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City of Santa Monica to Replace Security Cameras at Promenade, Pier


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July 5, 2018 -- Santa Monica will replace and upgrade police cameras at the Third Street Promenade and the Pier after the Council last week approved contracts with Convergint Technologies LLC totaling $2 million over the next five years.

The contracts would pay the Illinois-based company $1.5 million to install new Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)cameras that enhance security and monitor traffic and $500,000 to maintain and clean the equipment, City officials said.

Convergint Technologies LLC will replace the 125 cameras installed on the Promenade and Pier in 2006, replace other cameras throughout the City and expand the CCTV footprint, staff said.

"The original cameras are all analog technology and support only lower resolution video," staff wrote in a report to the Council.

"The cameras have fallen in disrepair over the years as both the actual cameras and infrastructure equipment is no longer supported by the manufacturers," staff wrote.

The new digital cameras have high resolution capability and are compatible with the City’s existing CCTV back-end system, officials said.

The new technology requires fewer cameras, since they provide greater coverage with more camera views, according to staff.

As a result, the original 68 cameras along the Promenade and adjacent alleys will be replaced with 28 new cameras, while the 57 cameras on the Pier would be replaced with 43, staff said.

The cameras have become "a critically important tool" during special events, such as the LA Marathon and summer Twilight Concert Series, by "providing live video to assess crowd levels, general activity and monitor incidents," staff said.

The video enables the Police Department to "immediately adjust deployment during the events," staff said.

Video footage captued by the closed circuit police cameras is used as evidence in criminal investigations and prosecutions, staff said.

Three companies responded to the City's request for proposal.

Convergint Technologies LLC was chosen based on the firm’s "expertise and experience with similar CCTV systems," staff said.



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