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Virtual Police continues to be a large factor in the security cameras for home owners and businesses.

A South Pasadena homeowner installed security cameras just in time to capture close-ups of intruders Tuesday inside the residence.

Three men broke into the home in the 1200 block of Via Del Rey by climbing over a side gate and smashing through a sliding door at the rear of the property. The men are not in the house for long — the break-in triggered an alarm.

Security camera video shows one of the men looking around with a flashlight. At one point, he appears to look at the camera, one of several installed just a few days before the break-in, as he shines the light in its direction.

It was not immediately clear whether any items were stolen.

 

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Mobotix Hemispheric Technology

MOBOTIX Hemispheric Technology Secures Laurel School District, Mississippi

In addition to the MOBOTIX camera network, the school also has installed a MOBOTIX T25, an IP video door station
MOBOTIX hemispheric technology gives wider areas of view, while reducing camera counts

Laurel School District is home to more than 3,200 students and five school facilities. It is the public school district for the city of Laurel, Mississippi, an area known for oak-lined streets and turn-of-the-century architecture. Located in Southeast Mississippi, the city was founded after significant growth in the timber industry. It eventually became a large milling town, but a new industry formed in 1942 when oil was found. Today, more than 150 companies provide regional service for oil and gas drillers in the Laurel area.

School Security Challenge

Laurel School District previously installed analog cameras to help monitor activity and enhance security across its district facilities. As the analog cameras began reaching end of life, the school turned to an integrator to assist in the migration of its video camera network to an IP-based solution.

We were interested in moving to IP because we have more options with image clarity and functionality,” said Jeff Davis, Technology Coordinator, Laurel School District.  “Another driver was a renovation of one of our schools, which was built in the 1920s. We decided to install analog devices in that school, and since it was designed as a closed-concept building with lots of corners and hidden spots, the cost of pulling and installing cable was quite high. This propelled us to look at an IP solution that could leverage our network infrastructure.”

The school sought out new camera technology for another important reason: Its analog system failed to see an incident at one of the schools because it did not have visibility into a particular corner of the facility. As a result, the school district was especially interested in MOBOTIX technologies because hemispheric technology would enable it to gain wider areas of view, while reducing camera counts.

We quickly realized that one MOBOTIX camera could replace four traditional cameras, which led to significant cost savings,”

Immediate Reduction In Hardware Investments

We quickly realised that one MOBOTIX camera could replace four traditional cameras, which led to significant cost savings,” Davis said. “Furthermore, the video quality is far more exceptional, and we can see in four different directions with the Q25. There was no contest when we compared MOBOTIX against other cameras.

Because of the immediate reduction in hardware investments, getting approval for the new system from school administrators was an easy task, Davis said. Administrators applauded the immediate and long-term cost savings as well as the enhanced image quality delivered by MOBOTIX. School officials also were focused on being proactive — adding cameras before a security breach could occur — rather than being reactive, and were willing to support the project 100 percent because of this mission.

The initial installation consisted of adding 18 Q25 cameras to cover high-traffic areas such as building entrances and exits, reception areas, main foyers, halls and gyms. There is an additional high-traffic area at one of the district’s high schools: Students walk from the parking lot at the school, across the street to the field house where sports activities take place. One Q25 helps school administrators monitor traffic in this area, which sees hundreds of students walking to and from each day. It also is useful during sporting events such as football games, which are very popular in the area.

This project demonstrates that it is possible for schools of any size to leverage the capabilities of a MOBOTIX video surveillance system

The MOBOTIX camera network, which is managed through MxEasy software, delivers excellent imagery while using significantly less network bandwidth and storage than comparable devices. MxEasy allows administrators to control up to 16 cameras through an intuitive interface. In fact, the software’s inherent simplicity was a key requirement for the school. It only takes a few minutes to find footage, and users can easily view four different video scenes on one monitor. Additionally, all of the camera settings, including zoom, brightness, volume, microphone sensitivity and storage requirements, can be controlled through this powerful software package.

Improving Student Safety And Behavior

The primary goal of Laurel School District’s new surveillance solution is to improve the safety of students and staff, but it has also helped correct student behavior. Recently, there was an incident of theft, resulting in students pointing fingers at each other. Recorded video footage was pulled from the MOBOTIX system and showed exactly what occurred, enabling officials to ensure the correct student was held accountable.

In addition to the MOBOTIX camera network, the school also has installed aMOBOTIX T25, an IP video door station with an integrated 5 megapixel hemispheric camera, to help control access at one of its schools. Officials also plan to add more devices in the near future. Right now, the T25 is used to monitor access to the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program to ensure only authorized individuals and parents gain access. Now, the school district plans to add additional T25s, starting at its elementary school.

Another benefit of the school’s T25 is the mobile capabilities delivered by the MOBOTIX App. Security officers can leverage their mobile devices to open the door for visitors, see live video of those trying to gain access and access alarm information.

The installation at Laurel School District is a great example of the cost efficiencies derived from the MOBOTIX approach to surveillance, which highlights the benefits of on-board storage, hemispheric technology, mobile capabilities and ease-of-use,” said Tommy James, Security Consultant, All Safe Technologies. “This project demonstrates that it is possible for schools of any size to leverage the capabilities of a MOBOTIX video surveillance system while meeting budget requirements. Additionally, the system provides the school district with the foundation that can grow as it grows.

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Mobotix in Pompeii

Virtual Police Pompeii

MX Success Story: UNESCO World heritage Pompeii protected by MOBOTIX

Pompeii is a world-famous ancient Roman city near modern Naples that was destroyed and buried under volcanic ash when the Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as well as the many wealthy villas in the area. These have been progressively excavated and made accessible to the public since the mid-18th century. The vast expanse of the commercial town of Pompei contrasts with the smaller but better-preserved remains of the holiday resort of Herculaneum, while the superb wall paintings of the Villa Oplontis at Torre Annunziata give a vivid impression of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthier citizens of the Early Roman Empire.

To protect the extraordinarily well-preserved artifacts and decorated surfaces and to prevent potential damage caused by the 2.5 million visitors every year, over 380 MOBOTIX dual-dome cameras were installed at the inner heart of this archaeological site.

MOBOTIX won over all other technologies, especially because of the unrivaled image quality and the decentralized system structure which results in less network infrastructure and a reduction of the overall system costs.

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Manatee County surveillance cameras

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Manatee County is taking steps to secure its buildings, maintaining hundreds of cameras and hours upon hours of video. County commissioners got an update on the camera surveillance program during this week’s workshop.

“In this society we have to make sure that our citizens are as safe as can be,” said Commissioner Robin DiSabatino.  She is speaking about their surveillance camera program, which monitors many of their government buildings. The county currently has more than 650 cameras in operation — most of them are for security at the jail.

“As you know, the sheriff has the bulk of the cameras in his facilities — the jail, the court house and this center over there in DeSoto,” said DiSabatino.

But pretty soon that could change, as there is a proposal in the works to add an additional 285 cameras.  If approved, the new cameras will be added in places like area parks, bus stations and various utility buildings.

The move is being met with mixed feelings.

“I personally don’t have a problem with it. I think it will just increase the public safety for all of us who live in Manatee County,” said resident Carmen Creed.

But Ralph Barnette disagrees, saying that “Adding additional security cameras is a little overboard, and I think the county has more pressing things to do with its money.”

It currently cost the county $575 a year to maintain each camera. Adding the additional cameras to the current fleet will increase the cost for the camera surveillance program from $542,000 a year to $628,000.

DiSabatino says there is also concern about storage and monitoring the video that is recorded.

“Of course, we are weighing the cost versus the benefit and also the amount of storage and capacity is always a problem.”

This was the first of several workshops on the county’s surveillance camera program.  Officials are expected to make a final decision on how to proceed as they finalize the budget.

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Virtual Police in Costa Rica

Virtual Police in Costa Rica

It is amazing to be able to travel to so many beautiful places.  Costa Rica is at the top of our list for sure. Virtual Police is the perfect solution for the petty theft that happens in Costa Rica. Having 5 mega pixel views from Mobotix Cameras and Access Control by Kaba Embedded systems is a great solution in Costa Rica.

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Police Want Local Businesses To Join Virtual Security Network

Police Want Local Businesses To Join Virtual Security Network

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Security System with a Camera

Security System with a Camera

AUSTIN (KXAN) – One Austin homeowner is thankful his security system has a camera after it helped him get his daughter’s bike back. Craig Buesing was working in the office of his Avery Ranch home Sunday afternoon when someone went inside his garage. The security camera picked it up and alerted him.

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“When I looked up, I saw a kid in the garage getting on my daughter’s bicycle,” said Buesing. “[So I] ran out the door as fast as I could — barely caught him in time.”

The two wrestled in the street before the thief was able to get away, but Buesing was able to retrieve the bike. Buesing believes the thief is a teenager who lives in the neighborhood. He has filed a police report with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators told Buesing the suspect could face felony charges if he is caught.

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Virtual Police Fresno California

Security at all middle and high schools in Fresno is expected to get tighter. Fresno Unified School District will be installing $3.5 million in security cameras and new lighting at the schools.

The Fresno Unified School Board gave final approval for the project at it’s meeting Wednesday night. In December of 2013, Fresno Police officers rushed to Edison High School’s campus after a teacher is shot. Administrators and detectives frantically searched for the suspects, relying on witnesses’ information and only grainy security camera footage. Now, Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson says they’ll have better tools on their side to keep students and staff safe.

Hanson said, “These are learning environments. These are central hubs for the community, these are to be valued and celebrated and we’re going to protect that.”

Hanson announced the district’s $3.5 million investment in 900 high definition security cameras that will be installed at all 30 middle and high schools. All of Fresno Unified’s high schools will also be getting new lighting.

Hanson said, “Next, we will be moving into our parking lots and exterior lighting at the high schools and moving to LED lighting upgrades. This will be better, sharper, clearer lighting and it will cost less.”

The upgrades hope to be a vast improvement to the school’s existing security systems and be a new tool for the district’s off-hours dispatch system and Fresno Police.

Several schools, including Ahwahnee Middle School, were the targets of thieves over winter break, with most of the suspects smashing windows and doors to get to tablets and laptops.

Hanson said, “Very clearly from Fresno Unified we want everyone to know – thieves beware.”

Hanson says the new system hopes to deter crime and even prevent fights on campus.

Hanson explained, “A fight in a quad at lunch time with lots of kids around and nobody knows who started it well, go look at the tape.”

Some students are wary that the cameras will be overused and could interfere with their privacy. Most of them and parents say the new security measures are welcome on campus.

Johnny Canales, Sunnyside High School student said, “For break-ins it’s good here in Fresno. It’s crazy. It’s going to help out a lot.”

Consuelo Saldana, a parent, said, “I think it’s good. I think all schools should have it because there’s too much vandalism and there’s a lot of things that go on they need to check on.”

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Virtual Police Atlanta MARTA

Virtual Police Atlanta MARTA

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is Atlanta’s state-of-the-art public transportation system. MARTA’s mission is to provide our customers with the highest level of safe, clean, reliable, and affordable transportation. Welcome aboard! We hope you enjoy the ride.

The MARTA hosts over 500,000 passengers each day in Atlanta.

Virtual Police Atlanta MARTA

MARTA LAUNCHES CUTTING-EDGE VEHICLE CAMERA SYSTEM PROGRAM TO AID SECURITY ON BUSES, TRAINS AND MOBILITY VANS

In keeping with its core mission of providing our customers with the safest transit system possible, MARTA today officially launched a pilot program of buses equipped with surveillance cameras that will later be expanded to its entire fleet of passenger vehicles.

Seven buses on randomly chosen routes have cameras strategically positioned on the interior and exterior to record high-quality video and audio. Each bus has 11 cameras; three outside and eight inside. There’s also a 17-inch, full-color monitor mounted behind the driver that lets customers view themselves and their surroundings in real-time.

The Vehicle Security Camera System will capture and store images, audio and vehicle data that can help MARTA Police investigate crimes and which could prove useful in resolving customer complaints and settling accident claims.

“MARTA is dedicated to ensuring that all reasonable measures are taken to secure the safety of customers and employees,” said MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham. “We are confident that this investment will provide an additional layer of protection and will act as a highly visible deterrent against operator assaults, crime and acts of terror.”

The MARTA Board of Directors approved the $17 million system last year. Recently, however, the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded MARTA with a $9 million grant that will help defray the cost. The grant is part of the “See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign sponsored by DHS to counter terrorist attacks and other criminal activity nationwide.

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Mobotix Mx Multiviewer

Mobotix Mx Multiviewer

Coming Soon  !!  Virtual Police has the beta version of the Mobotix Mx-Multiviewer and is a part of the quality control team with Mobotix.  So far we are very impressed with this new upgrade or replacement of the MX Control Center.

Main Functions

The Mx Multiviewer is a video management software with a focus on a simple and intuitive interface. Full screen display of a camera via mouse click , multi-monitor support, a clear representation of events and alarms, the control of door stations as well as the execution of many actions by “drag and drop” are just some examples of the many program functions. Particularly noteworthy is the easy configuration of the Mx Multiviewer.

Main Functions

Out of the above already mentioned many possibilities for viewing and control of cameras and door stations of your video surveillance system, the most important functions already implemented in the beta version are the following ones:

  • Addition of an unlimited number of cameras.
  • Touchscreen-optimized operation.
  • Camera groups with representation in Grid and Graphic Views.
  • Grid Views with a focus window and many controls.
  • Quick display of particular cameras in the focus window by “drag and drop” from the camera bar.
  • Graphic Views with freely definable symbols, “soft buttons” used to execute any URL, and live windows.
  • Quick switching between Grid- and Graphic-Views.
  • Optical and audible alarming of new events.
  • Quick switching to the Playback-View to allow playback of events and continuous recordings.
  • A Mini Player that allows for quick viewing of the latest events during live video monitoring operation.
  • A special Research View for easy viewing of a large number of events.
  • Easy use of multiple monitors by double-clicking on the live image, grid or event image.
  • A camera sequencer.
  • Door-station functions (Intercom, open door, turn light on/off, etc.)
  • Changing the camera configuration settings.
  • Data export.
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