Replacing an analog CCTV security system with IP-based surveillance cameras and video management software dramatically reduced crime at Taino Towers, a low-income housing project in New York City. In addition to wireless two-way communication alerts, the new system allowed for the implementation of facial recognition software at entrance points.
The two-phased project began in May 2011. Plugout replaced the aging analog cable network with an IP-based megapixel surveillance camera throughout the entire square block running on a Genetec VMS platform.
Phase I consisted of 66 Axis IP video surveillance cameras installed on all exterior corners of the city block and sidewalks, in the courtyard and playground, building entrances, lobbies, hallways, elevators and rooftops. Phase II consisted of 78 additional Axis cameras installed to the network, bringing the total camera count to 144.
The management team at the Taino Towers has been very pleased with the new, state-of the-art technology and how effective the system has been in protecting the residents and property. With NYPD’s instant access to live video and evidence along with its ease of use for the security staff, the software has led to a dramatic increase in arrests, making the community safer and more secure than ever before.
The reduced crime has been so effective that the DA’s office would like to expand the system even more to further reduce crime in the surrounding 10-15 blocks.
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