Phoenix Police Department Protects Super Bowl XLII Crowds With Firetide Wireless Video Surveillance
Cameras and Wireless Network Function as a Police Force Multiplier
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Phoenix Police Department is watching over the safety of more than 200,000 spectators, citizens, dignitaries and U.S. officials who are visiting downtown Phoenix during the weekend of Super Bowl XLII by using a wireless video surveillance system. The Phoenix Police Department set up an ultra-fast and secure wireless network provided by Firetide Inc., a leading developer of wireless mesh and access networks. The system transports evidence-grade video from cameras in alleys, the middle of the street, and other hard-to-reach places to two operation centers. Even with fewer “boots on the ground,” the police department is able to decrease traffic congestion and reduce the risk of incident escalations.
“It has been very adaptable to many types of law enforcement activities.”
“Our Firetide wireless video surveillance system considerably increases the Phoenix Police Department’s situational awareness, response time, and ability to protect the public,” said Chris Jensen, a detective in the city’s Drug Enforcement Bureau. “Before we had this system, an incident around the corner could easily escalate into a larger problem before it was even detected. With 360-degree cameras, trained operators are able see incidents as they occur. Our Firetide video network acts as a force multiplier.”
The department has installed nearly 40 video surveillance cameras in and around downtown Phoenix. Forty Firetide mesh nodes wirelessly connect the cameras to operations centers where state, local and federal public safety agencies work together. Specially trained agents monitor the real-time video streams and coordinate responses. The police department uses Firetide’s top-of-the-line HotPort® 6000 mesh nodes together with the company’s HotView Pro™ management software to control the network. Avrio Group, a Firetide Premier Partner and supplier of IP-based surveillance solutions, designed the network and collaborated with the police department’s technical personnel on the installation.
“Our Firetide mesh network has proven effective in our major investigations and now has become a quick security solution for major events,” said Lieutenant Vincent J. Piano, Jensen’s commanding officer in the city’s Drug Enforcement Bureau. “It has been very adaptable to many types of law enforcement activities.”
The Phoenix Police Department has used a Firetide wireless video surveillance network since the summer of 2006 to support covert operations during a serial crime spree and has used it in numerous other investigations. As a result, the police department was familiar with Firetide’s exceptional ability to reliably distribute real-time, mission-critical video over a wireless mesh network. Preparing for Super Bowl XLII, police officers surveyed locations where cameras were to be installed, needing only a power source and a Firetide mesh node to transmit the live video feed above the hundreds of thousands of anticipated city guests. The installation was done in a matter of weeks.
“Today, Firetide wireless mesh technology plays an increasingly important role in helping law enforcement agencies keep the public safe,” said Bo Larsson, CEO of Firetide. “Nowhere is this safety more critical than at a major event such as this football game, involving crowds in the hundreds of thousands. With its choice of Firetide for this unique and special deployment, the Phoenix Police Department has validated that our technology meets their most critical requirements and sets the standard for reliable and secure wireless video surveillance.”
The Phoenix Police Department will continue to use the equipment, including the mesh nodes and cameras, for investigations and video surveillance of the Phoenix area.
About Firetide Inc.
Firetide is the leading provider of wireless mesh and access networks that enable concurrent video, voice, and data for municipal, public safety, and enterprise applications. Firetide HotPort® mesh nodes and HotPoint® access points provide a reliable high performance wireless infrastructure and access solution for video surveillance, Internet access, public safety networks, and temporary networks wherever rapid deployment, mobility, and ease of installation are required. Headquartered in Los Gatos, California, Firetide is a privately held company with worldwide product distribution. www.firetide.com.