IDIS Technology Used in Mobile Video Solution to Help Secure Houston’s July 4th Festivities

Homeland security Integrator Edge360 leveraged video surveillance gear by IDIS as part of its mobile Public Safety Video System.

HOUSTON – Video surveillance solutions provider IDIS and homeland security solutions integrator Edge360 announce the successful deployment of the integrator’s mobile Public Safety Video System during the Freedom Over Texas Festival in Houston.

The solution was deployed to help secure attendees and property during the city’s annual outdoor 4th of July celebration. In partnership with the City of Houston, Edge360 deployed its mobile Public Safety Video System, which features advanced surveillance technology from IDIS. The system is purpose-built to assist public safety personnel in the coverage of urban events and incidents, especially those of a traditionally chaotic and changing nature, according to a press release. 

While traditional surveillance set-ups for major community and large sporting events face common challenges related to their dynamic nature, changes within venues – such as the erection of tents, banners, balloons, portable toilets and vendors – can limit viewing options and unpredictably alter security landscapes.

The Edge360 and IDIS mobile system allows for quick and enhanced surveillance that adapts easily and quickly to altered environments, including from interior perspectives, according to the press release. Additionally, added radio frequency noise, which is common in such situations, can create an environment “hostile” to a traditional video system’s responsiveness, a risk that is mitigated by Edge360’s hybrid and wireless technology.

An example of a mobile Edge360/IDIS box, which can be quickly strapped to a stationary area, unclipped and moved as needed.

“The mobile Public Safety Video System provided by Edge360 and enhanced with IDIS surveillance technology really delivered for the people of Houston this [July 4th] weekend,” says Jack C. Hanagriff of the Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. “Houston is one of the country’s most dynamic urban environments and our commitment to the safety and security of our people at all times is second to none. This solution successfully delivered a powerful ‘plug-and-play’ video network capable of cellular or wireless backhaul and one that did not interfere with existing video networks or other wireless devices in use.”

Remote camera control via web browsers greatly enhanced situational awareness for authorities, Hanagriff adds.

“The Edge360 system, built with IDIS technology, addresses ever more urgent concerns for municipal environments as never before,” says Scott Frigaard, vice president, Edge360. “We look forward to partnering further with both IDIS … and the storied City of Houston for future gatherings and major sporting events, such as the upcoming Super Bowl.”

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