Cheap City Surveillance Case Study

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Mar 10, 2013

City surveillance systems often cost huge amounts of money - $10,000 per camera deployed is common. One Pennsylvania city took a different approach spending less than $10,000 for the core network and adding on cameras for just $1,000 each. Unfortunately, this resulted in big problems. In this article, we break down the issues based on interviews with city officials, the integrator involved and a copy of the bids received.

The Setup

*** ********, ** ******* ***** ** **** ** ***** ********** to **** * ********** ****** ***** ** *** ****, *** ******* ******* **** *** ****** ******** ** *** for * ****** ********. *** **** **** $*,*** *** “********, ********, monitors *** ******* ***** ********,” **** ********* ****** ************ *** ***** (*** *** ****'* ********). ********** ***** *** $*,*** ****, ***** ******** * ****** and * *********** **** ***** ******* **** ** * ******* room ** *** ****** *******. ** ****** *********, *** ******* would **** ****** *** ******** **** **** ****** ******. 

********* ** *** **********, *** ****** ***** *** ********** ** each ******** ***** ******** ******** ************ (** * *** ** *.** *** ***********) *** *.* ** 3 ** ******* ** *** ******* ** ***** ********. **** location *** **** ** *** *** *** ********. 

*** ********** ******* ** *** ****** ********** ***** * ********* wireless **** ******* ** * *** /***** *******. ******* **** faced ******** ***** ** *** ****** ******* ** *** **** would *** ****, ********* ****, *** *** ** *** ******* on ********’* ******-******* ******* ***** *******, ****** ******. 

Service ******

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*** ****** *** ****** ******* **** ****** *** *** ********* and ****** *** ************ ***** **** *****. 

Reliability ******** ****** ** ******

***** *******, *** ** ********* ****** ************ *** *****, **** the ******* *** ********* ******* ******** *** *********** ******, *** the ********’* ****** *** *** ******* ** **** ******* *** city’s ******* *** ****** *********. 

***** ****** ****** **** ******-***** *** ********* **** *** ***** to ******* ******* ****** *******, ******** ** ******* **** * considerably ******* ******. **** *******, “***** ************ *** * ****** high *** **** ****’** ******* ** *****. *** ***'* *** a ****** *** ****** ** ** ****** **** * *******."

“**** ****** * ***** *** ** *** ** **** ** affordable. *** ******* ** **** **** ***’* **** *** *****. So *** ******* ********* **** *** ****** **** ***’* **** *** ***** ** ******** *** ******* agreement,” ******* ****. *** **** **’* **** ******** ** ********’* system *** **** *** ****, ** ****. 

The ******** ********

**** ******** *** ******** *** *** ******* **** *** ****, ***** ****** * ****** of ******:

  • **** *** *******: **** ************** ******* ** ***** ***** ****.
  • ******* ************ ******* *** *** *******: *** ******* ***, ** $9,500, *** **% **** **** *** *****, ** $**,***. **** is * ******* **** ** ********, ***** **** *** ****** went **** *** ***** ******* ********** ** ****** ********* ** the *************.
  • *** '***' *** ****** * ****** **** ** ***** ******* any ******* ** *********** ***** *** ******* ******. **** ********** leads ** ********* *** ********* ** ******* *** ********* *** request *** ***********.
  • *** ******* *** ***** *** *** *** *** *** ***** listed. *** ********, *** $*,*** ******* *** ******** * ** channel **** ***, ******** *********, **" ******* *** ************. ** would ** **** ** *** *** ********* ***** ** **** price, ********* ********* *** ********** ****.

The ************ *****

****** *** *********** ******, *** ****** ******* ***** ******* ********:

  • ***** ******** ******** ** ******* *** ********* *** ***** ** point *****, ***** **** *** **** * ***** **** **** project ** ***** ** ****** ************ ******, ****** ** ******. Even ** **** **** ***** **** ** *** ***, ******* up **** ********** ******** **** *** *********** ** *******.
  • ********* ** ***** ****** ****** *********, ********** *** ********* ****** outside, ** ***********. *** *********** *** ******** ****** **************** ****, ****** ** **** ** **** ** ***** ******.

Significant *** ******** *******

***, *** ******** ****** ***** ** ********** ** *** *** a ****** ** ******* *** ******** ******. *** *** ****** would **** ** ** ****-******** ****** **** ** ***** ** run *** ********** ** **** ********* *** **** **** ******-***-***** monitoring *** ********* **********, ** ****. *** **** ***** *** RFP **** ** ******** ** ***-*****. *** **** ** ******* aside $**,*** *** *** *******.

Comments (30)

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* ************ **** *** *** *** ** ********* ****** ***** up ******* ***** *** *** '****' **** ** ** ***** for *** **** ***. ****, *** **************, ******* ** ********* themselves, ** ****** ** ******* **** * ************ *** ***.

* *** ********* **** *** **** ********** ******* *** **** didn't **** *** **** **** *** *** **** *********. **** the ********* *** ***** **** **** *** *** *** *** and ****, "*'** **** **!"

* ****** *** **** ** **** *** *** * **** - *** ***** ** **** ***** *** ** ******* *** the ***** **** ** **** **** ********* *** **** **** detailed. **** ** * **** **** *** ***** *** ** either ****** ** ******* *********. ******* *** **** ****.

*** *** ********** *** ****** ** *** ****** *** **** out $** *** ********* ******* - ** ******* ********** - to *** ********* ****** ** ******* **** *********? ***** **. Maxwell, *** **** **** * *** *** ***** ** *** chief ******* *** ***-******* ******?

**** ** *** ***** ********* **. *******, *** **** ***** numbers ** ********** ***** **** **, *** **** ********* ****** could **** *** **** *******/*********** ******* ** ****** *** ****** budget ****, ** ******* ****** ***, ***** ****** ***** ***** hardware *****?

*** ** *** ***** ** ******* ********* ****** * **** of ******* ***** ***** * *** (* *** **** *****), who's ****** *** ***** ***** *****? ** *** ********* ***** maintain **** *** **** *** **** * ***** ****** ** time.

***** ********* ****, *'* ****** ***** ** *** **** ****** up ** * ******* **** ****!

***, ******* **** ******** ** ****'* *******, *** ****** **** and *** *** ******** **** ***** ** *** ******, *** wow.

*** ***** ******* ****** ** ********** ** **** *** **** police ** ******* *** *** **********. **** ****** **** * consultant, **** ** ** ** **** ** ***** * *********** based ************* *** *** *** (****** **** **** ****** ******** and *****). **** ***** **** **** ****** *** ** ***.

*** **** *** ***** *** **** ***** (**** ***) *** still ******* *** *** ******* * **********.

*****, **** *****. ***** ***** *** ***** ******* *** ***** consultant, ***** *** ****** **** ***** **** *** ****** ****** doing ** ********** ** ********* **** ***********.

*** *** ********** ***** ****** ** ***** ***** ** * poor **********, **** ****** ***** *** **** ** ** ********** and ** ** ***** **** ****. ***** **** ** ******* what **** **** ** ******* *** *** ** **** ****** bid ****. **** **** *** ********* **** ** ***** *** same ******** *** *** ***** ********** *** ** ***** ** put ** ***** ** ** ********** **** *** *********** ******** a **** **** ************ ******. **** *** ****** ********** **** can ***** ****** ** ****** ** ***** *** **** *********. Providing * ***** **** ** *********** *** **** **** **** is **** **** **** ** *** ** * **** **** at ****.

*** ******** **...*** ** *** **** * ****/ "***** **********"/********? There *** * *** ** *** *** **** ********* *** there (********). ***** *** **** **** ********* **** ***** **** a **** ** *** *** ****** *** ******. **** ***** they ******** **** *** ******* * **** ** ***** (** you ****** **** ***** ** **** **** **** *****, *** it ***** ***). *** *** ***** *** *** ***** ** a *** **********/********...*** ***** **** * ******/***** **** * ******* integrator **** ******** ********* ** ** **** **** **********. *** that ***** ****** ***** ******** ** ****. ** ** ** end ****...** ** * ******** **** ** *** *** **** value *** *** **** *****. *** ***** ** *** *** the **** ***** ***** **** **** *** **** **** ***** end **** *********** **. **** ********* *** **** ***** **** it ***** ** * ******* ** *** **** **** *** totally **** **********. *** ***** **** ** *** **** *** all *** ******** ******** *********** ********* ** ****. **** ******* use ***** **** ******** ********** ***** ** * ****** ************ or *** ******** **** ** ************ *** ******* ** **********.

"David, **** *****. ***** ***** *** ***** ******* *** ***** **********, ***** *** ****** **** ***** **** *** ****** ****** ***** ** ********** ** ********* **** ***********." **** *

**** ****:

> **** *** *******: **** ************** ******* ** ***** ***** bids.

**** ** * ********. * ****** ** *** **** *** examples ** ****** **** **** * ******. ** ***** **** a *** ****. * ** ** * ***'* ********** *** we **** ** **** ******. ******* ************* **** ** ******** advertised. **** **** ***** ****** ** ************. ** ***** **** using * ****** ** * *********, ** ** ***** **** posting ** * ********** *** **** ***** ********* **** **** invited ** ********* ** *******. ****'* ******* **** ********** ******** ***** **** **** * ********.

*** ******* **** ********* * ***** ****** ** ********* ** that ** **** ** ******* **** *** ****. *** ****** a ****-********** ******* *** ******* ******* ***** *** **** * single ****** ** ********** **** ** **? * **** ******* to ****** ******** ** ****** **** *** ****** *** ********.

***

***, ****** *** * ***** ******** / *******.

** **** ********, "*** ****** * ****-********** ******* *** ******* because ***** *** **** * ****** ****** ** ********** **** is **?"

*** ******* **, **'* **** ** **** ** ********** **** is ** **** * ****** ******. **** **** **** ***** is **** ********** ******* *** ********* *** *** ****** ****** that *** ******* *** *** ***** *********? ** *** ********* really ******* *** **** ***** ** ** **** ****** ****** gouging *** *****?

******* * **** ** * ****** *** ** ********** ***** risks.

** *** ******** ********, ** ** *** ********* **********, * found ** ********** ******, **** ** *** ****** *** ******* sector. **'* ********* *** ********** ** ** ****** *** **'* * ******** ***.

* ************** ***** *** **** ***** * ********** *** ** a ****** ***** ****** ** ********** **** **** ** **** will ** ** *** **** ********* **** *** ** *** but * ****** ******.

* **** **** ** ******* ********** ********** *** ****** *** cameras *** * ***** **** ** ** **** *** *** business **** *** ***** ********* ** ********* **** ****** ** their ******** ***/***/***. ** **** ** *******, *** ******* *** in **** ** **** *** **** ***** *** **** ************* (or **** *******) ********* ** ** ******* *********** ******.

***** ****, ********* ********, ********** ****** ** **** *** ******** on *** *** * ***** *** ** **** ****** *** they ******* **** ******* ****** **** ****** **** ** *** have ** **** *** ****** ******.

**** ********** ***** ******* * ***** **** **. * ******** ran ****** ** *********** ******* ** **** ********* ******* * company ****** (********) **************.

*********** ********* * ************** ******** ** * ** * ********* locations (******, **** **** *** ****** *****). **** ******* **** the **** ******* ****** **** ***** ***** ******** ***** **** agree ** ****** ******* *** **** ***** ********* *** ************ *** ***** ******** ***** ** ******* ** *********** **** / ******* ****. (********) **** **** *** ************ *** ****** them * *** ******* ********* *** * ***** ** ***.

** ***** ** ******* **** ** ******* **** **** ***** and ******** *** ******** **** **** ********* ** *** *** potential ********. ** ****** **** ******** *** *** ****** ***** Fluid ******** *** **** ******* **** *** *** ********.

************* (*** **!), **** **** **** *** ******* ********. * will **** ** ******* *** ***** *** ***** **** *** to *** *** ****’* ******* *** *** ****…. *'** ****** back ** *** *****.

****: ** ****** ******* ******** ***********.

****'* *** *** **** ** **** * *******, ** ****, if *** ******** **** *** ************ *** *** ******** ******.

****'* * **** *** *** *******, ** ****** ******** ********** * ********** **** **** ******* ** ******* ***** **** and *** **** ** ******* **** * *** ***** ***** ---->****.

*****, * ** **** * ******* **** ********** [*** ****** more *********], ****** ** ******* ** *** ******* *******.

****: ******** ***** ****** -$***; ******** *** *********** -$****

*****, ***, **** * ****** ***** ****. ** *** **** what '***** ****' **** ********* * *** ***** ***? :)

*'* ********. * **** **** ******* ** *** ******************* *** $****, *** *** ******** *** ***********. *** ******** to ******* *** ******** ** ******** **** "******" ******* *** the $*** ****. **** ******** *****'* **** ** *** *** upgrading ** *********.

****, *'* ** *********, *** ***** ** **** ******** * can ****** ** *** ** * ******* * ** ********** familiar ****? :) * ****** ** *** ** ** *** mentioned, *** ****** ****'* **** *** *******.

** ********* ** ***** **** *** ****** * ******** ************ of *** ** *** *********** ** *** **** *** ****** he *** ***** **** ** *** ******* *******. :)

** ********* ******, **** ** ** *** ** ******** #**** on ** **** - ** ****** ** ***** ** ************. And *** **** * **** *** ****** *******, ***** * was ********** ***** **********.

***'* *** **** **** ***** **** *** **** **** *** batters *** :)

***** ** **. **** ***** *** **** **** **** ** that ******* *******. *****, ***'** ***** *** ******** ****** *** the ***** ****** *** $**** - *******, ********, ************, **********.

*******'* **** ************* **** *** **'** ******* * **** *******, actually **** ****** ******* * ************ *** ***** ***.

******** ******:

***... * **** ****** ** *** ***** (*** *******) ** right. ***** **** *** ******* *** **** *** *********** **** didn't **** *** ** ** * **** *** *** **** they ********** ********** **** ****** **: ******, ***.

* **** *** ** ***** ***** ** * ******** ** others *** ***** **** ********* ******* ** **** ** *** reading **** **** *** ********* ** **** ****. **, *********, at ***.

** ** ****! :(

$*,*** ******* **** *** *** *** ******, *** ***** *** system

***, ***'* ***'* *** *** ********, ** ***? :)

*** ***, $*,***

*** ****** ****** **** ** ********* *** *************?

* ** ** *** **** ** ******, ** *** **** have **** ********** **** ******* ****** *** ****. * ** told **** *** ******* *** **** **** ** *** ***** on ***** *** **** ******* *** ********(********), ***** *****, ** cellular *****-**-*****. *** *********** * **** ********* **** ** **** and *** ******* ******* ********* ***** ** *** *****. ** made * ******* ***** **** ******** **** *** ******** ************ which *** ** ** ******* ***** *** ******. * ***** a *** *** ** ** **** **** ** **** *** with ************.

*** ******* ** *** **** **** ** ** ***** *** cameras **** *** **** **. **** *** ***** ******* * have ****, **** *** **** **** **** *** **. * doubt **** *** **. *** ************ ** *** ******** ******** and ******* ***** *** ****** *****. *** **** **** *** two ** *** ****** ******* ***** *****. * *****'* **** or ********** **** *** ******* ****** ** *** *** **** it ** ** ***.

**** - *** *** ***** ** *** ******** *** ** Toledo?

*** * ** ** *** ******** *** ***** ** ******. After ******* ** **** ***** * ******** * *** ***** they **** *** ********* ** ******* ** *****. ** **** used * ******* **** ***** *** ******* **** **** **** same **** ** *** "****** *******." * ******* *** ******* plate ****** *** * ******* ** *******.

****, ****** *** *******. * ******* *********** ***** ****** ****.

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