Texas City Completes Second Phase of Video Surveillance System (12/11/12)
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Comments

The city of Mission (Texas) Police Department completed phase two deployment of Firetide’s wireless infrastructure mesh video surveillance network. The newly expanded video security network enables the Mission Police Department (MPD) to watch for crimes in progress and better protect the citizens of the community.

The system, designed and deployed by Houston-based systems integrator Teksys, uses Firetide’s wireless infrastructure mesh equipment and a combination of Axis and Sony video cameras that are monitored in real-time, 24/7 by police officials.

“Within the first week of operation, the newly expanded Firetide wireless video network has been a huge success and was instrumental in identifying and arresting criminals in three separate felony offences,” said Marin Garza Jr., MPD’s chief of police. “The wireless mesh network gives us coverage and clear visual access to areas that don’t have continuous police presence. Additionally, it greatly improves police and emergency personnel response times to incidents occurring in these locations.”

Since it was first deployed in July 2009, the wireless system has grown from the original six-mesh node system to the current 33-mesh node wireless network. The video cameras connect directly to the mesh nodes and are placed in high-crime areas, parks and on utility poles located at multiple traffic intersections throughout the city. Funding for the project comes from a combination of Mission’s city budget and the police department’s drug-seizure fund.

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