CentralSquare Partners with Genetec on Public-Safety Video Surveillance
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | Comments

CentralSquare partnered with Genetec, a provider of video surveillance software. Combining the two companies’ technologies will enable public-safety agencies across North America to use existing public and private video cameras to reduce the number of victims of crimes and disaster while ensuring the safety of police officers and first responders, the companies said.

More than 30 million cameras across the United States generate 4 billion hours of footage a week. Unfortunately, the footage from these cameras and other sensors such as gunshot detection systems is captured by various systems and is often unavailable to first responders who can use that real-time data and video to save lives. Further, when a citizen calls 9-1-1, the dispatcher often has to rely on the caller’s description of the incident instead of quickly pulling up the video feed from the nearest cameras and sensors. Additionally, with the increase in digital evidence captured by these systems, investigations are becoming increasingly complex and time consuming. These disconnects prevent first responders from quickly assessing, understanding and safely responding to life-threatening emergencies, a statement said.

“As a result of this partnership, when a citizen calls 9-1-1, dispatchers will be able to seamlessly see what is happening at the caller’s location, ensure the right type of emergency response is dispatched, improve the situational awareness and safety of the responding officer and have an integrated video record of the incident for future investigations,” said CentralSquare CEO Simon Angove. “By seamlessly integrating CentralSquare’s CAD software with Genetec’s real-time crime center technologies, we are enabling thousands of public-safety agencies to speed up dispatch center operations, shorten emergency response time, and reduce the number of victims of crimes and disasters across North America.”

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