LAPD Deploys On-the-Fly Axis IP Video Surveillance Solution
for Enhanced Situational Awareness as NASA Shuttle makes
HDTV-quality pan/tilt/zoom cameras
to be deployed using "leap-frog" strategy and will
transmit video via temporary wireless mesh network along
Mission 26 route
CHELMSFORD, Mass. – October 11, 2012 – After logging
nearly 123 million miles in flight, the space shuttle
Endeavour will travel its final 12 miles on the ground
through the streets of Los Angeles where it will dock
one last time at the California Science Center (CSC).
During this historic and unprecedented transport of the
space shuttle, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
will rely on
Axis Communications IP video surveillance
cameras transmitting over a unique wireless mesh network
to safeguard the downtown route and protect NASA’s
national treasure with enhanced, HDTV-quality
On Friday, Oct. 12, Endeavour will embark on the
26: The Big Endeavour"
road-trip to retirement, which is a two-day, 2 mph
journey from Los Angeles International Airport across
the 405 Freeway and through the streets of L.A. to
arrive at the CSC on Saturday, Oct. 13, where it will be
on display starting Oct. 30.
During the journey, residents are encouraged to watch
Endeavour’s final trip from private lawns, inside
businesses and along side-streets, as well as attend
special viewing celebrations throughout the city,
including at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood on
Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. PT, and then later that day
near the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall
around 2 p.m. PT.
The primary challenge in securing an event of this
magnitude is that many of the security needs from a
technology perspective are mobile and temporary. To
cover the expansive 12-mile route in a cost-effective
way, the LAPD will construct a wireless mesh network on
the fly and deploy HDTV-quality pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) Axis
IP surveillance cameras using a “leap-frog” approach: As
the shuttle passes beyond the first camera’s field of
view, it will be uninstalled and then reinstalled at the
front of the surveillance network to continue the chain.
demo video of Axis’ HDTV PTZ in action.
"Crowd and traffic control around major events bring
about unique challenges, especially when it’s a
once-in-a-lifetime event like this," said Michael
Downing, deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police
Department and commanding officer of LAPD's
Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.
"Relying on Axis’ surveillance technology as we’ve done
for many of the city’s biggest events removes typical IT
and surveillance obstacles often present with critical
yet impromptu security applications. With these worries
eliminated, we can focus on our job: making sure the
spectators remain safe with minimal disruption to the
city and shuttle."
The LAPD will monitor Endeavour’s journey, the crowds
and general activity using 720p HDTV quality AXIS
P5534-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras and 1080p HDTV quality
AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras. These IP cameras
are easy to install with outdoor-ready housings and
configure seamlessly with the LAPD’s wireless mesh
network powered by Cobham technology. Additionally, the
automatic day/night functionality of the AXIS P55 and
AXIS Q60 Series cameras will enable the LAPD to monitor
the 48-hour journey in crisp detail even at night.
For the wireless mesh network, the rooftop of a 54-story
L.A. skyscraper serves as a relay site between the Axis
cameras and radio nodes throughout the route. This
allows video footage to flow freely to the LAPD central
command post as well as mobile devices in the field
despite the large physical distances from
point-to-point. All live viewing and video archiving of
the Mission 26 event will be done using
Milestone XProtect Professional video management software (VMS), a
comprehensive open platform VMS that is ideal for live
monitoring with efficient search tools to manage, locate
and export video evidence.
The police department has used similar technology to
monitor several high-profile events in Los Angeles,
including the Academy Awards, L.A. Lakers and Kings
victory parades and other large city gatherings.
"This leap-frog style, on-the-fly mesh network build-out
is such a unique surveillance installation. It proves
once again that the LAPD’s counter-terrorism and special
operations bureau is at the forefront of using
technology to protect the city’s people and assets,"
said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis
Communications, Inc. "IP video surveillance opens the
doors to a world of innovative surveillance
opportunities, and we’re honored to be working with the
LAPD to secure this historic journey of a true national