|[December 11, 2012]
Criminals 'Caught on Camera' by Mission Police Department Using Firetide Wireless Video Surveillance System
MISSION, Texas --(Business Wire)--
Inc., the leading provider of high-performance wireless
infrastructure mesh networks, today announced that the City of Mission,
TX Police Department has successfully completed phase two deployment of
Firetide's (News - Alert) 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.
Armed robberies, vandalism, and police pursuits have been caught on
MPD's wireless video surveillance system that is playing a key role in
the arrest of criminals and improving the city's safety. The system,
designed and deployed by Houston-based systems integrator Teksys Inc.,
uses Firetide's wireless infrastructure mesh equipment and a combination
of Axis (News - Alert) and Sony video cameras which are monitored in real-time, 24x7 by
"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., Mission Police Department'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 Firetide wireless system
has grown considerably from the original six mesh node system, to the
current 33 mesh node wireless network. MPD chose Firetide's wireless
infrastructure mesh system over a fiber-based solution because it
provides the equivalent functionality and performance at a much lower
cost and gives them the flexibility to move and place cameras when and
where they are needed most. The new expansion includes 27 outdoor HotPort
7020 mesh nodes which form the wireless network and a combination of
23 fixed, point-tilt-zoom (PTZ) and thermal imaging cameras from Sony
and Axis Communications. 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.
The live video feeds are sent to a primary MPD viewing station where
designated watch commanders, police officers, and 911 dispatchers can
monitor cameras around the clock. While most of the success stories were
real-time apprehensions of criminals by police alerted to an incident by
a 911 dispatcher, many are also after-the-fact apprehensions that result
from reviewing video recordings stored on the system. For example, one
recording helped identify a suspect targeting copper, wood, and
construction materials in a new development area of town.
"We chose to partner with Firetide because they have proven that they
deliver the industry's best performing wireless solution for video
surveillance. We have deployed more than 1,000 Firetide wireless mesh
nodes for our customers over the past three years with excellent
results," said David Madrigal, president of Teksys Wireless Solutions.
"The flexibility, performance, reliability, and advanced features of
their infrastructure make it a perfect fit for the Mission Police and
other public safety, municipal and industrial installations."
"The success of the surveillance system in Mission, TX serves as an
example to other cities of the tangible benefits a high performance
wireless infrastructure can provide for law enforcement and public
safety officials," said Duane Zitzner, chief executive officer of
Firetide. "Wireless greatly speeds deployment and simplifies
installation, allowing cities to deploy many more cameras in remote,
high-crime locations at a much lower cost than a conventional wired
About Firetide Inc.
Firetide is the leading provider of wireless infrastructure mesh
networks that enable concurrent video, voice, and data applications for
municipal, public safety, government, transportation and industrial
customers worldwide. Firetide is unmatched in providing
reliable, high-performance wireless infrastructure mesh and access
solutions for video surveillance, Internet access, public safety and
temporary networks wherever rapid deployment, mobility and ease of
installation are required. Headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., Firetide
is a privately held company with thousands of customers in more than 40
countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.firetide.com
or follow Firetide on Twitter (News - Alert) at http://twitter.com/#!/firetide).
About Teksys Inc.
Teksys is driving the globalization of mobile communications by
providing best-in-class wireless solutions and services for business,
municipal, public safety, and government through thought leadership,
technology integration, custom applications, and 24/7 customer support.
We create new possibilities that are meaningful to people, business and
governments. Headquartered in Houston, TX, Teksys Inc. is a privately
held company. For more information visit the company web site at www.teksys.com.
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