New conference looks at municipal video surveillance

Atlanta, GA (Jan. 12, 2010) - More and more cities and towns across the United States are turning toward video cameras mounted on street lights, power poles and the sides of buildings to enhance public safety and law enforcement programs. In Downtown Atlanta, for example, the installation of municipal surveillance technology has been linked to a 34-percent reduction in the area's major crimes over the last two years. Chicago has close to 3,000 cameras and a number of gunshot detection sensors deployed to help provide visual awareness for managing emergencies and to aid in the investigations of crimes.

Addressing this trend of adding municipal video surveillance (sometimes also called "crime camera systems") is Secured Cities, a new conference from Cygnus Business Media. The conference will be held May 10-11, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga., at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in the city's downtown district. The event is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on municipal surveillance for use in crime prevention and investigation, and for emergencies -- enabling police, fire and EMS to be directed quickly to where they are needed. Secured Cities is designed around the needs of city managers, law enforcement leaders, government IT administrators, systems integrators and security executives who are operating, developing or implementing municipal video systems used for security, and law enforcement.

Secured Cities will feature seminars from experts with experience on implementing and operating municipal surveillance systems. Key topics including budgeting and funding, privacy concerns, video monitoring, deploying technology, video's impact on crime, audio/gunshot detection, and legal concerns surrounding such projects.

"Municipal surveillance is one of the fastest growing segments in the security industry," said conference director Geoffrey Kohl, who also serves as editor-in-chief of security industry news publication SecurityInfoWatch.com. "These camera systems provide local leaders with an impartial witness when used to investigate crimes. Having access to live video provides cities greater situational awareness for managing situations such as emergencies or large gatherings. Many law enforcement departments are finding that city cameras can be a force multiplier; cameras can provide virtual 'boots on the ground.'"

During the conference municipal leaders, city managers and public safety personnel will have the chance to talk with and learn from a variety of seasoned municipal surveillance veterans. As the conclusion of the conference on the second day, attendees will be able to see the ins-and-outs of a real-world municipal camera system; the conference will feature a tour of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District's municipal surveillance project, including the camera monitoring center and on-street camera locations.

Secured Cities is being hosted by SecurityInfoWatch.com, Security Technology Executive magazine, Security Dealer & Integrator magazine, Officer.com, Law Enforcement Product News magazine, Law Enforcement Technology magazine and Enforcement Expos. For more information, visit www.SecuredCities.com. While on the website for Secured Cities, add your name to our mailing list (right side of homepage) to stay up-to-date as details are announced about this new conference, or use the 2011 registration form to register for the conference, May 10-11, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga.

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