ATLANTA (CBS46) — The Atlanta Police Department is streamlining surveillance.
A new program called Connect Atlanta allows businesses and residents to connect their own security camera feeds directly to the police department.
“It really is a game changer. It gives us the availability to buy time,” said ODA Chief Rodney Bryant.
Chief Bryant said right now, Connect Atlanta has a network of more than 4,500 surveillance cameras — the majority owned by the city. He estimates that by next year there will be 25,000 more integrations.
Connect Atlanta consists of two components:
1) Recording of cameras. This means you can enter your contact details and the number of cameras at your home or business with APD for free. Then, if a crime is taking place nearby, investigators can contact you quickly.
2) Integration of cameras. It goes one step further and allows you to share live streams with APD – all the time or at the push of a button, depending on your privacy settings. This option is chargeable, depending on the number of cameras and the duration of data storage.
“We are not the ones looking into their system. They are the ones who give them the opportunity to do it, as they wish,” added Chief Bryant.
Chief Bryant said sharing live cameras can also help officers better understand the nature of an emergency before they arrive.
Companies like Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Lenox Square have already started integrating their security systems into the network.
“Working with APD, by integrating video, has led to an increased sense of security among tenants, buyers and employees,” said Lenox Square General Manager Robin Suggs.
The technology platform was created by a Peachtree Corners-based company called Fusus.