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Texas: Grand Prairie PD Advances With IndigoVision IP-CCTV

The 40-camera system was installed by IndigoVision’s local approved partner, Metroplex Control Systems.

The Grand Prairie (Texas) Police Department has installed a complete integrated IP Video solution from IndigoVision. It replaces an aging VCR/analog system that was used primarily for video archive.

As with most law enforcement facilities Grand Prairie PD has a complex security environment, mixing all the normal police operations, with a short-term detention facility and areas that require public access.

The 40-camera system was installed by IndigoVision’s local approved partner, Metroplex Control Systems.

Much of the original analog CCTV equipment was reused, including cameras and the video matrix, allowing the original control room configuration to remain largely unchanged. In addition CCTV workstations running IndigoVision’s ‘Control Center’ software were installed around the facility to allow remote monitoring of live and recorded video—allowing, for example, a commander to oversee emergency response without the need to be in the cell blocks.

“Moving to the IndigoVision system gives me the freedom to manage my facility in a whole new way,” said Sgt. Blaine Smith, Grand Prairie PD jail commander. “Its extensive features give us tools we never imagined were available and its forensic-level video is phenomenal.”

Video from all the cameras is continuously recorded for 30 days using four 1 TB standalone network video recorders (NVRs). Audio from five cameras is stored alongside the video. Audio and video are fully synchronized and guaranteed not to drop frames, even at maximum frame rate. Evidential quality video can be exported from multiple cameras for use in court or for archive.

“The system has already proved useful in resolving issues with the bond desk clerk and disgruntled citizens over bond related payments and services,” said Smith. “The system is also being used to effectively document disagreements between inmates.”

Grand Priarie, a city of about 166,000, is between Dallas and Fort Worth.