LAPD to deploy Axis IP cameras for Endeavour transport

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—The Los Angeles Police Department will rely on IP video surveillance cameras from Axis Communications to safeguard the space shuttle Endeavour’s final journey, a 12-mile ground transport to the California Science Center, where the shuttle will dock a final time.

The HDTV-quality pan/tilt/zoom cameras will be deployed using a “leap-frog” strategy, whereby cameras are uninstalled and reinstalled in new positions as the shuttle proceeds on its course. Video will be transmitted via a temporary wireless mesh network set up along the Endeavour’s route, according to a statement from Axis.  

“Crowd and traffic control around major events bring about unique challenges, especially when it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event like this,” Michael Downing, deputy chief of the LAPD and commanding officer of LAPD’s counter terrorism and special operations bureau, stated. “Relying on Axis’ surveillance technology as we’ve done for many of the city’s biggest events removes typical IT and surveillance obstacles often present with critical yet impromptu security applications.”

The road-trip, which begins Friday, Oct. 12, is a 2 mph journey lasting two days. 

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