Free Wireless Surveillance for Cities?

Author: John Grocke, Published on Aug 14, 2013

Many IPVM end user members have reached out to us asking about a company offering wireless surveillance that sounds almost too good to be true. While most systems cost $10,000+ per camera, this company is offering it for more than 80% less, plus free infrastructure if the city can get a few businesses to buy cameras. How is this company doing that? Is it too good to be true? In this note, we examine the offerings of WildFire Connections.

WildFire's WPI Plan

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Comments (9)

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