Camtronics Communication Co., a Michigan-based integrator of closed circuit security camera systems, is seeking to expand a program in which high-end, cord-free camera systems are used to provide municipalities with surveillance video where it is needed.
The ‘Cellular Witness System’ uses the latest Internet protocol camera technology with recently enhanced cellular networks to function as remote surveillance cameras, Camtronics says. The networks “produce a versatile surveillance system,” the company adds.
Features of the system include video motion detection, event logging with video snapshots, alarm based video recording, AC power loss notifications, and the transmission of images through existing cellular services to off-site servers, Camtronics says.
Ypsilanti Township, Mich. engaged the Cellular Witness System as a pilot program, and it led to the arrest of a man accused of sexually assaulting several girls, Camtronics said. A camera in the system recorded an image of a man riding a bike who matched the description of an alleged sex offender. The image was then used to successfully identify the man, who has since been charged with 13 crimes, the company says.
“I believe the arrest of the suspect in this case is a prime example of why the cameras were put in place,” says Lt. Jim Anuszkiewicz, of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department. “Law enforcement continues to see alternative solutions to fighting crime through technology, and this is one example of it,” he added.
The success of the Ypsilanti Township pilot program has spurred Camtronics to seek partnerships with other communities and business leaders to expand use of the Cellular Witness System, the company says.