Published on 7 December, 2011
| DVTel's Latitude NVMS was selected as the primary command and control management software for 542 cameras
Municipalities across the United States convened in Baltimore to share the challenges, solutions and best practices in creating a safe and secure environment for their citizens and assets. Baltimore's CitiWatch Program was showcased, with a live tour of one of five Baltimore Police Monitoring Centres, which utilise DVTel's Latitude Network Video Management System (NVMS)
to provide round-the-clock proactive monitoring from dedicated surveillance rooms.
What started in 2005 with 50 cameras has grown to 542 cameras deployed throughout the city's downtown centre and many neighbourhoods, integrated into DVTel's Latitude Network Video Management System platform.
"This conference and DVTel's value proposition to the municipalities market is about preventing crime and saving lives," said Paul Smith, VP Sales for the Americas. There were many organisations at the conference who are at the same place Baltimore was in 2005, with a few cameras and a non-integrated system, but with the drive to build a plan that works."
DVTel and partners Tele-Tector of Maryland (TTM), KLM and KBC Networks had the opportunity to meet with many organisations still in the infancy stages of planning or building a video surveillance infrastructure.
Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shared the criticality of the city's commitment to investment in video surveillance initiatives at a time when municipalities are challenged with reduced budgets, noting this is not the place to cut corners. Her drumbeat was: Start small. Get it right. Review lessons learned. Grow.
"The attendees at this conference are at various stages of the video surveillance spectrum - from 12 cameras without a video management system to the City of Baltimore, which is a true model for cities nation-wide and globally. In fact, the Baltimore Police have instilled an open door policy in sharing their experiences and have had visits from organizations from all over the world," said Kristian Gragg, KLM Marketing.
"As DVTel's manufacturers' representative, I come away from this conference clear that this is one of the true mature, and yet expanding vertical markets," said Gragg. "It is our job to help educate and work with these organisations to ensure they know how to define the requirement, know their options and choose a solution that addresses their specific objectives."
DVTel's Latitude NVMS was selected as the primary command and control management software to provide IP network video surveillance for what is now 542 cameras. These all-weather cameras are equipped with low light and pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) capability. The Citiwatch Atrium Centre has access to all project video feeds from the PTZ cameras located throughout five high-crime neighbourhoods and the central business district and can also access video feeds from the housing project cameras. All cameras record 24 hours a day at 30 frames per second with archiving of 30 days of recording.