SourceSecurity.com has asked:
When does it make sense to share video from private video surveillance systems with citywide systems? What are the technical and/or privacy hurdles to sharing video more widely?
David King, Senior Key Account Manager, City Surveillance & Critical Infrastructure, Milestone Systems, answered:
The number-one topic in surveillance is that cities and agencies want to be able to access video and utilize cameras from the private sector. In the event of an emergency, law enforcement wants to access any video possible and bring it to their command centers so they can respond appropriately. In the Milestone Community, we’re working on projects where we use a Law Enforcement Video Gateway, which is a server that is paired with a recorder at a given location. The server stores a couple of hours of video, then when either a duress button is pressed or a 911 call comes in from that location, law enforcement is granted access to the recorded and live video at the location. In respect to privacy parameters, law enforcement can only access video when an event happens at that location. Cameras can also be designated as only available at certain times of day, or only during public events.