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OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS POLICE DEPARTMENT USE ETHERNET/POE EXTENDERS TO COLLECT AND SECURE EVENT RECORDS

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Overland Park, Kansas Police Department Secures Event Records Using Ethernet Extenders

The Challenge…

The Overland Park, Kansas police department have been using in-car surveillance cameras to produce a record of events like car chases and traffic stops. In the beginning, the collection of information was obtained by getting tapes out of the trunk-mounted VCR and cataloging and transferring them to a police-owned storage facility. They faced three major challenges though:

• Shelf life of tapes
• System reliability
• Chain of custody

However, a new age has dawned, and the city decided to use digital dash cams over the analog cameras. These digital cameras are in high definition with the recorded video stream going into an SD memory card. It’s not surprising that the memory card gets full rather fast.

Overland Park Network Architect John W. oversaw a process where police cars would automatically connect to the network while they refueled, uploading their information to a server. Gas pumps are generally located away from the area the servers are housed.

What Are The Main Benefits?

By going with the safe and reliable Enable-IT 828 Gigabit Ethernet/PoE Extenders, it allowed the system to carry out a secure information transfer while the vehicle was being filled. It also ensured the chain of command was kept in order for the information to be permitted in court.

By doing this, the department was able to improve its efficiency while decreasing its costs.

Basically, it did four things:

• Better their efficiency
• Took images in higher resolution
• Ensured precise recovery of information
• Offered more dependable evidence

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