Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Atlanta City Council agrees to purchase 112 cameras to enhance public safety/homeland security

ATLANTA – Crime prevention and homeland security got a significant boost today after the Atlanta City Council agreed to purchase 112 cameras on behalf of the Atlanta Police Department (APD) for the Operation Shield Precinct Infrastructure Development Initiative.

Ninety-two cameras will be installed in Zone 5, which encompasses much of downtown and Midtown Atlanta, with the remaining 20 cameras evenly distributed among Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.

The purchase was approved by a vote of 15-0.

The state of art wireless mesh network cameras, including consulting, training, and installation will cost $2.25 million. The winning bidder was the Avrio RMS Group, a Carrick Bend Company. The company is a national leader in internet protocol equipment for the public safety agencies across the country.

Operation Shield seeks to leverage existing camera infrastructure installed by private entities throughout the city, ensuring a comprehensive and robust network that will eventually include thousands of cameras using both wireless and fiber optic infrastructure throughout the city.

The benefits of Operation Shield include real-time information sharing and availability to first responders, crime reduction in high crime areas, improved overall response times and improved threat detection and/or attack prevention.

The Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Police Foundation, in partnership with the Atlanta Security Council, Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and Midtown Alliance launched Operation Shield in April 2007. 

In September 2011, the Operation Shield Video Integration Center also came on-line. It enables APD to provide domain awareness for both public and private sector cameras via analytical software. 

In other news, the Atlanta City Council on Monday approved an ordinance by a vote of 13-1 authorizing the renaming of Henry Ford, II Avenue/South Central Avenue to Porsche Avenue. Porsche has chosen Atlanta as the site for its new $100 million state-of-the-art North American headquarters.

A complete list of items on the City Council’s agenda can be viewed in their entirety on the Web at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/2012/fca1015.htm


All adopted legislative items and any amendments to those items or substitute papers can be viewed at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Captions/default.asp


City Council minutes can be viewed at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Minutes2.htm


Archived video of Atlanta City Council meetings can be viewed at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Video.htm