Richmond Protects Its City and Port with Tyco

Business Drivers

  • Reduce City Crime
  • Protect Richmond's Port
  • Gain Flexible and Reliable Operation
  • Bolster Homeland Security

Key Highlights

  • Richmond wanted to reduce crime in areas of the city and better monitor its large Port.
  • They selected a cutting-edge, 116 camera digital video surveillance system from Tyco.
  • The flexible and reliable system allows repositioning of cameras and, if any node fails, can enable other nodes to take over transmission.


The City of Richmond, California, population 103,000, is located 26 kilometres northeast of San Francisco on a peninsula separating San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay. The city has one of the largest shipping ports for liquid bulk and automobile tonnage in the area. Richmond's leaders were looking for two security solutions: one for the City to help reduce crime and vandalism and limit illegal dumping and trespassing, and another to help monitor the Port of Richmond as part of the Port's homeland security initiatives.


Richmond selected Tyco to provide a cutting-edge digital video surveillance system. The three-year, € 3.1 million euro contract involves the installation and maintenance of 34 cameras in high crime areas in the City, including unincorporated parts of North Richmond, as well as 82 cameras around the Port of Richmond. The City system will have the ability to wirelessly transmit images to the Richmond police headquarters and to the police dispatch centre where the cameras will be monitored. The Port system will wirelessly transmit images to Port Security.


Response from the public to the announcement of the cameras has been very positive. System software can be programmed to enable the cameras to recognize and record certain activity in a location. This can help law enforcement identify the occurrence of criminal conduct, such as someone painting graffiti on a wall or dumping trash and garbage in unauthorized areas. It also provides for maximum flexibility by allowing cameras to be easily repositioned on a wireless mesh network. The technology offers system reliability as the information travels across nodes, or relays, until it reaches its destination. Should any node fail, the system has the capability to enable other nodes to take over and complete the transmission. A second phase of the project is already underway, and will include transmitting video directly to Richmond police patrol cars. This will give police officers the ability to view crime scenes remotely, giving them insights into the situation before they arrive, greatly improving effectiveness.


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