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Below see an excerpt from Police Chief Magazine’s interview with Vidsys Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Alliances, Roberto Mandanas.
Cloud computing has opened up a host of new possibilities for many industries, and law enforcement is no exception. The technology, which, in its current form, ascended to popularity in the mid-2000s, provides a service that is not unlike renting space in a storage facility. The cloud lets users store data in large server networks, thus allowing those users to keep information in tan area outside their own networks. The large amount of storage the cloud provides brings better speed, convenience, efficiency, and flexibility to users who would be hard pressed to provide such capacities on their own.
For the law enforcement sector, the cloud can be used for everything from high-level strategy to everyday operations. In all cases, expenses over time can be higher than they are for non-cloud solutions (think renting versus buying), but cloud providers say that the investment is more than returned with improved and streamlined functions.
A Wider Lens
Cameras and other surveillance equipment are commonplace in many cities. Even so, it can be difficult for law enforcement to tap into the right resource, at the right place, and at the right time. Converged Security Information Management (CSIM) is a cloud-oriented solution created by Vidsys, a software company based in Vienna, Virginia, and it empowers police to solve this challenge. CSIM helps agencies collect, analyze, verify, resolve, and track information. Users also can determine ahead of time what data should be included or excluded in a given search, with searches occurring based on time, location, or frequency, among other factors. “It takes data from a variety of sources—it could be a camera, it could be closed caption TV, it could be something else,” said Roberto Mandanas, Vidsys’ vice president of strategic marketing and alliances. “We integrate it, organize it, and make it actionable. It’s true situation management.”
The software is programmed to identify potential situations and then present those data points to a command center operator. Authorized users can access CSIM from any Internet-connected device for maximum real-time situational awareness. According to Mandanas, CSIM has potential applications across both law enforcement and public safety. “It could be a shot fired, or it could be a lost child,” Mandanas said. “The screen comes up, and you can click to see all the assets around [a given location]. There would be a map of cameras around where a gunshot took place and then you can form an action plan. It gives you a dynamic, step-by-step plan to manage the incident.”
See the full article here.