VidSys PSIM Connects City for Safe and Secure Grand Prix

VidSys PSIM Connects City for Safe and Secure Grand Prix

In June 2010, it was announced that the Baltimore Grand Prix would be part of the series' schedule for at least five years beginning in 2011. The Baltimore Grand Prix was projected to attract more than 100,000 people to the downtown of the city of Baltimore.

Baltimore decided to adopt VidSys' Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), which would centralize situation management under a single umbrella. The project involved integrating 779 analog, NVR and DVR feeds from several participating agencies around the race area.

Implementation of the VidSys PSIM solution resulted in primary support of a unified command center, the primary command location, in addition to computers set up for operators from multiple agencies, a transportation and safety command center and five mobile command vehicles. Between all locations and agencies, approximately 50 users from more than 20 agencies were able to share in the information delivered by the PSIM platform. Aside from the VidSys deployment, Sony provided a camera system with the ability to see the entire race footprint. Firetide was leveraged to provide connectivity to the mobile command vehicles that could not connect to the city's fiber network system.

The Baltimore Grand Prix proved to be a success. The software and solutions deployed for the Baltimore Grand Prix were able to quickly identify areas of concern and help coordinate appropriate responses. For example, the software was used to identify stopped vehicles, free traffic congestion, and find people on rooftops deemed unsafe. Additionally, VidSys provided real-time location information of first responders leveraging GPS technology, enabling city officials to place and leverage responders based upon the maps in front of them.

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