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Next-generation video surveillance comes to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

J. D. Sartain | Sept. 25, 2014
Video surveillance pops up all over the globe -- and not just to identify suspects in crimes or terrorist activities. Retail stores use video surveillance to record customers' shopping patterns. County governments watch traffic flow for better road design. Schools and corporations monitor classrooms and offices. Police officers now wear body cameras. Video is everywhere, capturing millions of hours of activity.

Jones also recommends some detective work. "Research, travel and speak to end users. Don't trust the salesman. Ever." During the project, the sheriff's office encountered several companies, "all promising us the moon."

Jones and his team traveled to six locations across the country — often kicking the salesman out of the room in order to have more candid conversations with prison administrators as well as the people using the systems every day. "We learned from other projects that there are people just like us out there who have experienced the good and the bad of these companies," he says.


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