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Cops Sue After Camera Catches One Stealing

This is bound to get messy. A former police officer and two current officers are suing a their police department after they found out internal affairs had placed hidden cameras to record audio and video in the women’s locker room. The cameras wer...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

'Severe Deficiencies' for Baltimore City System

A "hodgepodge of basic query services and secretarial work” containing “severe deficiencies, including understaffing” is the conclusion of Baltimore Police Department’s strategic plan for improvement about their much bragged about Citiwatch system...

By Ben Wood - over 6 years ago

University Surveillance Profile: Gallaudet

We visited Theodore Baran, the security director at Gallaudet University, a private school for deaf and hard of hearing students in the heart of the District of Columbia about public safety and security in this unique population. Campus Demograph...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Rejecting PSIM, Big City to DIY

Lots of ends users get duped by fancy PSIM presentations. But one big city is rejecting the hype, lead by a former systems integrator now in charge of a major city project. In this note, we break down why they chose to build it themselves, what th...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Project NOLA - 500+ Camera City System at 90% Lower Cost

The most disastrous citywide surveillance system is likely from New Orleans. After spending more than $10 million, it resulted in criminal charges and convictions .... unfortunately against the people involved in deploying it [link no longer avail...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Student Dies, Surveillance Tampering Alleged

17-year-old Kendrick Johnson’s dead body was found rolled up in a gym mat at Lowndes County High School in Georgia. The family and investigators are still trying to figure out what led to his death. Everything is in dispute, from the cause of deat...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Active Shooter - When Lockdown Fails

The common response to a shooter at a school or in a workplace is the "lockdown." Staff are instructed by security or exiting procedures to stay in place. The doors are locked and no one is allowed in or out. Sometimes lock down procedures will in...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Secured Cities - Should You Go?

Cities are huge users of surveillance, with controversial systems of hundreds and thousands of cameras commonplace. One U.S. show, Secured Cities, is attempting to specialize in city surveillance. We bought a ticket and headed over to the two-day ...

By Ben Wood - over 6 years ago

Big City PSIM Claims Reviewed

The U.S. has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Within the U.S., Baltimore is one of the worst and its need for security and surveillance is particularly acute. IPVM recently participated in a tour of the city's command center during Sec...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Stopping Drug Deals With Video Surveillance

The Chicago Police Department cites video surveillance as one of its main reasons for success against street corner drug operations. In this note, we share details from CPD Commander Elias Voulgaris who spoke at Secured Cities on how it helped.The...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

An Inside Look at Hospital Security

Security in hospitals is critical and they spend lots of money on security systems and services (e.g., third largest industry employing security guards). How hospital security works and what issues they face are key concerns. In this interview wi...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Ridiculous $100K Project / Now Stalled

Update 10/31: When we first published this in July, we broke down how flawed the RFP was. Now, the city is delaying the project as it works through its concerns. Industry professionals often complain about the effectiveness and fairness of RFPs. ...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Bad RFP Leads to Homebrew System

Bad RFPs continue to plague the industry. In the case of one city, a poorly written RFP led to a contract that likely fails to address one of the main problems they were hoping to avoid. In this note, we review the RFP and what this Illinois city ...

By Ben Wood - over 6 years ago

IACP Police Show Best and Worst 2013

The IAPC is the nation's biggest law enforcement trade show featuring all kinds of police equipment from cameras to drones to tanks from more than 750 companies. We attended this year's show in Philadelphia, a great place to see what's popular whe...

By John Honovich - over 6 years ago

Privately Owned Public Camera Network

Grant funding is drying up, but the need for technology is not. Cities are getting creative when it comes to finding new ways to fund surveillance systems. Some are looking at adopt-a-camera programs or leasing systems. But more often, they are co...

By Carlton Purvis - almost 7 years ago

Retail Surveillance Operator Secrets Revealed

What's it like to be a surveillance operator? What problems do they face? How do they do their job? We interviewed one with extensive experience at major retailers, both in management and operations. Here are some of the key topics and lessons c...

By Carlton Purvis - almost 7 years ago

What Did a Drug Dealer Use For Surveillance?

The bad guys want video surveillance too. Recently, footage from a violent shootout caught on a Miami drug dealer's surveillance system was played in court. We were curious to know what he used. Given the amount of money and need for security that...

By Carlton Purvis - almost 7 years ago

NC City Surveillance Challenges

City surveillance systems can be challenging, even for a small city of one hundred thousand people with just a handful of cameras. In this note, we dig into the problems that Wilmington NC faces and the solutions that it is planning to fix them. ...

By Ben Wood - almost 7 years ago

Lancaster City Surveillance Case Study

Most city surveillance systems are owned by local governments and paid for by taxpayer dollars, but shrinking budgets can cause cities to skimp on a system or neglect maintenance. However, one Pennsylvania city has created a citizen-run network of...

By Carlton Purvis - about 7 years ago

Police Performance Massively Improved by Surveillance

A California city police chief used his department to conduct an experiment on the power of surveillance. For a year, officers were fitted with cameras to record every interaction they had with the public. Would the cameras help reduce complaints ...

By Carlton Purvis - about 7 years ago

Crappy Cameras Trigger City Surveillance Shutdown

An Australian city has shut off its surveillance system after being ordered to determine how to operate its cameras without violating privacy laws. The order was passed down months after a case brought by one of its residents who argued the city h...

By Carlton Purvis - about 7 years ago

Philadelphia SafeCam Pays You To Install Cameras

In a time of declining government funding, one U.S. city is bucking the trend. Believe it or not, they are going to pay up to half the cost of installing new cameras. What's the catch and what's in it for them? We talked to the city and reviewed i...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Interview With Law Enforcement On Surveillance

We recently interviewed International Association of Chiefs of Police experts about various issues, uses and best practices for police agencies regarding video surveillance. We touched on topics ranging from storage and codec frustrations to crime...

By Carlton Purvis - about 7 years ago

Police Top Surveillance Pain Point

We recently interviewed surveillance experts from the International Association of Chiefs of Police about various issues, uses, and best practices for police agencies regarding video surveillance. Interestingly, one point that the group frequently...

By Carlton Purvis - about 7 years ago

City Wide Mesh RFP Reviewed

Mesh wireless has a dubious reputation, with many stories of system failures and finger pointing between manufacturers, integrators and end users. A Califonia city is actively looking for a new municipal surveillance system and is requesting a me...

By Ben Wood - about 7 years ago

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