Author: Joe Oliveri, Vice President, General Manager, Security, Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions, North America
Published: Thu, Jan 25, 2018

With different transportation authorities owning the underground subway platform cameras at each of the subway stations, an ever-growing city found the need to improve their security standards to make video surveillance more effective throughout the municipality. For example, some of the subway stations were on a university campus and utilized by students. Since the university does not own the platform security cameras, the job of campus security proved to be more difficult and required a tight collaboration between the university and city law enforcement. The city looked to Tyco Integrated Security, now Johnson Controls, to identify a collaborative approach to support the public safety stakeholders in the city and protect overlapping properties.

The Solution: An Integrated Video Surveillance Approach

Johnson Controls implemented a city-wide video surveillance platform to help ensure that individual jurisdiction platforms worked in collaboration with each other. By leveraging combined video surveillance assets, the city-wide platform connects and unites state, local, federal and independent business camera feeds. It utilizes a feature known as “federation,” which allows public and private entities to make use of each other’s cameras. The federation design is powerful because it allows the owner of the camera the flexibility to dictate how and when assets are shared. One may choose to share the video at all times, while another may decide to only share during a crisis.

In the subway station example, the connected video surveillance platform is owned by a transportation authority, but now the federation integration enables university security to have access to the cameras twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, university security can keep an eye on students in the subway stations and have a faster response rate in the case of an emergency.

The Result: Improved Public Safety

Johnson Controls installs, services and maintains the entire video surveillance structure and, in addition, supports the sharing of information between federal agencies to promote public safety efforts. This collaborative approach is widespread and growing as the integration of video feeds with public and private entities benefits residents and law enforcement alike. Today, the city’s stakeholders have the technology they need to ensure overlapping properties are intelligent, safe and secure.

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