Maintaining small town security in the US with Axis

Maintaining small town security in the US with Axis
Tasked with monitoring the Police Department building and other local sites, the Town of Pepperell Public Safety Complex sought out a solution that would replace its outdated analog cameras. The analog cameras were bulky and required extensive wiring while providing a low-quality image, all of which were factors for the IT Department to research and pick a new solution.

Landing on a mix of Axis Communications fixed and network cameras, the Town of Pepperell is able to keep watch of its Police Department building, parking lots, downtown area and government facilities with ease. High definition imagery was a top priority in selecting the cameras, and further capabilities like Axis’ Zipstream technology and preset locations made the camera choices even easier.

The Public Safety Complex begins with multiple exterior cameras that monitor the public and employee parking lots, street view and booking area of the station. A couple of AXIS M3114-VE Network Cameras provide fixed views of these areas while AXIS Q6032-E PTZ Dome Network Camera provides a flexible option that can pivot and zoom as needed.

In one instance, an officer arriving at the building heard a vehicle speeding by in a “no passing” zone. When the officer asked Town of Pepperell Communications Director David Stairs to review the footage, Stairs found that the AXIS Q6032-E had caught the vehicle and was able to identify its full description and license plate. This led to a citation that would have otherwise been missed.

Guard tour capabilities on the PTZ help to scan the area every hour of the day, while preset locations make controlling the camera on a whim much smoother. If an officer arrives with a prisoner, it is easy for Stairs to pan over to that door and watch the interaction.

Pepperell PD further deploys AXIS 214 PTZ Network Cameras around town, like at the local landfill, sewer and water departments, and one remote location. These cameras allow the PD to monitor after hours and be able to react in case of fire or security issues.

The Police Department has proclaimed continued success with its Axis camera deployment, relying on an exacqVision VMS and recorder on the backend to streamline the systems across town for the Police Chief, Lieutenant and further staff. The Town appreciates its ability to monitor cameras at all hours, saving resources by not having to send police out to remote sites to check in each night, for instance.

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