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Atlanta City Council votes to buy $2.25M in security cameras
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October 15, 2012 06:30 PM | 2745 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a news release Monday, the Atlanta City Council announced its agreement to purchase 112 cameras, at a cost of $2.25 million, on behalf of the Atlanta Police Department 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. Zone 2, which covers Buckhead, will get only four cameras, Lt. Leanne Browning wrote in an email, but it already has 11. The 11 cameras were provided by the Buckhead Community Improvement District and Carlos Campos, a police spokesman, wrote in an email the department hopes in the future to get more cameras in addition to the four just approved by the council.

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

The cost of the state-of-art, wireless, mesh-network cameras will include consulting, training and installation. The winning bidder was the Avrio RMS Group, a Carrick Bend Co. 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 online. It enables Atlanta police to provide domain awareness for both public and private sector cameras via analytical software.

In other news, the council 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 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.

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

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