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Smart Security Vehicles Leverage IoT to Capture and Share Data

With Internet of Things sensors and connectivity from MetTel, Brosnan Risk Consultants is monitoring the conditions in and around its security trucks, then sharing that data with customers to provide greater visibility into work being done by each of thousands of officers throughout the United States.
By Claire Swedberg

Moreover, the technology can remain with the security officer as he or she leaves the vehicle. Each officer wears a camera device provided by MetTel, which captures data as the individual competes a "walk about" in a specific area. When that worker returns to the vehicle, the system leverages a Wi-Fi connection between the personal camera device and the MetTel gateway unit to upload the camera data and forward it to the command center.

The system can include drones that sit on trucks, which can be flown over parking lots or other areas to capture video footage of what is taking place. Each drone has its own SIM card and 4G connectivity, as well as a Wi-Fi connection so it can transmit data to the vehicle unit (the data can also be forwarded via a cellular connection). Brosnan intends to add other sensors to the vehicles as well, he says, including gunshot sensors, counter UAV sensors and more. "We can mitigate risks before they become threats," he states, "act in real time when needed, and always keep the customer engaged as to what's going on."

Brosnan SmartTrucks
MetTel provides the sensors and connectivity hardware, Crandell reports, including its own gateway unit and sensors from third-party providers. Each gateway unit sends a vehicle's unique identification, along with the sensor and camera data, so the company can monitor every vehicle and the driver associated with it. The units include a private Internet Protocol Network (IPN), with a Web application firewall to maintain data security.

Thus far, the SmartTruck technology has been deployed in several thousand vehicles. MetTel provides installation and maintenance for the solution, as well as the software and app. The technology used, and the alerting function, can be customized based on the specific location and the risks associated with a particular place.

While MetTel stores historical data for around 30 days, Brosnan Risk Consultants says it can store the information for longer periods. In that way, if there is a report about an accident months after the fact, the company can still review what happened based on the collected camera and sensor data. Ultimately, the technology allows the Brosnan Command Center to receive and act on notifications in real time, 24-7, "thus providing a superior security solution to clients," Brosnan says.

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