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Freeport, Texas Picks ADT for City Video Surveillance

Company will install first phase of a wireless video surveillance system to combat crime in a public housing project and a marina.

The city of Freeport, Texas has selected ADT Security Services to provide and install the first phase of a wireless video surveillance system to combat crime in a public housing project and a marina, according to a top Freeport police official.

In addition, there is a plan to deploy the system at both a large port and an oil storage facility, as well as at 29 chemical companies, the official says.

The project is being implemented in phases, with the first phase being a wireless mesh network to transmit video from Internet protocol (IP)-based cameras located throughout the municipality to recording systems in city hall while the real-time video is being monitored 24-hours per day by the Freeport Police Department. That phase is expected to take two months to complete.

The first cameras are to be deployed at a large housing project, where drug trafficking, vandalism and illegal dumping are concerns. The system also will monitor Freeport’s public marina, providing boat owners with the capability to log onto an Internet site to check the security of their boats.

The second phase of the project will add cameras to monitor three bridges that provide the only vehicular access to the city located between the Gulf of Mexico and an intracoastal waterway, Freeport officials say. In addition, during this phase chemical companies are expected to link their surveillance cameras to the Freeport system.

Later phases of the project are focused on expanding the system to cover a sports complex, area high schools and the downtown shopping district with the project expected to be completed during 2012.

Ty Morrow, chief of Freeport’s police, said the video surveillance system will help police focus on high-crime locations and protect critical infrastructure that could be targeted by terrorists. “Freeport is basically an island that is home to assets of critical importance to the nation’s economy,” he said. “This wireless video surveillance system will help us do our job of providing public safety by adding extra ‘eyes’ in the field,” he said.