St. Louis Parking Lot Utilizes Genetec Cloud Surveillance to Increase Safety

The Stratocast Cloud-based video monitoring system can give local law enforcement quick and easy access to recorded surveillance footage.

ST. LOUIS — The South Grand Community Improvement District (CID) is a political subdivision located here that offers free parking in a central 90-vehicle lot. Due to nearby license plate theft, the South Grand CID board decided to add video surveillance to the lot.

Seeking a solution that could provide video access to the local police department, the district turned to Genetec and its Stratocast Cloud-based video monitoring system.

There are currently three cameras that monitor the entire 90-space parking lot, with video recordings being sent over a wireless network that connects to the South Grand CID main office, just a few blocks away from the lot.

The Cloud-based video monitoring system allows South Grand CID Executive Director Rachel Witt to view video from anywhere, at any time. “Using the Cloud video system, I am able to find and view the video in seconds. I can narrow down my search based on dates and time and watch the event unfold with all camera feeds up on the monitor. It’s really that simple,” she says.

Witt says that after only two weeks after installing the Stratocast video monitoring system, a visitor reported that their license plates had been stolen.

“The visitor provided a description of the car, and a timeframe in which the incident likely happened. Using the Stratocast system, I was able to find and view the video in seconds. I could clearly see the suspect enter the lot, remove the plates and leave in his own car. Since the police are very busy here, I was able to bookmark the video recording and then notify them that the video was ready,” explains Witt.

Stratocast has made it easy for the South Grand CID to give video access to local police so that when a crime is reported in the district, officers can immediately begin to conduct investigations without leaving their desks, according to Genetec.

While the South Grand CID manages and owns the Stratocast solution, officers can log into the system and view video recordings when required.

This is enabled by the Genetec Federation feature, which gives an organization access to manage multiple independent Genetec systems as one. A memorandum of understanding was signed so each parties’ responsibilities are clear.

“Instead of driving over and picking up a DVD, officers can directly access video from our cameras to see what happened. Not only does it help speed up investigations, it saves officers’ valuable time,” continues Witt.

You can read a full case study about the project here.

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