Plant City, FL; August 2020
Have you ever watched a standard definition broadcast on a 4K TV? Upgraded to the fastest internet available, but find your computer, gaming console or smart phone can’t keep up? It’s frustrating when technology on one end of a process outgrows the other. You leave potential untapped. This was the case at the Plant City Police Department until recently. As users of an IP system, upgrading the department’s surveillance system would require a two-part enhancement. Surveillance Technology, Inc. (STI) assessed the city’s needs and proposed a comprehensive system update which would bring both their cameras and recorders current.
STI replaced four fixed IP turret style 4K cameras in interior areas, and four IP bullet security cameras 4K with varifocal 3.3 – 12mm, motorized, autofocus lenses for exterior areas. A 5 megapixel IP camera was also installed, with a 5 – 50mm lens zoomed in on the outside entrance gate.
The police department was using multiple Network Video Recorders (NVRs), given their compatibility with IP cameras. STI replaced several of these NVRs, because they were unable to process the resolution of newer camera technology. The newly installed commercial-grade 32 Channel 4K NVR can process 640 MB per second of throughput. The older cameras that remain were also connected to new system, but the new recorder is also able to accommodate the higher resoluition and frame rate provided by the latest cameras with more recent technology.
Optimizing existing systems while taking advantage of state-of-the art advances in equipment is Surveillance Technology’s strong suit. The City of Plant City’s mission statement for their police department includes, “develop our members to their greatest potential”; and their homepage highlights their up-to-date equipment and technology. It’s easy to see why this partnership has been so fruitful, building on the potential of their existing equipment with the latest technology, ensuring no opportunity for quality is wasted.