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SMART CITY CASE STUDY

Sink or Swim? Santa Clara Decides to Solve Urban Flooding Instead

Sink or Swim? Santa Clara Decides to Solve Urban Flooding Instead
  • Organization :

    Jay Lee and Jim Chaote, Field Construction Supervisors for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, responsible for the County’s many waterways, unclog debris and monitor sites in order to limit the effects of urban flooding, which place communities at extreme risk, especially the most vulnerable.

  • Challenge :

    With high economic growth, burgeoning populations are creating pressure, moving into flood-prone areas and creating additional debris that affects waterways. The District needed a way to proactively monitor and address clogging and rising water levels; it also needed a system to provide residents, especially the County’s homeless, additional time to evacuate in the case of an emergency.

  • Solution :

    The District decided to install OnSight Portable Surveillance Units along waterways that had been covered by an unreliable system of old cameras cobbled together in a ‘network’. The district mounted the units on steel poles that had supported the old network. Deploying the new technology took less than 30 minutes per unit. Each unit is self-powered, relying on a proprietary solar, battery and power management system.

  • Results :

    With reliable, 24/7 video streaming, Lee says the OnSight gives staff more time to get the word out to vulnerable populations in homeless encampments, protect property, get people out of harm’s way, respond to illegal dumping in waterways, and avoid public health issues. At the same time, crews can monitor conditions remotely. This not only saves manpower, but also keeps public employees out of harm’s way.

 

SMART CITY CASE STUDY

Converting New Tech Into Sales

Converting New Tech Into Sales
  • Organization :

    Jess Rodriguez, a seasoned systems reseller, has worked closely with a Silicon Valley city for many years providing security and other services.

  • Challenge :

    With high growth, illegal dumping, graffiti and water monitoring became a significant challenge for the City. City officials needed a quick, cost-effective way to combat what had morphed into a million dollar-a-year headache.

  • Solution :

    With the V5 Systems self-powered platform, Rodriguez was able to address all the City’s needs. He immediately deployed OnSight Portable License Plate Readers, which provides 24/7 video surveillance and captures license plate data.

  • Results :

    The portability of the OnSight unit with coupled surveillance and license plate capture has allowed the City to keep addressing the problem, no matter where it happens. As a certified V5 Systems installer, Rodriguez is able to offer redeployment services whenever the City needs. With a short sales cycle, Rodriguez can deploy more solutions faster while customers realize benefits right off the bat.

Sporting Venue Case Study

When 8 Seconds Is Too Long

When 8 Seconds Is Too Long
  • Organization :

    A local police department charged with securing an annual family-oriented, world-class outdoor event, spread over 40 acres, for a crowd of over 550,000 (five times the population of the town), over a period of 10 days.

  • Challenge :

    To prevent a targeted Las Vegas-style gunshot massacre by eliminating delays in pinpointing the exact location of a shooter immediately, with actionable data to coordinate response from on-site patrols and 911-dispatched back-up to mitigate further damage and injury to thousands of innocent event attendees fleeing for their lives, all with a limited small-city budget.

  • Solution :

    Deployment of the V5 Acoustic Gunshot Sensor (GSL): the world’s first wireless, portable, self-powered gunshot detection/location system with real-time alerts. It can be easily configured and installed anywhere in under 30 minutes, then re-deployed again as needed.

  • Results :

    The officers in charge monitored record-breaking crowds with ease and confidence, using smartphone apps to receive text alerts, complementing existing video-surveillance cameras, and successfully extending their security perimeter to keep their visitors safe, secure, and having such a good time they’re sure to return next year.

ENERGY INDUSTRY CASE STUDY

Quick, Intelligent Security Built for the Extremes

Quick, Intelligent Security Built for the Extremes
  • Organization :

    An oil company recently expanded its operations into distant locations and was now the target of motivated vandals. It needed to protect the perimeter of even its non-hazardous facilities.

  • Challenge :

    To reduce spending $200,000 a day for vulnerable manned security spread across far-flung, inhospitable terrain, yielding unsatisfactory results.

  • Solution :

    Deployment of the V5 Portable Security Unit: a self-contained, solar-powered surveillance-and-detection platform that can be installed in under 30 minutes per unit at even the most remote and extreme locations.

  • Results :

    The oil company gained real-time visibility over hundreds of miles of remote pipeline, in under 3 months – while cutting the costs of maintaining onsite security by nearly $70 million annually. Instances of vandalism have since dropped off to zero.

Smart City Case Study

Same-day smart security to nab a suspect

Same-day smart security to nab a suspect
  • Organization :

    The Campbell Police Department serves a small, peaceful community of 42,000. Though it had a history of embracing new technology, the department has a fixed budget and limited case_studies for new expenditures.

  • Challenge :

    A city park in Campbell, California was being taken over by criminals at night, who were using trash receptacles for target practice. Shell casings found at the scene linked the gun with an attempted homicide in a nearby city. The Campbell PD needed to apprehend the shooters without placing officers at risk for a violent confrontation.

  • Solution :

    The Campbell Police Department signed a short-term rental agreement with V5 Systems, outfitting the park with V5 Acoustic Gunshot Sensors with Video (V5 GSL), as well as the V5 Portable Security Unit (V5 PSU), and V5 License Plate Readers (V5 PSU-LPR) for seven weeks — all at one-fourth the cost of paying officers to stake out the park.

  • Results :

    During the seven weeks in which the V5 units were deployed in the park, the rate of shooting incidents fell to zero.

Smart City Case Study

Portable Technology Helps City Prevent Illegal Dumping

Portable Technology Helps City Prevent Illegal Dumping
  • Organization :

    This Silicon Valley city is a growing hub that seeks innovative and environmentally-sound solutions to the challenges they face today. The City seeks to improve the quality of life for residents and support continued growth by adapting to population changes and addressing environmental needs.

  • Challenge :

    With high growth, illegal dumping, graffiti and water monitoring became a significant challenge for the City. The city considered installing signage and cameras, but with roughly 200 hotspots of illegal dumping identified, these cameras created additional infrastructure costs to provide an adequate power supply that it couldn’t afford. The City needed something that could be quickly deployed with minimal disturbance to the environment and at an efficient price-point.

  • Solution :

    V5 Systems provided the City with V5 Portable LPR Security Units (V5 PSU-LPR), solar-powered, portable surveillance solutions. These solutions require no added infrastructure besides a pole for placement, creating a minimal footprint and offering sufficient coverage for areas the city identified as hotspots in need of regular, real-time monitoring.

  • Results :

    These units give the City a lightweight, wireless device with live video streaming, license plate reading, real-time alerts and HD video storage. Because of the inherent portability, these devices can be moved rapidly to secure new hotspots. Because of their turnkey nature, they completely superseded fragmented traditional security, driving down service calls to zero. In fact, the units paid for themselves within a handful of citations.

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