In Miami, Florida, the police department has been looking for a way to decrease the amount of crime and recently looked to technology to help the cause. According to the Miami Herald, the city police are instituting approximately 200 closed-circuit television screens in a high-tech command center to view the more than 400 cameras placed around the city.
The new police technology command center will also have 25 high-definition 55-inch television sets to view the cameras set around Miami, the source reported. The center will have the ability to take in feeds from 2,500 cameras at a time with its five servers keeping the system running smoothly.
Several of the cameras have been attached to traffic lights, building rooftops, street poles and the police department's new GPS bullet tracking system purchased in April, the source reported. The plan is for the police department to increase its crime control and prevent crimes and violence from going unnoticed in the city.
The Miami Police Department plans to spend around $700,000 on the new system and command center, which will be funded by the federal government to help fight against terrorism, the Miami Herald reported.
While some might believe the spending isn't necessary for the city, police officials are simply pointing to the Boston Marathon bombing incident, which was solved using the same surveillance technology being installed in Miami.
Giving officers better views and time to react
Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said the new system will give officers an eye in the sky and the chance to continually track multiple neighborhoods at the same, the source cited.
"It will help us solve crimes; it will help us deter crimes," Orosa added, according to the Miami Herald. "We're mostly using resources that are already out there. It's a good investigative tool and a deterrent."
When the entire layout of cameras is finished, there will be 144 red-light cameras at street intersections, 10 rooftop cameras next to ShotSpotter sensors and several others spread across the city, the source reported.
The ShotSpotter technology will allow police to track gunshots through sensors within 30 seconds, and the additional cameras will now let officers get a live feed on the location, the Associated Press reported.
"Anything we can do to help catch criminals is something I think we should do," Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said, according to the AP.