ASIS 2010 Video: Inside Dallas P.D.'s Video Surveillance Operations Center

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The Dallas Police Department's outdoor video surveillance system is considered one of the most successful deployments of an IP-based mesh wireless network for urban security. Its vendor, Firetide, claims it is the largest all-wireless city surveillance network in the U.S. Security Squared accompanied attendees on their visit to the department's video surveillance operations center at Dallas City Hall, part of the program at the 2010 ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits.

Sony and Panasonic digital pan-tilt-zoom cameras, along with power units and antennas, are mounted on streetlight and traffic signal poles. The cameras cover downtown and the outlying areas of Uptown, Jubilee Park and Jefferson Boulevard. The mesh wireless system permits both redundancy and efficient use of radio bandwidth by balancing load intelligently among the many routers and nodes of the network. Video is managed by an OnSSI Ocularis system.

The DPD credits the network as instrumental in reducing street crime, vandalism, street-corner drug dealing, loitering and prostitution. In addition to comments from DPD Capt. J.R. Bragge and Sgt. Rosalind Perry, our video shows examples of the Dallas cameras catching a car break-in and mugging. In both cases the video led to arrests. Our video also includes a look at how Lextech Labs technology is pushing surveillance video to iPads and iPhones.

The DPD says the surveillance cameras have resulted in more than 2,100 arrests in 2010 alone. Overall crime has dropped 35 percent in the downtown area, and 59 percent in the Jubilee Park neighborhood since 2007, the year the first cameras came on line.


The Dallas Police Department's outdoor video surveillance system is considered one of the most successful deployments of an IP-based mesh wireless network for urban security. Its vendor, Firetide, claims it is the largest all-wireless city surveillance network in the U.S. Security Squared accompanied attendees on their visit to the department's video surveillance operations center at Dallas City Hall, part of the program at the 2010 ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits.

Sony and Panasonic digital pan-tilt-zoom cameras, along with power units and antennas, are mounted on streetlight and traffic signal poles. The cameras cover downtown and the outlying areas of Uptown, Jubilee Park and Jefferson Boulevard. The mesh wireless system permits both redundancy and efficient use of radio bandwidth by balancing load intelligently among the many routers and nodes of the network. Video is managed by an OnSSI Ocularis system.

The DPD credits the network as instrumental in reducing street crime, vandalism, street-corner drug dealing, loitering and prostitution. In addition to comments from DPD Capt. J.R. Bragge and Sgt. Rosalind Perry, our video shows examples of the Dallas cameras catching a car break-in and mugging. In both cases the video led to arrests. Our video also includes a look at how Lextech Labs technology is pushing surveillance video to iPads and iPhones.

The DPD says the surveillance cameras have resulted in more than 2,100 arrests in 2010 alone. Overall crime has dropped 35 percent in the downtown area, and 59 percent in the Jubilee Park neighborhood since 2007, the year the first cameras came on line.


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