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Wishing You Safe Travel to Your Destination: Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family safe travel to your destination during this Thanksgiving weekend.  According to AAA, 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend (Wednesday – Sunday) although the average distance that people intend to travel is 110 miles less than last year.   Thanksgiving air travel is expected to increase with approximately 3.4 million travelers expected to fly to their destination.  Sixty percent of travelers say the economy will have no impact on their travel plans.  Over 900,000 people expect to travel via other modes including bus, trains, and watercraft. 

Many communities are working on strategies to improve the safety and security of cities and transportation systems.  

Watch this Discovery Channel video and see how video technologies are helping make travel safer in New York City.   The integrated Traffic Management Center (TMC) integrates city-wide video feeds for increased situational awareness,  mobile emergency response, and collaborative incident communications.

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City of Baltimore: Benefits of Secure Cities and Smart+Connected Community approach

City of Baltimore: Benefits of Secure Cities and Smart+Connected Community approach

The City of Baltimore is a remarkable example of a successful project demonstrating the clear benefits of a Smart+Connected community approach for government agencies worldwide.

The City of Baltimore deployed an integrated video sharing platform that allowed 20 city, state, federal and private agencies to easily and quickly communicate, collaborate and share resources to enhance overall city-wide operations for public safety and transportation during the Baltimore Grand Prix event, and helped manage responses during Hurricane Irene, and the recent earthquake in Baltimore.

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Considering the Legal Ramifications of Video Surveillance

Before installing IP cameras at your small business, make sure you understand the potential “gotchas”.

Small businesses install surveillance cameras for many reasons. They keep your business and assets safe, improve productivity, and can provide a strategic advantage. Today’s IP cameras and monitoring software make it easy for any small business to manage its own surveillance. But before you aim any cameras at your front door or shop floor, make sure you carefully consider all of the legal ramifications of setting up video surveillance. There are more legal ”gotchas“ than just what you can and cannot record.

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When Are You Adding a CVO to Mahogany Row?

What’s a CVO?  A Chief Video Officer. A senior officer in your bank who is responsible for developing your video strategy, executing on that strategy and measuring and reporting its results. Read More »

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Go Mobile With Your Video Surveillance System

New apps and remote access tools let you monitor your IP-based video cameras any where, any time.

Until recently, you had two options for 24-hour video surveillance of your business. You could install an on-site video surveillance solution and monitor the video in shifts, or you could hire a security company to provide surveillance around the clock from its facility. Neither of those options are particularly viable solutions for most small companies. Thanks to IP network cameras, the Internet and mobile devices, though, you now have a third option for continuous surveillance. With video cameras installed on site and connected to the Internet via your IP network, you can use remote access tools and mobile applications to easily monitor your business at any hour and from any location.

Because an IP-based video surveillance system puts your video cameras and monitoring software online on your network, the solution can deliver a variety of access capabilities, including real-time streaming video, email alerts, and remote control capabilities. For example, you can keep an eye on the cash register from your desktop while working in the back office. Or, you can receive email alerts to your smartphone if a camera captures someone walking into your server closet.

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