Mexico. A reduction in crime rates is being registered in the Mexican state, after the update and modernization of the video surveillance system of the Executive Commission of the State Public Security System (CESESP).
The initiative included the installation of 800 cameras managed using Milestone Systems' XProtect Corporate VMS. The system was integrated with the BriefCam platform to improve responsiveness with data-driven video technology.
"Flexibility, scalability and a strict adjustment to the budget were the main requirements for this critical and statewide project," said Maximino Hernández Pulido, executive commissioner of the State Public Security System.
"We considered a variety of proposals and vendors, but in the end we followed the advice of our integrator, Digital Information Systems (SDI), and selected Milestone Systems' XProtect Corporate," he added.
Technology for citizen security
The new cameras (in addition to the 400 that were already in service) were installed at key monitoring points such as shopping and business centers, main roads, highways and parks in the different municipalities of the state.
These are Hanwha Vision cameras, including the XNP-6400R fixed and PTZ models, as well as the XNO-6080R network infrared bullet camera. These devices reach any angle, capture events and track objects accurately. Bosch equipment was also installed, including Autodome mobile cameras and Dinion bullet cameras; as well as cameras of the brands Hikvision and Pelco.
"Since state officials relied on the 24/7 video system, the upgrade was gradual and without downtime. The new cameras were integrated into the Milestone platform and the previous systems gradually disappeared," said Isaac Sánchez Morales, SDI engineer.
"The XProtect Corporate open platform VMS allowed us to leverage our existing cameras and servers and integrate new equipment and devices, making the process very efficient and cost-effective."
Shortening response times
The state C4 Control and Command Center has a centralized monitoring room, with a wall with 24 video screens, where several professionals operate 24 hours a day. The C4 also houses the servers for HP and Lenovo systems.
The new system is integrated with BriefCam Video Analytics to gain better situational awareness and optimize operational intelligence when searching for videos, setting alerts and visualizing data.
Thus, the integrated solution detects, identifies and classifies video metadata to find missing persons and investigate vandalism, theft, assaults, accidents, injuries or acts of violence, through heat maps, dashboards and visualizations.
"Operators can trigger real-time alerts, based on complex object classifications and filter combinations to increase situational awareness. This means that the authorities can react to events as they unfold," explained SDI's engineer Sánchez Morales.
In addition, he indicated that the BriefCam RESPOND solution allows the use of object characteristics (vehicle, person or animal) and license plate recognition tools to trigger rule-based alerts, which drives proactive policing.
After the update, carrier thefts were down 93%, while vehicle thefts decreased 22.5%. In the future, it is expected that each municipality will have a local VMS, integrated into the state platform through Milestone Interconnect.
"The solution integrated through Milestone produces a robust, efficient and secure system that provides all the necessary tools for the operation of C4 video surveillance," concluded Executive Commissioner Hernández Pulido.