Jon Antoine

Jon Antoine

Public Safety Directory

Public safety is everyone’s concern.  We take great pride in our allegiance to this concern and have built a partnership with local law enforcement agencies to support business owners in the area.

For years, we have seen some of the most fantastic, engaging and affordable technologies in the field of surveillance.  What was once thought of “Big Brother” conspiracy, now is on the doorbell and smart phone of millions of citizens.  The Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement Districts (AACIDs) are no different.  We have four main initiatives that include: Beautification, Infrastructure, Signage and potentially the most important being Public Safety.

Public safety is everyone’s concern.  We take great pride in our allegiance to this concern and have built a partnership with local law enforcement agencies to support business owners in the area. Because safety is aligned with positive motifs such as: efficiency, credibility, value of service, and economic vitality, we have created the Aerotropolis Community Connect program. This platform allows local business owners to selectively share video feeds directly to the police.   This cutting edge, cloud-based, security surveillance technology, provided through Genetec, a provider of IP security solutions unified in a single platform, will significantly improve response times to incidents, hence offering smoother and more effective investigations.

There are various indicators that support, the use of security cameras aid in increasing safety and reducing the risk of theft.  Similar video monitoring programs, in other cities, have reported this technology has helped to deter crime. When business owners are engaged in the process, response times can be reduced as an officer may be aware of a crime prior to a call being placed.  Because officers can view cameras on their smartphones, laptops and tablets, they can conduct surveillance on those business that may be high in negative activity and stop those incidents without those suspects having any idea they are being watched. The business owner can also share recorded video directly to the police, rather than waiting several hours or days to make the transfer or grant access to the video.  Easy access to the video can also allow for quick distribution of a suspect’s image to officers close to the scene of the crime, ultimately improving the investigation and search. Because recorded video is stored in the cloud, it is safe from physical damage and secure from unauthorized access.  This direct connection to the local police department is reassuring to participants of Aerotropolis Community Connect; thus optimizing their Aerotropolis business experience.

The camera systems are reasonably priced and can be leased or purchased through several vendors, including Georgia Power and Comcast.  The affordability of the system extends to the police departments as well.  Cities and counties that are clients of Genetec, can get a user license for all their officers for under $200.  Those who aren’t clients can get the service per user for under $150 per license.  In a world moving toward smart cities, this technology will prove invaluable in the long run. By purchasing or leasing high definition security cameras, companies can be directly connected to the local police departments.

For more information on the program, please contact Jon Antoine, Public Safety Director of Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs at jantoine@aerocids.com.