The Solution Part 1: Get the Big Picture With Hitachi Visualization
The city looked at camera systems that were implemented elsewhere in order to help shape the scope of work for its own request for proposal. After thoroughly evaluating proposals from potential solution vendors, Moreno Valley selected Hitachi Visualization to realize its substantial safety goals. The solution was based on Hitachi Visualization Platform (HVP) edge-capture devices and Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVS) software.
Hitachi Visualization Platform
HVP devices include high-definition video cameras with analytics, and intelligent gateways for third-party video integration and live streaming. The gateways act as data ingest services for any external sensor data, and include powerful workflow capabilities. All Hitachi devices are ruggedized to endure variable weather conditions and remain securely mounted.
Hitachi Visualization Suite
HVS is unique, cloud-based software ideal for capitalizing on rapid response and actionable data intelligence in the event of emergency or crisis. Designed to seamlessly integrate any video and data resources, HVS enables users to leverage and view just about any layer, from computer aided dispatch (CAD) or 911 systems, license-plate recognition and gunshot sensors and private-camera systems to traffic systems, radar and incident databases. All the layers or systems are then displayed, along with any real-time alert and live video feeds, on an intuitive, map-based screen that is viewable in various formats, from the cloud or on-premises. Unlike most security management systems, Hitachi Visualization works as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, enabling turnkey deployment and a comprehensive, flexible, end-to-end solution for improving situational awareness.
The solution was implemented during a 10-month period and initially included 212 cameras mounted throughout the city. Using the three-cluster configurations, two cameras are fixed at a location to consistently record north-south or east-west views while the third camera in the cluster is a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera. The cluster design offers a better opportunity to capture event details that might otherwise be missed. For city parks, there is no standard deployment strategy due to the uniqueness of each park layout. Some of the cameras are combined with speakers to allow MVPD staff to remotely communicate to park users, and in some cases, abusers.
“The inclusion of a speaker on camera has an impact on those who may not be using park facilities in an appropriate manner. It’s also incredibly effective as a police force multiplier for the department. Viewing multiple parks from a remote viewing room is obviously much more effective than dispatching officers whenever someone may be needed at the park,” notes Hargis.
Video footage from parks and intersections is streamed to the police department’s viewing room and also to the traffic management center, located just inside City of Moreno Valley City Hall. Hitachi Visualization was integrated with two existing technology networks so far, for that whole-city resource.
“Hitachi Visualization allows us to monitor traffic in real time as we adjust the signal timing. We have central control software for both traffic management and emergency vehicle preemption. Now we can see exactly what’s happening, what resources to deploy, and make any changes on the fly,” details Eric Lewis, traffic engineer for the City of Moreno Valley.