Case Study: Long Beach Township Implementation

In 2009, the Long Beach Township Police Department was seeking a surveillance system that could be easily implemented. But, like most PDs, funding was limited. Therefore, the system had to be easily scalable. The plan was to build a small scale system that could be implemented inexpensively. Once the governing bodies saw the advantages and efficiencies, they could justify addition funding for expansion.

After talking to several providers, Packetalk's wireless IP surveillance systems proved to be the only solution that could come through, meeting Long Beach's requirements for both scalability and ease of deployment. Packetalk deployed a two-camera system and had it operating and recording within 48 hours of pilot fund approval.

Packetalk's wireless surveillance system is perfectly suited to Long Beach Township's needs. Situated on a narrow, yet heavily touristed barrier island at the New Jersey shore, the community required a system that could be relied upon in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. By establishing a 100 Mbps wireless point-to-point link from water towers, the police department's new system would be rock-solid in a large-scale occurrence.

Because the network could be expanded from water tower to water tower, other police departments on Long Beach Island began to join Long Beach Township's network. Both Beach Haven and Harvey Cedars have established links with Long Beach Township's network, and the ultimate goal is to create an interoperable system throughout the six Long Beach Island municipalities that will enable secure, stable communications from one end of the island to the other.

As intended, the department was able to obtain additional funding. The system now boasts 9 pan-tilt-zoom cameras on top of water towers and 14 in-house cameras, with plans for 5 additional street-level cameras on telephone poles. Each incremental camera addition was quickly and easily implemented, making for a solution that allows departments with limited resources to start small and expand easily as needs and funds grow.

Because the system is wireless based, it does not rely on expensive cabling or multiplexors for expansion. It also eliminates costly monthly cable fees that often limits a municipality's expandability.

Long Beach Township's future plans include establishing a connection to the county-wide emergency operations center by adding another wireless link. This will enable the county to monitor all camera feeds in an emergency situation from 15-20 miles away, further bolstering the community's preparedness in the event of a natural disaster. And armed with the power and flexibility of Packetalk, Long Beach Township will be able to make these and other surveillance system expansions for a force that is better connected, more responsive and ultimately, more effective.