The Columbus Compact Corporation is coordinating a network of security cameras
along E. Main Street, on the Near East Side of Columbus.
The cameras, which are installed on six buildings between 17th Street and
Wilson Avenue, are networked to a single Digital Video Recorder, and images are
uploaded real-time for viewing over the Internet. A seventh camera will be
added to the system in the summer of 2009.
In accordance with the law, the cameras are installed to view public spaces
where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.
The primary purpose of this program is to deter criminal activity.
Secondary purposes are to aid law enforcement in the identification and
prosecution of suspects when crimes occur.
A committee consisting of Compact Board, Staff, and representatives of community
organizations (block watches and civic associations) has been assembled to
provide guidance and oversight to the project.
The Compact has made this project
as a community program. Real time images are uploaded to the Internet, and
available for viewing. Community residents and business owners who
express interest, provide background and reference information, and commit to an hour-long training session, are
not just able to view, but they are provided
confidential User Names and Passwords, and are given access to the
Pan-Tilt-Zoom, Search, and Record functions of the camera system. One
Camera Control Operator taped the assault shown on the following still pictures,
and called police who responded almost instantly to stop the assault.
Identification of the assailant was made within an hour as he returned to the
scene. After publication of this video to our YouTube.com channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/EMSCP),
this individual has not been seen on the corner since. Similar videos on
our YouTube channel show the power of technology to help community volunteers to
make a difference in their neighborhood. Please note that while we post
video of bad behavior as a way of letting people know our eyes are on them if
they mess up (and we do provide prosecutorial evidence), these situations are
exceptions to the vast majority of video time that shows the boring, normal,
everyday and safe activity of the overwhelming numbers of good people in our
neighborhood as they work, play, live, and shop in our community.
Through the simple act of keeping
the cameras open on their computer screen, Camera Control Operators provide a critical community service, extending the
eyes of law enforcement from the comfort of their own homes. Videotapes
and Still Photographs taken by Camera Control Operators and Compact staff has
been invaluable and provided to law enforcement has been key evidence in
confirming incidents and identifying suspects.
IPR WEB VIEWER
People who are not Camera Control Operators can access a
view-only capacity using the IPR Web Viewer. 75 users can
access the Web IPR simultaneously (view only). To access, type
the IP address of the IPR into the web address bar (http://188.8.131.52/).
When attempting this for the first time on a computer, a window
may open and you will be asked to accept an Active X
installation: select “Yes.” [Note: if you receive a message
saying Internet Explorer security settings do not allow you to
download Active X, then you will need to adjust the browser
security settings. One way to do this is to add the IP address
of the IPR to the trusted sites list inside Internet Explorer.]
If the above does not work, you may need to adjust some settings
in your browser. For Internet Explorer, click on “Tools” and
“Internet Options.” Click the “Security” tab of the Internet
Options page and then "Custom" level. Ensure the following settings:
Enable - Allow previously unused ActiveX controls to run
Enable – Automatic prompting for ActiveX
Prompt – Download signed ActiveX controls
Prompt – Download unsigned ActiveX controls
Prompt – Initialize and Script ActiveX controls not marked as
Enable – Run ActiveX controls and plug ins
Enable – Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting.
When you get to the
blue screen with the red "Go" button, click "Go" and enter
"Guest1" as both User ID and Password (no quotes). You
will then be able to view the cameras real-time. For more
information, or to become a Camera Control Operator with
Pan-Tilt-Zoom capability, contact Michael Whitfield, at 251-0926
ext. 111, or