Growth in Mobile and Transportation Surveillance is getting popular in Miami, Florida too
Miami Beach Police First in South Florida to Officially Adopt Body Cameras is an example of the level is taking the Growth in Mobile and Transportation Surveillance.
“We are beginning a period of significant expansion, with six additional patrol squads to be trained and equipped with cameras in the next month or so,” Oates writes.
The mobile surveillance market, particularly in the transportation and law enforcement sectors, grew incredibly rapidly in the last year — faster than a speeding bullet (train), one could say. Naturally, security is a main driver behind this growth, with the desire to gather evidence for investigating liability and other types of incidents also significantly contributing.
“We live in a litigious society, and a lot of video is used for risk management,” says Anthony Incorvati, director of business development, critical infrastructure and transportation, Axis Communications, Chelmsford, Mass. “You have people file slip-and-fall claims, some rightfully so. In those cases, video can be used as a tool to provide a higher level of intelligence and figure out how to correct things moving forward.”
Within the mobile surveillance market, body-worn cameras also gained significant traction in 2015. The vast majority of this growth was in the consumer space, but law enforcement is a growing segment as well, based largely on high-profile incidents involving officers. For more on the impact of and potential opportunities for these technologies, see “The Outlook (and Opportunity?) for Body-Worn Cameras” on page 130.
Mobile license plate recognition (LPR) technologies are the best way to scan large numbers of license plates to alert of vehicles of interest.
Outfitting buses and trains with surveillance equipment can aid with increasing ridership in multiple ways. Technology can be a cornerstone of a strategy to increase passenger safety and video can be sampled for data to optimize routes and schedules based on demand.
Vehicle recording and tracking has been a growing technology for law enforcement. Another emerging technology includes body-worn cameras.
“There’s been a lot of grant money put toward cameras on subways and trains,” says Tom Cook, vice president of sales and marketing, North America, Samsung Techwin America, Ridgefield Park, N.J. “I don’t know if you need higher resolution than standard HD because of the limited viewing distance. These projects are very price-driven because they’re funded with public money, so the low bid wins a lot of the time. It’s more about the price than the technology, so standard full-HD is enough for them.”