John Laufer was hired as the Chief of Police for the City of Coatesville in January, 2013. At the time, he says the city did not have a functioning street surveillance camera system because the previous one was of inferior quality and had ceased working. He also shares, "Coatesville is the only city in Chester County. It is just under two square miles," and he indicates that as of the latest census in 2010, the population was around 13,000 or more, and surpasses 14,000 currently.
"As far as the crime picture goes ... [the preceding year 2012] was unfortunately a very violent year for the city of Coatesville. They had seven homicides. For a city of 14,000 and a little under two square miles, that's quite considerable. Most of those homicides occurred on the streets, so there was obviously a need for a dedicated street surveillance camera system that was functional and operational. That was the picture ... when I first got here in January of 2013."
He continues, "Recognizing the need for a new system, I had read a couple articles on the City of Lancaster being one of the most surveilled cities in the country at the time ... so I reached out to [them] and was informed that App-Techs was the company providing that service. I got in touch with App-Techs, and they sent down representatives. I was very impressed with the level of expertise that was presented, and decided to go with App-Techs as our provider for our street camera surveillance system."
"Historically, a very large percentage of all the homicides ... come back to the drug trade," states the chief. "Violent street crime is directly correlated to the drugs in the city. The cameras were also meant to try to attack the underlying causal factor, which is the drug trade in the City of Coatesville.
The City of Coatesville had an ample supply of Fluid Mesh wireless radios already in-stock when App-Techs began working with them, which we determined to be functional and were able utilize, maximizing cost-effectiveness for the city in our deployment.
Point-to-point networking from one radio location to another provides wireless transmission of data throughout the business district, and back to the police station server. We employ POE pass-through, one injector powering a radio, and that device in turn powering another. When the need for more radios has arisen over time, we have supplied them with new Ubiquiti radios.
App-Techs has also equipped Coatesville with a central recording server at the police station, one of our EasyNVR Standard servers. Numerous Panasonic cameras provide outdoor street surveillance coverage. The system monitors a public park as well.
Additionally, the city is our only client currently using the Axis Q6000e/Q6044e camera, which provides a 360-degree view of an intersection. It also offers PTZ functionality, so users can change the field of view and zoom in on an area.