In Albuquerque, New Mexico, summertime is accompanied by a rise in violent crimes such as shootings, stabbings, and burglaries. To help cut down on the summer crime increase, the Albuquerque Police Department set-up mobile surveillance cameras in parks around the city. But these weren’t your average surveillance cameras. Police officers could access their cameras from their mobile devices to view live images and remotely control the cameras, employing them during time-sensitive, critical situations such as negotiations with hostage-takers or other Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) emergencies.
In less urgent situations, the cameras come with a 4G wireless signal, sending images and videos back to the Real Time Crime Center for further analysis, and combining their footage with the over 100 traffic cameras and 300 private cameras positioned throughout the city. The surveillance units were also equipped with flood lights and a public address system, enabling the police to interact in real-time with any would-be troublemakers and prevent crime virtually. Along with the new technology came clear governance around camera usage, which has led to a strong public support and privacy protections for citizens.