Football and security seem to go hand-in-hand these days. Just this past January, ESA took attendees from the January Leadership Summit in Dallas to view the Cowboy's new stadium in Arlington, TX. While the gadgetry was mind-boggling, we also got a taste of how things can go wrong when the elevator got stuck with a number of us on board. For those of you reading this blog, you remember how uncomfortable that was.
It takes a lot of work to get things right, particularly when it involves technology. Equipment has to be repeatedly tested to ensure it operates properly. And we can't launch something as important as a video system, for example, unless we demonstrate that it's functioning as it should.
Indianapolis is holding this year's Super Bowl, and they are installing extra security cameras for the event and looking to expand that effort throughout the city afterwards. This is good, we believe, for public safety in Indianapolis, and for our industry. Whoever gets this business will have the opportunity to show the country how we protect lives and property.
The city currently has 68 cameras placed throughout downtown, according to news reports, and plans to add 13 more, strategically located based on Super Bowl events. We hope an ESA company gets this business. But even if that is not the case, it remains a huge opportunity for the electronic security industry to show how it is shaping the world we live in today. ESA member companies help law enforcement deter crime and protect lives and property. ESA is proud to be part of the movement to find new technologies which save resources for law enforcement while protecting public safety. We can't wait for the coin toss!
INDIANAPOLIS — In preparation for the 2012 Super Bowl, security officials will install at least a dozen surveillance cameras downtown here.
The city currently has 68 cameras placed in key areas throughout the downtown area. By the end of the year, officials will add seven more cameras near Lucas Oil Stadium and six more along Georgia Street, The Indianapolis Star reports. Georgia Street runs between Conseco Fieldhouse and the Indiana Convention Center and will serve as the Super Bowl Village site.
A federal grant will pay for the cameras, which each cost from $3,000 to $5,000. The city, which will have to pay for camera maintenance, is seeking proposals for a four-year service contract.
After the Super Bowl, officials hope to increase the amount of cameras to 100 as more funding becomes available.