Photo: Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown came into office in 2006 pledging to reduce his city's crime rate. Today, two years later, city police are using a wireless video surveillance system that goes well beyond traditional security cameras. The rapidly deployable, real-time video surveillance solution from Firetide and Avrio Group helped police make their first five arrests while the installation was still in progress. The suspects were caught on camera burglarizing a convenience store just 10 hours after the police camera was installed nearby.

"The response to this program has been positive from day one as citizens have seen an immediate impact from it," said Brown. "We plan to expand the system with 40 additional cameras by the end of the year."

"Any police department in the country considering video surveillance should ask themselves why not go wireless," said Police Capt. Mark Makowski, Buffalo Police Department. "I'm convinced it is the way of the future. With a wireless network, we can put cameras where they are most needed, and it's a capability that most cities and police departments can afford."

Buffalo's new system allows the police department to be more proactive instead of responding reactively to 9-1-1 calls. Additionally, police officers are better prepared when approaching a situation because an officer operating the network camera provides details about exactly what is occurring at that particular scene.

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