Digifort and Praia Grande inaugurate integrated control center

Digifort and Praia Grande inaugurate integrated control center
Urban surveillance in the municipality of Praia Grande/SP is considered pioneer and one of Brazil's largest, especially considering the number of cameras installed and the versatility of the on-board services in its platform. Inaugurated in 2002, as part of the digital INFOVIA project designed to interconnect all communal services, it had only 16 speed dome cameras, which are those that feature 360-degree movement, and other 160 fixed cameras. After more than a decade of operation, period of time in which it has been receiving investments with state-of-the-art technology, local City Hall remodeled part of the project, giving origin to CICOE-PG (Integrated Control and Special Operations Center of Praia Grande).
 
With CICOE, the system started to offer an integrated control, expanding the previous structure of four operators per shift to 12 new surveillance positions, 24 hours per day. With focus on occurrences and in providing support to street teams, the site brings together Traffic Agents, Municipal Guard, Military and Environmental Police, Civil Defense, and supervisors who monitor invasions of environmental protection areas. At the same site, a special room was also built to bring authorities together in the event of disasters, emergencies and crisis management. The preservation areas feature speed dome cameras in 20-meter high poles and Wi-Fi connection, improving the surveillance of those areas away from the urban center.
 
Digifort – The first Brazilian IP surveillance software – has provided the municipality with urban surveillance technology for over 10 years. The duration of this partnership has the basic technical features for the success of the project, as explains Sandro Pardini, head of the Information Integration Department of Praia Grande. “The software has no limits of cameras per server and per registered users. By following the rules defined for each type of access, school principals, municipal secretaries and other professionals with strategic roles within the communities can access the system without the need of physically being at CICOE”.

As an example of these differentials, each communal unit may have a security routine tailored to its daily reality, by using video analytics, alarm and automation, biometrics, LPR (license plate recognition) and evidence modules. “These features from Digifort enable the management of alarms, presence sensors, panic buttons, and virtual fences, the delimitation of perimeters in the city, the surveillance of objects placed or removed from specific locations, the storage of images, to record, archive and search occurrences, among other demands that may affect public order. It all can be managed within CICOE or from a distance by authorized municipal managers”.
 
The system transfers data, voice and images in high speed via a fiber optic network with 300 kilometers of extension. Such elasticity enables Digifort to operate with redundancy and to receive images from all city cameras. 
 
Inauguration – The presentation of CICOE counted with the presence of Carlos Eduardo Bonilha (Digifort CEO), Alexandre Moraes (Public Security Secretary of São Paulo), Alberto Mourão (mayor of Praia Grande) and other public and police authorities. The mayor used the event to donate four electric-powered vehicles to the Military Police for the ostensive patrol of the city. He also emphasized that crime-related problems must be faced together. 

The next goal for Praia Grande’s urban surveillance system is the installation of more than 500 cameras along the 23 kilometers of Presidente Kennedy Avenue, which is an important roadway that cuts across the city, and an additional 100 cameras on Marechal Mallet Avenue, which provides access to Itaipu Fort, universities, bars, restaurants, shops, and homes.


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