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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As one of the largest universities in California, UCLA’s Housing & Hospitality Services supports the school’s academic mission by providing a variety of accommodations designed to enrich students’ overall college experience. With a growing student body, the university is in the process of adding 1,500 bed spaces and renovating existing residence halls. With more students being housed, the more security is needed. The department is responsible for security monitoring campus housing.
The Housing Department was preparing for move-in weekend, the biggest weekend for the department. Thousands of students, parents and visitors are on campus are on hand as students settle into their living spaces. The department wanted to install new security cameras in time for move-in weekend, however, the places they needed the cameras didn’t have an available power source and trenching wouldn’t be cost-effective. They needed an easy to install, wireless solution that they could implement in time for students’ arrival.
V5 Systems provided a portable solution with its V5 Portable Power Units (V5 PPU) that provide power for video surveillance in blind spots around campus housing. The units were installed with Axis Communications cameras in areas where the university normally was unable to monitor because of the lack of a power source. The company also provided units the university will use for temporary security needs during special events and in construction areas.
With video surveillance in place, UCLA’s Housing Department was able to quickly install security solutions in advance of the hectic move-in weekend. The surveillance has also enabled them to catch several incidents in a month, such as theft and vehicular accidents.
Saturday night football is popular in the Bay Area, and a local university stadium is often packed with attendees. The event area, including its parking lots,is not covered by video surveillance because of issues with access to power and communications.
A large group of people in the overflow parking lot started to riot. When campus police attempted to intervene, the crowd refused to leave and began to throw rocks and bottles at the officers. The situation was dangerous for both officers, bystanders and rioters, but the police didn’t the situational awareness necessary to control the crowd.
V5 Portable Security Units (V5 PSUs) were positioned at the college stadium strategically to detect problems and identify suspects. When fully configured, each unit is packaged in a compact, lightweight enclosure weighing just 25 pounds, allowing for easy and rapid event management.
Following the deployment, there were no more unruly incidents in the parking area during the remainder of the football season or to date. The units have also assisted in the prevention of many crimes, including assault and battery, sexual assault, arson and bike theft.
At the heart of California’s busiest traffic corridor, Hayward’s downtown has been in the midst of a total makeover. In order to promoted business development, the city needed to make the downtown an attractive, safe place for businesses and patrons alike.
Situated near the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), vandalism, theft and drug dealing thrived in the city center because of the ease of escape for criminals. After researching traditional security camera solutions, city planners discovered a variety of limitations, including power requirements; they were completely unable to access city light-poles in the area.
Hayward’s city council and police department turned to the V5 Portable Security Unit (V5 PSU) to help realize a safer cultural hub, freed from the limitations of expensive fixed surveillance. Hayward PD could deploy and redeploy these self-powered units in locations that were difficult to protect before.
Hayward was able to avoid nearly $750K per mile in trenching fees and saw a 60% drop in service calls for crime within the first 3 months. Hayward can now refocus on a revitalization that promises a more beautiful, prosperous future.
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