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City of Houston, High-Performance Wireless Mesh Network Improves Public Safety in Downtown Houston


The Customer
The City of Houston Texas is the economic center of the sixth largest metropolitan area in the U.S., and home to 2.1 million people. Recognized worldwide as a global center for energy, shipping, healthcare, and space exploration, Houston is also the home of leading universities and has been acknowledged by Forbes and Kiplinger magazines as a "best" city for business and quality of life.

The Challenge
Video cameras linked to a central command area can help improve public safety by providing more virtual eyes on the street and enable faster dispatch of public safety personnel where and when they are needed. Surveillance of a wide area can make a real difference in holding down costs while improving public safety and response times.

Using a Urban Areas Security Initiative (USAI) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Houston has deployed Firetide’s HotPort Wireless Mesh network to enable highdefinition video surveillance of 134 downtown intersections. A 24x7 command center uses video information to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the city's public safety personnel and resources. In addition to the city's police and fire personnel, transit system police and park security staff use the surveillance system. Video feeds are also stored for use as effective evidence in court, further reducing time and expense for prosecuting cases, and saving taxpayer dollars.

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