Can Intelligent Lighting Keep Mexico City Neighborhoods Safe?

VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp.,  a retail software technology company, and Energetika, an international provider of “intelligent lighting” solutions, have begun deployment of a $10 million smart city security contract to help keep Mexico City’s neighborhoods safe.

The project combines Energetika’s smart lighting with VSBLTY’s crowd analytics and facial recognition.

“We have begun phase one deployment of security kits covering up to 40,000 endpoints throughout 56 communities in Mexico City beginning in the boroughs of Miguel Hidalgo, Cuajimalpa, Benito Juarez and Cuauhtemoc. Each neighborhood security kit consists of high definition cameras equipped with VSBLTY facial recognition and analytics, wireless alarms, motion sensors and panic buttons integrated with high LED facade light fixtures, Energetika CEO, Rodrigo Calderon, said. “This low cost system runs off local citizens’ internet service and is accessible on their mobile devices in real time. With this unique security kit deployment model perfected, we have introduced this program to other Central and South American municipalities whose needs are equally compelling and where this cost-efficient solution can be installed in three million security cameras or more.”

The companies are already sending the kits to other parts of Latin America in an effort to build on the success of the program in Mexico City.

“This program is setting the standard for collaborative security where citizens, law enforcement and technology will work together,” added VSBLTY CEO Jay Hutton. “Future deployments will provide next generation public safety applications including tracking of persons of interest, weapon detection, as well as vehicle and crowd analytics.”