Cygnus Security Group's Secured Cities Launch a Success!

May 31, 2011 (05:05 PM EDT)

Atlanta municipal surveillance event sold-out; additional location announced

ATLANTA, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the face of municipal budget cuts across the country, the reliance of law enforcement and local government on video surveillance and security, the need for new technology continues to grow dramatically.  With the security industry's leading web site,, continuing to see traffic rise, particularly around municipal security and surveillance topics, the decision to launch Secured Cities was the logical next step.  

Those in attendance at Secured Cities Atlanta this month were provided with opportunities to network with local leaders, security manufacturers and integrators, and learn from the architects of Atlanta's municipal surveillance initiative.  

"Relevant content is the key to success with any conference, and we are excited that our speakers and sessions hit that mark with an audience eagerly seeking to learn more about the implementation of municipal surveillance, from design and installation to procurement and funding," said Geoffrey Kohl, editor-in-chief of and conference director for Secured Cities.  "With demand so great, we plan to meet in several cities around the country beginning in Baltimore in November."

Secured Cities Atlanta featured two primary education tracks.  Operations/Management focused on budget, manpower, and city policies, while the Technical Track focused on systems integration and design and the IT components of system implementation, particularly the use of IP video surveillance.  Sgt. Patrick O'Donnell, program manager for the Chicago Police Department's municipal video surveillance program, provided an in-depth look at one of the country's most extensive programs, Operation Virtual Shield.  Funded partially by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, the City of Chicago has deployed more than 17,000 security cameras in and around the city.  In addition to solving more than 5000 crimes, surveillance is a necessity for First Responders who are able to view locations en route to an emergency.

"Atlanta was the logical choice to begin the Secured Cities events, as it tied directly to the city's ongoing efforts to increase crime-fighting technology," says Kohl.  "Strategy is crucial when deploying surveillance and collaboration and planning is essential.  Just as important is a strong partnership with city officials and law enforcement.  Atlanta is a model when it comes to public/private partnership."

One of the highlights of the conference was that attending police and city representatives were able to tour the ongoing project in the City of Atlanta that links the E911 dispatch operations with the city's video integration center, as well as the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District's urban public safety efforts.

A second Secured Cities' event is slated for Baltimore on November 10th and 11th of 2011.  Secured Cities in Baltimore will provide law enforcement, city managers and security technology companies with case studies on design, implementation, funding and operation of municipal surveillance systems.  This program is built for municipal leaders, city managers, and public safety personnel as it offers information on funding, grants, privacy concerns, monitoring and equipment.  Cygnus' Security Group is planning additional conferences. To learn more, sign up to receive ongoing news, visit  Follow @SecuredCities on Twitter.

Sponsored by, Security Technology Executive, Security Dealer & Integrator, Law Enforcement Technology,, and Law Enforcement Product News, Secured Cities 2011 is designed to offer the most comprehensive information about municipal surveillance.  City managers, law enforcement leaders and system integrators who are operating, developing or implementing municipal video systems used for security, and law enforcement will gain a close-up view of a real-world city video surveillance project implementation.  For more information or to register, visit

SOURCE Cygnus Security Group