IBM gives Cook County a boost with cruiser-linked infrastructure surveillance

Published 7 December 2006

Cameras from Panasonic and Pelco are wirelessly connected to in-car screens and DVRs; Project Shield aims to protect 126 sites at a cost of only $900,000

Cook County, Illinois, perhaps most famous as the fictional birthplace of the Blues Brothers, will soon have on hand one of the country’s most sophisticated infrastructure security systems. Under the Project Shield endeavor announced last month, video cameras surveilling 126 municipal water stations, power plants, and important sites will be linked wirelessly to video and DVR systems inside police squad cars. The installation, which will cost $900,000 and is one of IBM’s first such endeavors in the Midwest, relies on digital, 360 degree cameras from Pelco and Panasonic.

-read more in Sherry Whittemore’s Security Director News report