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Video surveillance: it's not just for big cities anymore

Published by Jennifer on December 17, 2007 3:01 PM

In the small town of Sergnano, Italy, which employs just two police offers to protect 3,000 inhabitants, an IP camera system has been deterring and catching criminals-- particularly vandals-- so successfully that the system paid for itself within a year of its implementation. The system covers an area of thirteen square kilometers, which made traditional analog CCTV impossibly expensive. Instead, IndigoVision, the company that installed the system, came up with a combined wired and wireless network for the cameras, facilitating cost-effective IP surveillance of remote areas.

Eleven dome and fixed IndigoVision cameras monitor Sergnano's primary school, kindergarten, public buildings, the cemetery and the town square. The police station uses "Control Center," IndigoVision's IP video and alarm management software, to watch live and recorded footage from the cameras. Thanks to the IP-CCTV system, both vandalism incidents and the police response time in Sergnano have decreased.

Read more about Sergnano's surveillance system here.