For the past few weeks, we have been working with The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce to add an additional 18 cameras in the Chinatown area.
While the neighborhood is considered quite safe, the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce along with other community leaders have been discussing the ongoing safety of residents and tourists. In association with Chinatown Parking, The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce selected our company, Vintech systems, to contribute our expertise and perform the installation of the new cameras.
In this case, our challenge was to identify the most suitable locations to distribute cameras throughout the Chinatown area. The Chinatown neighborhood is on the south side, centered on Cermak and Wentworth Avenues. We carefully considered the needs of the community to provide optimal solutions.
During our open-communication meetings, we carefully considered locations with higher crime reporting and focused on an adequate supply and even distribution of cameras to maximize coverage. Additionally, we recommended the use of wireless high definition cameras that detect motion; meaning that the cameras are not static, can follow motion, record continuously and provide wider coverage. A single High Definition camera is capable of covering the same area as four analog cameras. Using these types of cameras was essential in providing wider coverage while simultaneously being cost effective.
As part of the solution we also emphasize the importance of being able to identify faces and/or license plates. The images of high definition cameras can be enhanced without compromising details. The system's DVR automatically saves and stores footage for up to 21 days. If a crime occurs, the Chicago police department can obtain the footage to assist in identifying the perpetrators. In many cases, this leads to an arrest.
A few other Chicago neighborhoods are already taking similar actions in an effort to keep their neighborhoods safer. We are confident that the solutions implemented by VinTech Systems will improve the Chinatown community's safety.