DHS Orders VideoDetective Systems and Training from Pyramid Vision
Pyramid Vision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sarnoff Corporation, announced that it has received an order to provide a large quantity of VideoDetective systems and training on the systems to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). VideoDetective is a portable, stand-alone video analysis lab that is designed to stabilize and enhance the quality of live and recorded video. By transforming shaky, blurry, low-resolution video into clear images, VideoDetective enables law enforcement officers to enhance video surveillance footage in the field. The VideoDetective units will be used in the DHS Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP), which provides eligible applicants, such as small communities and rural areas, with technology and equipment to aid in emergency response preparedness. Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are already using units with success. Key features of VideoDetective include the ability to process multiple frames of video simultaneously as a complete segment. Real-time image stabilization is engineered to provide viewers with complete and clear recording of a sequence of events.
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Seattle’s Northwind Marine, Inc. has modified their existing Argus-class boat design to meet the requirements of the Edmonds, Washington, Fire and Police Departments. Like many other bays, sounds, or large lakes, Puget Sound is dotted with communities frequently separated by stretches of inaccessible shoreline. The mission requirements for Edmonds’s new multipurpose boat include not only fighting fires, rescuing divers and mariners, and delivering large volumes of water to isolated shores, but also rapidly deploying emergency medical and law enforcement personnel and equipment. Among the salient features of the Edmonds boat is a 36-inch-wide bow door. A pair of Honda outboard engines are designed to rapidly propel the boat; secondary propulsion and water delivery are provided by Northwind Marine’s proprietary diverter system. An inboard gasoline engine powers a pump to supply monitors as well as hydrants that can deliver up to 4,000 gallons per minute, either ashore or to the tankers. The overall length of the boat is 30 feet.
Northwind Marine Modified Boat Design to Incorporate Edmonds Fire and Police Departments Requests
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Philadelphia Industrial Area Obtains Video Surveillance from Controlled Access and On-Net Surveillance Systems
Controlled Access, LLC and On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) were awarded a contract to design and install video surveillance to monitor Philadelphia’s revitalization of its developing Port Richmond industrial area. The Port Richmond Industrial Development Enterprise (PRIDE), a public-private partnership formed by owners and managers of industrial enterprises in the Port Richmond area to improve the environment in which they operate, awarded the contract in an effort to increase profitability and retain and expand businesses and employment. PRIDE, Controlled Access, and OnSSI worked together to create a security system with strategically placed and remotely operated cameras. Key features in OnSSI’s platform include motion detection, variable resolution recording and transmission, high-resolution recording for forensic analysis, and two-way audio and remote capabilities to aid police on site at crime scenes. Working closely with each of these groups, Anthony Tuttle, security consultant for Controlled Access and the rest of the team, designed a system that monitors key areas based on crime statistics and the concerns voiced by business owners. Controlled Access chose to work with the open-architecture system OnSSI designed, combined with Sony and IQinVision cameras. Using this system, police and select PRIDE business owners will be able to log in and view live and recorded video directly from their computers. Controlled Access will install cameras in strategic locations to provide the greatest coverage from the smallest number of cameras. At each site, both a Sony digital PTZ dome camera and an IQinVision fixed-megapixel camera will be installed to increase video coverage. The IQinVision cameras can be used to monitor areas up to four times the size of standard cameras, whereas Sony dome cameras are designed to zoom in for a closer look at any suspicious activities. In the future, PRIDE and the police hope to add features such as video analytics to increase the effectiveness of the system.■
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From The Police Chief, vol. 74, no. 6, June 2007. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.