Secured Cities shines light on public-private partnerships

Coordinating efforts between all the stakeholders allows for a cohesive security and risk mitigation plan

With the increase in campus-related incidents over the past few years, maintaining a safe and secure campus is becoming increasingly important. Yet with numerous facilities hosting thousands of people daily, managing security on a university campus can be a daunting challenge. That’s why the Secured Campus track is a key portion of this event. Some of the campus risk mitigation issues featured includes:

  • Connecting Campus/School Security with Law Enforcement
  • Improving Incident Outcomes with Mobile, Real-time Solutions for Large-Scale Campuses
  • Protect Schools from Violent Intruders by Applying Best Practices Within the Framework of Emergency Management
  • Campus Policy, Procedure, Guideline Development and Management
  • A Layered Approach to Securing Campuses Using Technology that Supports an "Immediate Responder" Platform While Waiting for the "First Responders"
  • Campus Policy, Procedure, Guideline Development and Management
  • Emergency Management Policy & Procedures at Virginia Tech

The final piece of the Secured Cities collaboration deals with urban transportation and ports. Securing transportation systems is vital to the overall safety of any city. The Secured Transit track offers you the opportunity to learn best practices from security leaders at some of the nation’s largest transit systems. Among the educational opportunities included are:

  • How Seattle's Sound Transit Unified Its Security & Communications Operations Center
  • Collaboration Gets the MBTA Moving into the Security Fast Lane
  • Surveillance Systems at Scale
  • Command and Control at the MDTA
  • How Can We Become a More Resilient Nation? Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy and Boston Marathon Bombings
  • Securing the Port of Houston

On the conference’s final day, we are hosting on-site tours of Baltimore Police Department’s impressive CitiWatch Command & Control Center, where you will get a behind-the-scenes look at both technology and operations; the acclaimed R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, which is one of the highest volume trauma centers in the country; and finally, the Maryland Department of Transportation Authority’s control center, which serves as the security and public safety hub for state-wide operations. These tours will be limited and included with your registration

The CitiWatch Tour

Attendees will be treated to a 2-hour, behind-the-scenes guided tour of the command and control facility of Baltimore’s CitiWatch program, one of the most sophisticated municipal surveillance networks in the country.

CitiWatch Services provides state-of-the-art video surveillance cameras throughout the City of Baltimore in an effort to assist police and other city agencies with public safety. The cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by certified video surveillance monitors with law enforcement backgrounds.

According to Baltimore Police Lt. Samuel Hood, the CitiWatch program was launched in 2005 by former mayor Martin O'Malley with an initial deployment of 50 cameras. The program now integrates 538 cameras from across the city into the Criminal Intelligence Watch Center located inside Baltimore Police Department headquarters.

CitiWatch can also view recorded footage for every camera, which is stored for 28 days. The video is recorded at a rate of 15-30 frames-per-second, and all video evidence is burned offsite, per the city's video policy.

R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Tour

Located in Baltimore City, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, which serves as the State’s Primary Adult Resource Center (PARC), reported receiving 8,265 patients in FY13, with a 96 percent survival rate. Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, FCCM, serves as the Physician-in-Chief for the Program in Trauma. Karen E. Doyle, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, is the Vice-President of Nursing and Operations. 

As the nation’s first and only integrated trauma hospital, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center is dedicated to treating the critically ill and severely injured and employs groundbreaking research and innovative medical procedures with one goal in mind – saving lives. As one of the highest volume trauma centers in the United States, teams of providers are standing by 24/7 to receive, resuscitate, stabilize, and treat those whose lives are threatened by time sensitive injury and illness. These include, but are not limited to, thoracic, intra-abdominal and facial trauma, spinal cord and column injuries, brain injury, and acute complex orthopedic injury. In addition, patients who develop life-threatening respiratory failure, multiple organ dysfunction, soft tissue infection, and sepsis may be transferred to Shock Trauma where expert clinicians and sophisticated technology such as advanced hemodynamic monitoring, continuous renal replacement therapy, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation are readily available.