 134 traffic intersections, allowing first responders in Houston to centrally monitor activity in the downtown area from a 24-hour-per day command center, says Firetide.
With the ability to view live video feeds, the network increases the speed at which officers are dispatched to where they are needed, Firetide says. Video feeds are also stored and can be used as effective evidence in court, reducing time and expense for prosecuting cases, saving taxpayer dollars, the firm says.
Julie Stroup, the project’s manager, led Houston’s “Public Safety Video Initiative,” and the initiative’s team is comprised of vendor specialists in the areas of network architecture and engineering, video system subject matter; and integration component configuration and installation, as well as the Houston Police Department video system manager.
That multi-disciplinary team, worked closely with Firetide’s engineering staff, to develop the network infrastructure that is independent of Houston’s existing voice and data networks to best protect the integrity of all networks, the company says.
“Houston’s public safety project highlights the need for cities across the nation to embrace and harness technology as a way to cost effectively improve community safety,” said Bo Larsson, Firetide’s CEO. “We’re proud to have been selected as the building block for the City’s communications network and look forward to supporting them as they expand its use.”
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The city-wide camera network provides live video feeds to a central command center that is operational 24 hours per day