Response to incidents often requires multi-jurisdictional coordination between county, city, state and federal agencies. Live streaming video can be a valuable tool to help agencies efficiently manage planned and unplanned events that span long distances and across multiple modes of transportation. Unfortunately, video assets in various agencies are almost always in their own closed network, with no common network to access video, varying video formats and no policy or Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for sharing in the first place. As a result, valuable video data is trapped in silos.
State, city and local transportation, homeland security, state and local police and other response agencies can utilize varying camera types (analog and IP) and have groups of cameras scattered across multiple secure sub-networks and organizations. Often, these video sources are locked behind very secure networks with strict protocols and proprietary clients. In coordinated regional response strategies, video sources are always cross-jurisdictional, meaning strong CONOPS and security requirements need to be in place, increasing the challenge for video sharing.
The Skyline OneView provides a platform by which video from multiple jurisdictions and formats can be normalized and shared, all in a secure environment that supports CONOPS requirements for access, control and monitoring. Source agencies can retain full control over their video assets and can easily share with partner agencies of their choice. The video sharing network can be located within a specific agency’s secure network or hosted remotely in a secure environment, depending upon specific requirements of agencies involved in the regional coordinated response.
Partner agencies, or consumers, can view valuable video data without having to install proprietary clients or additional hardware. Skyline video sharing can greatly enhance the coordination of large regional special events when each participating agency has “eyes” on what is happening and can view streaming video wherever they need it, whether it be in a mobile command unit, TMC, in-vehicle display, PC or mobile device.
In the National Capital Region surrounding Washington D.C., over 20 state and local agencies share video assets from a variety of secure video networks. The project is managed by the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency with the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory as the major project partner. This project has provided a strategic direction for future video system investments within the region as well as an operational pilot video sharing environment.
Goal: The goal of the NCR Infrastructure working group was to create an integrated, video sharing network that can greatly increase the security of critical infrastructure as well as improve coordination for planned special events and unplanned incidents throughout the National Capital Region. Skyline Technology Solutions helped implement the detailed CONOPS developed by the group to ensure control and access to cameras follows the strict guidelines of the participating agency. The video sharing CONOPS is part of an overall incident and event management strategy for the group.
Secure: Via the Skyline OneView, each agency has access to their specified group of regional cameras and, in many cases, provides viewing access rights to their own cameras. The security of each source agency is not compromised and camera feeds are only directly accessed once. Full control of the camera remains with the source agency, including “kill switch” functionality. Each group of partners, or consumers of video, are organized into a secure DMZ, with access rights provided by the video source agency.
Scalable: The total number of cameras shared on this platform is approximately 1,000, spanning 20 different agencies throughout the region. The shared cameras vary in manufacturer, some digital and some analog, format and all originate from their own secure networks.
The working group plans on adding more cameras as the regional data sharing strategy evolves.