Video and biohazard monitoring of sites during incidents Conference Paper uri icon


  • Since the events of September 11, 2001, there has been steadily increasing recognition of the need to provide adequate monitoring of sites where hazardous materials are routinely stored or where large numbers of people gather, and to provide for the seamless transfer of such monitoring abilities to law enforcement agencies in the event of incidents and emergencies requiring their support. Such capabilities require an infrastructure that includes not only communications but also the supporting software to ensure reliable, authenticated and secure remote operation of video cameras and systems such as teleoperated robots which may be used to respond to the emergency. We describe the requirements such a system must fulfill, support for law enforcement mobile unit reception of video and biohazard information from a response site, and needs for storage of and access to video and biohazard data throughout an agency's internal network. The state of the art for current systems is commented upon, and some areas of current research that bear on future systems are described. RFI results suggest that components to build such systems are largely available, but not thoroughly integrated with each other. Prospective purchasers should avoid committing to any current system without contractual provisions for upgrades to more complete systems that will surely become available during their system's service life.

author list (cited authors)

  • Armitage, W. D., Kalyadin, D., Labrador, M., & Murphy, R.

publication date

  • December 2006