It seems like we hear a new story about the value of video surveillance technology almost every week. And each time, it’s increasingly clear the value is more about lives saved than money. Recent weeks have brought home the point in a particularly vivid way with multiple bombing incidents and the subsequent arrest of a suspect in New York City.
As reported by the New York Times, the police first identified the suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, following an explosion a little after around 8:30 PM Sunday night, September 18. Video analysis allowed police officers to identify Rahami, seek out his family’s house, and send out a city-wide alert containing four pictures of him by 7:30 AM the following morning. By 11:30 AM he was in custody, just 15 hours after the suspect was identified.
That’s the power video surveillance offers, saving lives by identifying suspects and solving crime more quickly than is possible without it.
In this case, advanced video analytics allowed law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend a suspect within a matter of hours. But what if the New York City Police Department didn’t have access to such tools? They certainly wouldn’t have been able to capture Rahami so quickly — and might still be looking for him. For some agencies, this kind of real-time access may feel like worlds away, but it’s now closer than ever.
It’s true, the majority of cities across our country don’t operate on the same scale as New York City, which has some of the most sophisticated video surveillance and data visualization technology available today. But the fundamental and life-saving technology that makes up this system is not a pipe dream. It is scalable and available today, built from the ground up for small and large law enforcement agencies. The ability to automatically collect and integrate feeds from multiple different video surveillance sources, both public and private, into a single interface gives officers a fast and comprehensive source of information the moment a crime is committed – whether it’s graffiti or terrorism. Video analysis automates and speeds the process of matching faces to existing records, exponentially increasing the power and speed of any agency.
Hitachi Visualization (HV) empowers law enforcement agencies by combining video with other information sources like license plate readers, gunshot detectors, 911 calls and even suspicions social media posts. The HV analytics engine automates the integration of disparate data sources and flags the most relevant information saving them time, resources and manpower. In doing so, HV helps officers see “the big picture” in a way that has, until recently, seemed like a scene from a movie versus main street.
Even if a jurisdiction isn’t ready for a completely integrated HV system, they can start with the new Hitachi Video Management Platform (VMP), which is designed to store and manage video feeds from a few hundred cameras up to 10,000 and paves the way for full HV in the future. Tune in next week to read the next blog post about the power of VMP.
In the meantime, click here to download a whitepaper about the State of Video Evidence Management and Adoption of Predictive Policing solution and email a ViON representative today to set up a Proof of Concept to see what Hitachi Visualization can do for your agency.