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Smart City Case Study

Campbell PD uses Innovative Technology to Help Address Park Shooting

Campbell PD uses Innovative Technology to Help Address Park Shooting
  • 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

Campbell PD Captures Two Armed Felons in Two Weeks

Campbell PD Captures Two Armed Felons in Two Weeks
  • Organization :

    The Campbell Police Department serves a small, peaceful community of 42,000 in the heart of Silicon Valley. Though it has a history of embracing new technology, the department has a slim budget and limited resources for new expenditures.

  • Challenge :

    Swiftly responding to repeated night shooting incidents by suspected felons returning to their favorite spot, without endangering the citizens or officers and without assigning unnecessary and expensive overtime.

  • Solution :

    Immediate re-deployment of innovative self-powered, portable units. The OnSight unit with License Plate Reader, enabled quick and easy security technology that captured incriminating information as the case unfolded. Securing this technology on a short-term rental allowed Campbell PD to add a layer of safety for their officers rapidly and cost-effectively.

  • Results :

    Within two weeks, two felons were caught on the OnSight LPR with perfect evidentiary surveillance detail to make the detectives’ case in court. The suspect’s car was identified and tracked via its license plate, leading to the arrest of both dangerous suspects, and closing not only this case in Campbell but a cold case in a neighboring town.

Smart City Case Study

Illegal Dumping Drops to Zero for Silicon Valley City

Illegal Dumping Drops to Zero for Silicon Valley City
  • 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.

Higher Education Case Study

University Added License Plate Readers for Commencement In 4 Short Hours

University Added License Plate Readers for Commencement In 4 Short Hours
  • Organization :

    This SoCal University is an important, busy institution of higher learning that promotes innovation both in the classroom and in how it ensures student safety. The University intends to ensure that its many temporary events, especially the high-traffic ones, have proactive security to prevent and mitigate potential tragedies.

  • Challenge :

    SoCal University was hosting a beloved, but controversial, speaker at its commencement, an event attended by tens of thousands of people. Because of the sensitive nature of the speaker’s presence, our security team wanted to secure all vulnerable areas on campus. Nearly 10 public thoroughfares that provide access into the university were not yet secured, with only 6 weeks to go before the event.

  • Solution :

    Jerry, the Campus Physical Security Program Manager, found V5 Systems’ suite of self-powered, portable security solutions. An innovator, Jerry decided to use the V5 License Plate Reader (V5 LPR) to secure the eight thoroughfares into campus, areas where traditional power infrastructure did not exist. The installation of the V5 LPRs took only 4 hours to complete.

  • Results :

    In addition to its pre-existing security plan that had been in the works for over a year, SoCal University was able to deploy the V5 Systems solution in 4 hours, saving SCU nearly half a million dollars in trenching fees.

Higher Education Case Study

SJSU Expands Outdoor Security For Students And Faculty While Avoiding Expensive Trenching Costs

SJSU Expands Outdoor Security For Students And Faculty While Avoiding Expensive Trenching Costs
  • Organization :

    SJSU Police Department covers San Jose State University, the oldest public university in California, as well as one of the largest in the California State University system. Its sprawling campus covers 19 city blocks, and, with more than 33,000 faculty, students and staff, SJSU is virtually a city unto itself. The small police department has the daunting task of protecting this large, open campus in the heart of a major urban center.

  • Challenge :

    With only 30 full-time police officers tasked with providing safety for more than 33,000 faculty, students and staff across an enormous open campus in the heart of a major city, the University Police Department needed a way to monitor and react to dangerous situations in real time.

  • Solution :

    The UPD deployed V5 Acoustic Gunshot Sensors and V5 Portable Security Units: wireless, portable, self-powered devices that detect and localize any source of gunfire, as well as providing HD video, giving SJSU PD “eyes and ears” where none had been available.

  • Results :

    The V5 Portable Security Unit provided real-time video that has given the UPD a complete picture of the sprawling campus and has already resulted in the identification and prosecution of a suspect wanted for assault, as well as a car prowler — all without the costs normally incurred from digging power-line trenches or obtaining construction permits. The V5 Acoustic Gunshot Sensor grants students, parents, the Police Department and SJSU peace of mind that they’re employing the best available technology to keep campus prepared in case of an active shooter event.

Smart City Case Study

Bay Area PD Nabs Moving Serial Shooter

Bay Area PD Nabs Moving Serial Shooter
  • Organization :

    This Silicon Valley city with a large suburban population is typically considered a safe city, with a high quality of life. However, with many residents and neighborhoods, the police force is often stretched thin. When there is a fast-moving, nimble threat, the city’s proactive officers deploy tools that function as force multipliers.

  • Challenge :

    A Silicon Valley city was terrorized by a serial shooter who fired at moving vehicles over a period of four months. The shooter would target the drivers hitting several doors of moving vehicles. Based on the location of the shell casings, the culprit was using a pistol and his shots were dangerously accurate. As a result, the detectives felt it was just a matter of time before he would cause a serious injury or a fatality.

  • Solution :

    The Silicon Valley PD quickly implemented V5 Acoustic Gunshot Sensors (V5 GSL) and V5 Portable Security Units (V5 PSUs) in different locations where previous shootings had occurred. The units could relay live video and gunshot localization information they captured directly to any smart device, a feature that ensured the police would be able to respond to developments in real-time.

  • Results :

    Within a month, officers were able to move the units 12 times, allowing them to ultimately home in and catch the serial shooter. The combination of dedicated detectives and V5 Systems technology had prevented the serious injury or death of innocent civilians. The suspect is now facing 10 counts of attempted murder.

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