Mesh Without Wires

October 20, 2010

See How Video Mesh Helps Law Enforcement at IACP 2010

The conference season must be upon us, since right after ASIS 2010 in Dallas we are headed to IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) 2010 in Orlando, October 24 – 26, 2010.

IACP’s host city no stranger to Firetide’s mesh


Firetide mesh node captured in a local news report on video system in Orlando

Many of the nations’ municipalities are using Firetide technology for wireless video surveillance including Orlando, the host city for this year’s IACP conference. The Orlando Police Department has used Firetide’s wireless mesh for several years, including during the 2008 Presidential election to provide video surveillance at an Obama/Clinton campaign rally in Orlando that drew a crowd of 60,000 people. The system evolved from a tactical, portable application, such as for special events or SWAT operations, to a fixed “city center surveillance” deployment. For a recent update on the system, see Muni Wireless Video Surveillance at Work in Orlando.

I hope to spend some time in downtown Orlando tracking down surveillance locations, so that I’ll have material for a “walking tour” similar to the Chicago tour from this summer (see Part 1 and Part 2 of Chicago).

Representatives from Orlando PD will present a session on Sunday 1 to 3 pm on “Innovative Policing with Camera Technology from A to Z,” as part of the law enforcement technology track at IACP. I plan to attend the session: it will be interesting to see how OPD presents the system to an audience of their peers. If you are attending IACP, here’s the link to all sessions in the Technology Track.

Integrated video mesh demo

For IACP, we are partnering with Axis Communications and Milestone Systems for an integrated demo to showcase real-time video mesh, capable of supporting multiple streams of HD video.  The solution addresses challenges in providing real-time, forensic-quality video for city center surveillance, hostage/barricade situations, special events security, monitoring crime-prone neighborhoods, emergency preparedness and homeland security. Deployed in a matter of hours, the system is a real-world example of what public safety agencies can achieve in the field with the right combination of IP technologies, delivering evidence-grade video for officer safety, identification and investigation.

Video mesh demo at IACP 2010

Video mesh demo at IACP 2010 (click to enlarge)

Our in-booth live demonstration (booth 2825) will feature wireless capture, distribution and playback of high-resolution video over wireless. Real-time video from Axis high-definition network cameras will be streamed over Firetide wireless infrastructure mesh network. The video will be captured and displayed using the open-platform Milestone video management system, including remote viewing via Wi-Fi enabled PDAs.

Social media at #IACP2010

This year IACP 2010 has an official Twitter hash tag: #IACP2010, which is a big step up from last year when IACP’s Twitter account (@IACPOfficial) did not promote one. There was an unofficial one – #IACP – which also picked up tweets from a gathering of International Association of Culinary Professionals.

IACP staffers will tweet and blog from the conference this year. See the recap of their social media plans: Special Events at IACP 2010. So that’s quite a leap from last year, where I don’t think IACP used social media around the conference much.

If you are on twitter, follow @firetide and @kseniacoffman for updates from Orlando. Follow #IACP2010 hash tag for all tweets from the conference.

For the recap from ASIS 2010 in Dallas, see:

By: Ksenia Coffman – Connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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