Buffalo police utilize Firetide, Avrio surveillance system

CCTV system has an immediate impact on crime


In the near future, two hospitals will gain access to footage from cameras that monitor the entrances and exits to their parking lots. Avrio’s Rapid Deployment Surveillance Solution uses a video surveillance control and management solution from OnSSI allowing the hospitals to view video from their cameras only, while providing the Buffalo Police Department with access. Future plans include adding video analytics and gunshot detection technologies to the system.

Like many cities, Buffalo contends with drug dealing, shootings, assaults and other felonies within its 42-square-mile boundaries. But the wireless video surveillance system isn’t limited to high-crime areas. The city has also deployed cameras in its business district to stimulate economic development, as well as at critical infrastructure sites for Homeland Security purposes.

"Our wireless video surveillance system multiplies the eyes of the police officers," said Makowski. "You can only do so much undercover work before drug dealers figure out who you are. With the cameras, we can keep our eyes on them constantly."

RFP Process

Once Mayor Brown was elected, he asked the police commissioner to investigate video surveillance systems in other cities. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications’ intelligent security system provided a blueprint for a request for proposal (RFP). The RFP outlined requirements for the wireless video surveillance system without detailing technical specifications, allowing integrators to offer their best technologies. Out of the seven proposals received, the Buffalo Police Department selected the solution offered by Avrio, Johnson Controls and Ferguson Electric.

"We are excited to partner yet again with a leading public safety solutions provider such as Avrio Group," said Bo Larsson, chief executive officer of Firetide. "Avrio has proven that it can implement a cutting-edge wireless surveillance project of Buffalo’s scale and complexity, while providing broadcast-quality, evidence-grade video that law enforcement agencies need for successful investigations. The combination of Avrio's expertise, Axis’ network camera capabilities, Firetide's wireless technology, and OnSSI’s video management system provides a compelling solution to municipalities seeking to improve security and public safety in response to public demand."