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A new surveillance camera program looks to keep an eye out for illegal activity in city parks across Tracy. Brian MacDonald, Parks and Recreation director, said the video surveillance cameras will be installed in five city parks to enhance park safety and security.
“We want to make our parks are a safe place that’s welcoming, that creates memorable experiences, and that’s my goal for this camera project,” MacDonald said. “We did a community survey that’s tied to our Parks Master Plan and safety concerns was one of the major barriers for visiting our local parks.”
Cameras were installed at Clyde Bland Park at the end of West Lowell Avenue next to Interstate 205 earlier this week and are scheduled to be installed in the next few months at Dr. Powers Park, El Pescadero Park, Lincoln Park and Talley Park. The city hopes to have the cameras at Clyde Bland Park up and running sometime next week.
The city had tried installing security cameras about 10 years ago at Jim Raymond and Gretchen Talley parks. Recently a video surveillance system was installed at Legacy Fields at the north end of town as a test project for the parks camera program.
“That was in response to a lot of concerns we had out there about vandalism and the fact that the facility is out in the middle of nowhere and we really can’t have eyes out there a lot, so we thought it was a more efficient way to utilize city resources rather than having city staff and or police officers out there patrolling every hour,” MacDonald said.
Part of the issue why cameras weren’t used earlier was the availability of funds. The new city budget that the Tracy City Council approved in June included funding for security cameras in parks.
The city will lease the cameras for $175,000 per-year from IntelliSite, which will also provide monitoring, maintenance and replacement. That cost covers the first five parks. The city has already purchased that cameras in use now at Legacy Fields.
Tracy Police Chief Sekou Millington said he was fortunate the city had already begun the process to add the cameras to the parks when he joined the police department.
“I have always been a fan of technology. I’m a fan of efficiency. It gives us an opportunity in law enforcement to be proactive as opposed to reactive.” Millington said. “We’ve looked at the data, we’ve looked at the stats. There’s work to be done at the parks. These cameras will help us. Often we don’t have that real-time information, that citizen information.”
The five parks that will receive the cameras in the first phase of the program were selected for a multitude of reasons including calls for service, citizen complaints, officers’ observations, level of activity such as nuisance calls and homelessness, and the required infrastructure to allow the cameras to be installed.
“These cameras are unbiased, independent eyes that help us with real-time information. Ideally we can prevent crime from occurring. Worst-case scenario, we can’t get there fast enough or there is a miss, we have the opportunity to have at least some type of evidentiary item to do some immediate follow-up on.”
Clyde Bland Park had one the largest homeless encampments nearby on the Caltrans right of way. That camp was recently cleaned out during the recent heat wave. Gates were repaired and fortified, and new fencing installed after the homeless departure. Millington said installing the cameras will help keep that area clear.
“It was an opportunity to strike while the iron is hot. That project had just gotten wrapped up and so as to not let that space be reoccupied this part of that phased project … we had the capability, we had the vendor on hand and as a group we thought it would be the best bang for our buck,” Millington said.
The old Lammersville School house had received numerous complaints about vandalism and loitering and the facility not being safe for students.
“We just simply don’t have enough eyes on it and whether it’s adding city facility attendants or the chief needs to send some of his officers, we just don’t think it’s a good use of our time so cameras help mitigate that,” MacDonald said.
The cameras will be monitored by IntelliSite and are equipped with motion sensor technology. The company will be connected to the police dispatch center to alert them if a camera is triggered by suspicious activity and they will be monitored during significant events.
“If there is an event occurring that we can prevent we will get there sooner because this third party is in a sense monitoring the activity,” Millington said. “It’s not going to be on a 24/7 basis, but the technology of these cameras is such that we have infrared features where nighttime is just as good as daytime.”
A blue light indicator will blink on the camera to let people know the park is under video surveillance.
The cameras will record video 24/7 no matter if they are being monitored or not. Recorded video will be stored for two or three months.
MacDonald said the number of cameras at each park will depend on the ability to place them near existing power and in a secure location to deter the opportunity for vandalism and theft.
At Clyde Bland Park there may be from five to eight cameras placed throughout the park. “The goal is to have the cameras cover 100% of the park,” MacDonald said.
Millington said the cameras will help deter crime in the parks. “I think this is a huge investment. I hope the conversation is about having the community re-own space they should have access to — the skate parks and the dog walks, the jungle gyms — and not have to deal with some of the blight issues, some of the crime issues that we’ve had historically especially at the city parks which is a priority for the phased approach,” Millington said.
While some people may have privacy concerns the police chief said the cameras are not intended to watch residents in their homes and won’t infringe on anyone’s rights.
“Public space is public space when it comes to cameras and surveillance, so the idea is not to point it at anyone’s home but to make sure we are able to capture the entirety of the park,” Millington said. “This is about public space, public right of way. Making sure we have ingress, egress routes. Really a sort of deterrent. I think half the battle is if folks know these cameras are up the bad activity will not happen.”
Millington thought especially in light of the pandemic the parks have been one of the hubs for family activities for people who have been stuck in their homes.
“The parks have to be safe, we have to make sure there isn’t nuisance issues, there isn’t graffiti issues, there isn’t crime issues. These cameras allow us the opportunity again to be proactive, if necessary be reactive, and they also serve as a deterrent for crime,” Millington said.
The city will conduct outreach to the neighborhoods around the parks with cameras to notify residents of the new security system. Signs will be posted to tell visitors the park is under constant video surveillance.
“These are public parks; these are community spaces and it’s really going to be on the community to make it what it is. They are the first eyes on when there are issues and as a city, we want to be a force multiplier and help them with those observations and be able to react faster,” Millington said. “My number one priority is public safety. Whether it’s technology or human observation what I want to do is mitigate any sort of recurring crimes that occur there, future crimes that might occur there and this technology is the best of both worlds.”
Ken serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Epic IO, IntelliSite & Broad Sky Networks.
Ken has an early background in nuclear physics and reactor engineering, and over 20 years of business-to-business technology and information security expertise.
Prior to joining IntelliSite, Ken was the General Manager & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Dell Technologies Safety & Security, IoT, and Computer Vision business unit. During his tenure, he was recognized as one of Dell Technologies’ top security and public safety experts who were instrumental in establishing and growing Dell Technologies Safety and Security solutions.
Prior to Dell Technologies, Ken was a Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Earlier in his career, he spent close to eight years building a hyper-growth business for Cisco’s Safety and Security, Access Control, and Emergency Response business unit. Previously, Ken was a Partner in one of the largest contract field sales organizations in the United States and served as a Nuclear Engineer for the United States Navy.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Clemson University. He is a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA) and serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee for the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, an Advisory Board Member for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, and a member of the Forbes Technology Council.
Mario Campos serves as President of IntelliSite LLC, a subsidiary company of EPIC IO. Alongside the Executive Leadership team, he oversees company operations, product design, and innovation as well as overall company strategy.
A serial entrepreneur, Mario guided the transition of QPCS LLC, a small California startup technology company into IntelliSite LLC, a market leading organization that delivers outcomes for its customers across IoT, Safety & Security, Computer Vision & Artificial Intelligence.
Prior to founding QPCS in 2001, Mario worked as a software architect for John Deere Agri Services, where he was responsible for the development of web-based + IoT software applications designed to provide food traceability in the Agribusiness world.
Mario immigrated to the US from Costa Rica in 1997. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems from California State University. He holds certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, CompTia, RedHat, and others. He serves on the Cradlepoint Advisory Committee and is also a member of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Forum. Mario is married and has two children.
Jorge Campos is the co-founder of IntelliSite Corporation and serves as the Chief Technology Officer, IoT.
Jorge’s extensive experience in the field has been instrumental in bringing new technologies together to create successful #IoT solutions. From a very young age, Jorge showed exceptional technological skills; he sold his first commercial computer program at the age of 10. In 1995, he worked as a senior engineer for Costa Rica’s National Bank and was part of the team that created and implemented the core software platform that was implemented across all of its branches.
Jorge is originally from Costa Rica and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from EARTH University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in computer science from California State University, Stanislaus.
JP is the Chief Revenue Officer for EPIC IO, IntelliSite, and Broad Sky Networks.
JP has over 30 years of sales and sales leadership experience in network, security, and data storage technology companies.
Prior to joining EPIC IO & IntelliSite, JP served as the VP of South Sales for Cohesity, a leader in Data Management solutions. Before joining Cohesity, he built and led the Southeast Majors organization at Palo Alto Networks for 4 years.
Early in his career, JP started with Cisco in 1993 and worked in sales, sales leadership, and global strategy and planning leadership capacities through 2014. JP’s vast experience across his 30+ years has prepared him well for his journey with EPIC IO, IntelliSite and Broad Sky Networks.
JP holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from the University of Texas A&M.
Michael is the Chief Digital Officer of EPIC IO, IntelliSite and Broad Sky Networks.
Michael is a technology industry veteran with more than 23 years of professional experience, holding a significant amount of technology/industry certifications, focusing on transformative outcomes and consulting across all industries.
Before joining EPIC IO, IntelliSite, and Broad Sky Networks, he was the Global Chief Technology Officer for Safety and Security – Industry Edge (IoT) at Dell Technologies. In this position, he led go-to-market strategies and enablement for solutions and outcomes comprised of not only the capabilities of Dell’s strategically aligned businesses but also the expansive partner ecosystem that included a vast amount of partners from strategic hyper-scalers to global systems integrators and independent hardware/software providers.
Michael has served as President, Chief Digital Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President and Global Director for multiple technology organizations delivering a myriad of solutions and services that include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, edge-to-cloud strategies, cloud and XaaS (Software, IaaS, PaaS, UCaaS), enterprise networking including SD-WAN, IOT/IIOT, analytics and business intelligence, safety, physical security and more.
Steve is the Chief Financial Officer of EPIC IO, IntelliSite, and Broad Sky Networks.
With over 20 years of financial leadership in technology and building services companies, Steve brings a wealth of experience in transformative financial leadership.
Prior to joining EPIC IO, Steve served as CFO for Inverify.US through its sale in 2019. Before that, Steve was the Corporate Controller and Vice President of Acquisition Finance & Integration at Universal Services of America / Allied Universal for over 16 years. Steve was instrumental in efficiently scaling and conducting financial integration across transformational growth from a small regional business to a multi-billion-dollar international provider.
Steve is a California licensed Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Agustin is the President of AI for IntelliSite and leads the AI business strategy and product development, partnering with the technology office to build and deliver a market-leading artificial intelligence solution.
Prior to this role, Agustin was the Co-Founder & CEO of Deep Vision AI, which was acquired by IntelliSite in early 2020. Agustin developed a pragmatic understanding of the strategic and technical applications of advanced technology, business, and systems processes, and incorporating computer vision applications for various industry use cases. He focuses on transforming ideas into well-engineered, customer-centric products and helping bring them to market. He has a contagious passion for innovation, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship.
Agustin started his career at the INRIA research center. He holds a computer engineering degree from the National University of Cordoba – the oldest university in Argentina and one of the first in the Americas.
Leandro is the Chief Technology Officer of AI for IntelliSite. He leads the company’s AI engineering and product development teams worldwide. He is a proven leader and expert in designing, building, and delivering the right solution for any computer vision application.
Previously, he was the Co-Founder of Deep Vision AI, which was acquired by IntelliSite in early 2020. Deep Vision AI is an industry-leading platform of computer vision and AI-enabled applications for mid-market and large enterprise customers, global technology partners, and governments worldwide.
Earlier in his career, he was Professor of Computer Architecture for the Faculty of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences in Argentina. He also worked at the Department of Applied Research in the Argentinian Air Force.
Leandro holds a Computer Engineering degree from the National University of Cordoba – the oldest university in Argentina and one of the first in the Americas.
Chris Jenkins is the Director of Professional Services and Delivery at IntelliSite.
Prior to IntelliSite, Chris held a variety of engineering positions at Dell, Cisco, Tyco, ADT, and Identiv, as well as owning his own security company. Chris has nearly 30 years of sales, delivery, and engineering experience. Chris has exceptional expertise in IT, compute, networking, safety & security, computer vision, and IoT which makes him a perfect fit for IntelliSite.
Pablo Fernandez is the General Manager at IntelliSite for Latin America. In this role, Pablo is helping to bring the company’s advanced IoT and AI-enabled technologies to mid-market and large enterprise customers, technology partners, and government municipalities throughout Latin America.
Prior to IntelliSite, Pablo provided service delivery and infrastructure support for Fortune 500 companies like Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Bank of America, and Pfizer, among others. Pablo is an IoT enthusiast with deep knowledge in smart cities, industrial IoT, and much more. He is also a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) with over 15 years of working experience in information technology across multiple verticals.