Born within the Central Valley of California, IntelliSite is committed to the growth and safety of its hometown and the protection of its law enforcement. Spurred by a recent incident that involved an officer’s death while delivering a warrant, IntelliSite relied on its expertise in remote surveillance to deliver an IoT connected drone solution. By equipping drones with surveillance and connecting wirelessly with multiple locations to provide a live view, Modesto’s law enforcement agencies have changed their practice on delivering warrants and are now better equipped to monitor situations from multiple perspectives.
The use of drones across multiple fields is only beginning to be realized. According to research firm Gartner, drone sales are expected to balloon to $11.2 billion by 2020. This figure is based in part on Gartner’s estimate that 3 million drones were manufactured in 2017. The use and application of drones for law enforcement purposes has taken many forms dating back to 2006. “Drones have been used for surveillance to support missions related to kidnappings, search and
rescue operations, drug interdictions, and fugitive investigations,” the FBI revealed in a 2013 letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who had inquired about FBI use of aerial drones. The use of drones in 2006 was reserved for the government’s highest law enforcement agencies as the technology was experimental and expensive.
Jump forward to today and you realize that the accessibility and low cost of drones has allowed law enforcement at every level to utilize the technology to monitor actions and create safer environments. Today’s drones are made powerful by the advances made to the technology and cameras as well as the introduction of wireless connectivity that allow drones to become common fixture within law enforcement actions. IntelliSite has developed a proven and commercially viable solution that allows multiple drones to take flight, relay and capture live video with their surveillance cameras and connect multiple locations with a live feed. With eyes in the sky, law enforcement is in a better situation to monitor an ongoing incident, track individuals and respond more quickly when needed. Additionally, the capturing of the videos has become a powerful tool in helping share how each scenario unfolds. This unique insight helps shape best practices and has become a valuable tool in the prosecution of criminals.
The applications are not limited to issuing warrants. Law enforcement has begun to explore the use of drone’s in any type of scenario that can eliminate an officer from harm’s way and in situations that are improved with the use of real-time intelligence. For example, drones provide a valuable tool and expand the footprint of an agency’s resources including: missing persons, crowd monitoring, traffic analysis, bomb threats, hostage scenarios and broad surveillance initiatives.
IntelliSite’s development of a connected drone solution builds upon its successful track record of working with law enforcement. In February, IntelliSite announced that it is one of just three vendors nationwide that is connected to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) national database. IntelliSite's access to the DOJ allows cities and private enterprises to create a network of pre-crime, Universal IoT Gateways (UIGs) that combine video analytics with License Plate Recognition (LPR). According to QYResearch, the LPR market was $278.65 million in 2017 and is expected to grow 10.29% annually to reach more than $610 million in 2025.
Connected with the Department of Justice, IntelliSite’s LPR solution allows license plates to be monitored in real time to stop and prosecute criminal activity. IntelliSite has been instrumental in allowing cities, counties and private companies to create connected environments that have resulted in:
Safer communities and roadways that are monitored 24/7
New revenue streams created by issuing of citations
Lower crime rates
Reallocation of law enforcement personnel
We are at the very beginning of a technological shift that is going to see the development of unique applications like the drones that will have us all question standard practices. IntelliSite continues to work with customers to identify how IoT applications can address real life problems and make communities safer.