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San Pablo Installing New High-Tech Crime-Fighting Cameras on Highways

SAN PABLO (KRON) - San Pablo is installing new high-tech crime-fighting cameras.

Not only do the cameras record, but they also automatically move and focus in on crimes. According to police, since they began installing cameras in 2011, gun violence has fallen 74 percent. In a story you'll only see on KRON4 on Tuesday, Haaziq Madyun shows us how the high-tech cameras work.

"We were investigating where the suspects walked up to the victim and shot them in broad daylight," San Pablo police Lt. Brian Bubar said. "Using the image that we captured on our surveillance cameras, we were able to broadcast this information to surrounding patrol officers."

A short time later, the shooting suspects were identified and arrested. The video was recorded on one of the San Pablo Police Department's 134 surveillance cameras. The city recently approved $2.6 million to install more eyes in the sky.

"Well, we are going to have 194 situational awareness cameras and 72 ALPR cameras throughout the whole city," Lt. Bubar said.

ALPR is specific to license plate capturing, says Dustin Saylor, who is the CEO of Odin Systems. That is the company handling the surveillance camera installation on Contra Costa County freeways.

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License Plate Readers Coming to Highway 4 and I-80 After Rise in Shootings

PITTSBURG — Local law enforcement agencies are planning to spearhead a collaborative, interconnected system of wireless cameras and microphones on Highway 4 and Interstate 80 after a noted increase in freeway shootings in recent years.

The project, which has been dubbed the “Freeway Security Network,” will wirelessly combine cameras, automated license-plate readers and microphones in an effort to “provide law enforcement with real-time access to investigative leads,” according to city documents.

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Pittsburg Approves Freeway Cameras to Crack Down on Shootings

PITTSBURG, Calif., May 16, 2016 -- Amid several  fatal shootings on Highway 4, the Pittsburg City Council has approved measures for addional security cameras on the freeway. Odin Systems is honored to help expand on an already robust video security system in hopes of creating a safer environment. For more details check out the videos below.

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How Public Surveillance Will Change in the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 3, 2013 -- In the weeks following the Boston Marathon, articles have been written about how cities around the globe will start to increase their video surveillance systems. However, just pumping more money into cameras isn't a panacea on its own, according to Dustin Saylor, CEO of Odin Systems Inc., a video surveillance design company in Northern California.

Two major shifts will occur, he says. The first is that cities will move away from the current practice of using general contractors and electricians to install cameras.

"Many jurisdictions use city-employed electricians, rather than industry specific engineers and designers to implement a security system. In reality, there are too many complexities that go into the process," says Saylor, "specifically in the areas of technology selection and design."

One of the key characteristics of a powerful surveillance system is how quickly video footage can be scanned and indexed as this directly affects how fast suspects can be identified. A robust system has a range of resolution, connection, lens configuration, tracking, implementation and software scenarios that have to be calculated. It also has to be well maintained.

"Boston had a stellar enforcement team that brought criminals to justice, but suspects under chase are a huge flight risk. The bigger the window of time, the further they can fly," Saylor added. "Every second counts."

The second major shift in surveillance trends will be municipalities using their own, advanced systems rather than outside and outdated technology.

"Relying on external, private cameras is not reliable for a city and it takes extra minutes, hours or days to secure and review the footage."

Some of the images shown in the media were digitally zoomed, says Saylor, which is a last case scenario and can significantly decrease image quality. Today's surveillance options can recognize individuals in a wide range of scenarios and possess camera resolution five times greater than what has been available over the last four years. This breakthrough allows law enforcement to recognize individuals beyond a reasonable doubt, a standard critical for evidence admission in a court of law.

New available features such as 3-D digital overlays are also essential to ensure that sight obstructions, height, distance, angle, pitch degree, and focal length are calculated precisely.

The CEO is also passionate about freedom and safety and says that in order to have one, we must have the other.

"I'm a stout believer in our rights as individuals," he says, "but our lives, liberty and happiness will continue to be under siege when they are subjugated by fear. Large public areas need proper camera design and maintenance for the purpose of bringing criminals to justice and thwarting future crimes."