City surveillance projects are hard, one of the hardest in all of surveillance. They need lots of outdoor cameras, generally distributed over large urban areas, connected by complex networking systems that hopefully will reduce crime. Because of the challenges involved, city surveillance outages, failures and public problems are commonplace.
Here are 5 top concerns we have experienced:
- Connectivity: 80% of a city system's cost (and headaches) routinely come from the networks that connect cameras to recorders.
- Integrating Other Systems: Connecting other surveillance and security systems can add huge costs and headaches
- Funding Problems: City surveillance funding is too often feast or famine
- Maintenance: Failing cameras and components routinely plague city surveillance systems.
- Lock-In: City surveillance users can unknowingly and painfully become locked in to vendors or service providers, adding significant cost and problems.
Inside, we dig into each one, offering solutions to these issues.