How a Midwestern “Digital City” Serves and Protects the Public
Bellwood in 2005 created an integrated wireless surveillance network focused on 2.5 miles of public streets, sidewalks, and alleys. The system has both audio and video and can focus on sounds of breaking glass or gunshots. Cameras were also installed at intersections to catch red light runners, illegal right on red turns, violators of railroad crossing signals, and even overweight trucks. The system has reduced 911 calls, general calls for service, and such property crime as auto theft.