After suffering over $3,700 in damages due to vandalism from local neighborhood kids, Charles Hill has become the first private homeowner in the city to directly connect his private surveillance cameras straight to Chicago’s 911 emergency center. However, Hill is not the only one who is taking advantage of Chicago’s unprecedented offer to connect privately owned cameras to the 911 emergency center which was made available two months ago.
Since the announcement nearly two dozen universities, businesses, colleges, and high-rise complexes have agreed to share their video with the Chicago Security Center. Most notably, DePaul University has elected to hook up at least 15 on-campus cameras due to its campuses being in the heart of residential and commercial districts.
DePauls director of public safetey, Bob Wachowski, had this to say about the security measures DePaul has decided to implement. “If something happens on a city street where we have a camera and the city has access to it, they can tell what they’re sending first-responders into. . . they can see what the person is doing and describe it to first-responders.”
This new network of public-private internet connections will transmit the fully encrypted video data that will not be compromised by any outside connections, a feat made possible by software used in Operation Virtual Shield.
Due to enthusiastic response in the first two months from residents and businesses alike in Chicago, City Hall is confident that hundreds of privately owned cameras will eventually be added to the city’s network. If you are a resident or business owner and are considering installing a Chicago Camera Security System, consider contacting a Tech Travel Agent. Tech Travel Agents can help guide you in the right decisions about camera security and even install and network your cctv cameras.