We often think of “C4ISR” (Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) as an essential component of our overseas defense operations—and it surely is. But C4ISR is just as important domestically, ensuring timely, integrated, and cohesive responses to natural disasters, terrorist attacks, robberies, or other crimes of violence in our cities and towns.

The safety of our urban environments requires a complete, integrated, and real-time view of a landscape just as dense and complicated as any battlespace. Most importantly, this ability to “see the whole picture” and quickly communicate it to others must be shared by all of the federal, state, and local officials—police, fire crews, first-aid responders, hazardous materials teams, and others—who must manage these crises.

If this sounds hard, well—it is. Too many of our urban video surveillance networks rely on relatively small arrays of stationary video cameras, often owned and operated by separate agencies without coordination between first responders, and are thus unable to share vital information in real time. Likewise, the inability of the various communications devices these teams use to “talk” to each other remains a persistent challenge.

But there’s good news: with the advent of sensor-based, high-bandwidth wireless communication technologies, comprehensive, mobile video surveillance solutions can now span across the public and private networks that comprise a city’s public safety infrastructure, enabling quick and cohesive responses to disasters, attacks, or other crises—and help to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Moreover, these solutions can also be integrated with existing urban video surveillance and emergency response infrastructure. Video surveillance monitoring, data visualization, and management have to occur in real-time, synthesizing and sharing information from multiple sources, simultaneously, over protected but commonly accessible networks open to all authorized personnel. The end goal of any such solution should be a fluid, self-forming, self-healing, and dynamic network capable of adjusting in rapidly changing communications and mobile situations.

LGS Innovations has recently been demonstrating this kind of comprehensive, sensor- and video-centric solution to urban managers in several states. We’re integrating base station routers, sensors, and wireless video surveillance communications technologies to enable real-time monitoring of voice, video, tagging, tracking, and cellular locational data. We then support the real-time distribution of that data to local, metropolitan, and wide-area networks.
Not surprisingly, we’re seeing a lot of interest from federal, state, and local government agencies. Take a look—and click here to learn more about the entire suite of LGS video surveillance and teleconferencing solutions.

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