Live video to aid L.A. rescuers
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 05, 2000
The Los Angeles County, Calif., Fire and Sheriff's Department is spending
$1.4 million on an emergency response system that will allow people in command
centers to view live footage sent from helicopters above a crisis scene.
InnovaCom Inc. won the contract and installed four TransPeg 200 transceivers
on mountaintops around the Los Angeles area, as well as receivers in the
command center. The transceivers take video footage from the helicopters
and compress it so it can be sent to the command center in East Los Angeles.
"They are getting real-time, broadcast-quality surveillance video,"
said Frank Alioto, InnovaCom's chief executive officer.
The system was designed for emergencies such as earthquakes, floods,
fires and riots. It uses real-time footage, allowing emergency response
personnel to get an overhead view of the problem and take action.
Alioto said that the compression equipment is needed because of the
large number of transmissions in the area. The video can be sent only from
the helicopter to the mountains without interference. Once the video is
compressed, it can then be sent into the basin.