City of New Orleans Deploys Vehicle-Centric Investigation System to Help Secure the French Quarter

City of New Orleans Deploys Vehicle-Centric Investigation System to Help Secure the French Quarter

Genetec Inc, a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that the City of New Orleans’ Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) has deployed Genetec AutoVu Cloudrunner to extend the capabilities of its automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) program. The vehicle-centric investigative system helps them gather evidence in the historic French Quarter, with easy-to-deploy, solar-powered ALPR technology that captures high-quality images day or night, making it easier and faster to solve crimes.

New Orleans is the most populous city in the state of Louisiana. The New Orleans RTCC uses Genetec Omnicast, the video management system of Genetec™ Security Center, to manage over 1000 cameras deployed throughout the city. They also have 150 Genetec AutoVu SharpV™ ALPR cameras, and now, 16 Genetec AutoVu Cloudrunner cameras, with another 22 to be deployed.

New Orleans RTCC Director Ross Bourgeois said, “The historic nature of the French Quarter made implementing technologies challenging. Since Cloudrunner isn’t hard wired, it gave us the flexibility to deploy cameras where we couldn't before. There are decorative historic poles that don’t provide as much lighting as a more modern neighborhood, and Cloudrunner performs really well in low light. Today, we can gather additional license plate reads and query suspect vehicles that are entering and existing in the area. I think, more than changing our operation, these modern devices have really helped us enhance security in one of the oldest and most popular neighborhoods in the country.”

AutoVu Cloudrunner goes beyond license plate recognition to collect, analyze, and securely store vehicle information such as vehicle color, type, make, model as well as behavior analytics. This allows investigators to narrow their search even when there is no – or only partial – license plate information available or a vague vehicle description.

When investigators review the data collected, the intuitive dashboard in Cloudrunner provides the capability to easily search and filter through data based on the descriptive information collected by witnesses. With just a few clicks, filters on the dashboard can parse through data to help identify a vehicle involved in crime and its license plate information. They can further their investigation by analyzing details such as movement patterns and timing of the suspected vehicle. Law enforcement can then use notifications and live monitoring capabilities to quickly identify and track potential suspects.

To aid in investigations involving multiple ALPR cameras, data collected can be stored in the cloud and immediately available for querying from any location connected to Cloudrunner. Vehicle images are uploaded from the camera to the cloud via wireless connections over cellular networks. And with the RTCC managing all video and ALPR data within Genetec Security Center, law enforcement officers don’t have to switch between multiple systems when they're querying requests for video or vehicle data.

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