Iron Sky surveillance system helps rescue Ga. infant

Archived video to reportedly be used in criminal cases against both parents


COLLEGE PARK, GA - College Park relies on Iron Sky’s better tools to fight crime. With the click of a mouse, surveillance cameras deliver high-resolution video to police in patrol cars as well as the station, 24 hours a day. Recently, those crime-fighting surveillance tools even helped police save an infant’s life.

College Park police rely on a network of cameras to monitor high-traffic areas. Surveillance video is readily accessible with the click of a mouse, delivering high-definition images that help address situations quickly.

While watching live video during an active investigation recently, officers noticed a woman walking along Old National Highway. Using video from the Iron Sky camera system, police arrested the woman and charged her with loitering for sexual purposes. During that arrest, the woman revealed that she had left her month-old baby alone in a hotel room. Police recovered the baby and charged his mother with child cruelty. Surveillance video also helped police identify and arrest the baby’s father on an outstanding pimping charge. Archived video will be used in criminal cases against both parents.

"Her kid might have been in that hotel for a week before anyone even noticed she was gone," police recruit Josh Emory told Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Jones.

College Park became the first metro Atlanta city to adopt Iron Sky’s surveillance solution in March 2010. Officers made three arrests within the first 12 hours, and quickly expanded their network to include 68 cameras and a video command center. Other Georgia cities also have taken notice. Iron Sky is now the crime-fighting tool of choice in cities such as Hapeville, Lilburn, Midtown Atlanta and Sandy Springs. Because the system uses non-proprietary software and commercial, off-the-shelf hardware, law enforcement can make upgrades and additions at any time.

"The College Park police department is not trying to hide the fact that they have all these cameras," Jones says. "They want the public to know that if you commit a crime, you could end up being arrested and on candid camera."

For more information: Call Bob Carter, Iron Sky’s General Manager for Georgia, at 678-283-4829 or email bcarter@ironsky.com.