Motorola this week announced the launch of three new video solutions that are designed to enhance the usefulness of public-safety video surveillance applications in next-generation LTE networks.

Demonstrated at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Orlando, the three solutions — Realtime Video Intelligence (RTVI), Optimized Video Security and the ALT1000 Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) surveillance trailer — will help “video relevant to our customer in the role they’re in, whether they’re in the command center or on foot,” said Rod Guy, Motorola’s director of mobile computing operations.

While streaming video can be transmitted over commercial wireless networks, those networks often utilize buffering techniques to deal with capacity-throughput shortages. RTVI uses encoding to adjust video streams to match available bandwidth and to manage packet loss, so first responders can use the video surveillance in a mission-critical environment, Guy said.

“You don’t want to be looking at a video that’s 5 to 10 seconds old because you had to build a buffer in to cover all the shortages and packet loss that can happen over a wireless network,” he said. “We’re doing things to give you the true, real-time view … and get the best-quality video without the buffering and tactics that work well in the consumer world.”

Motorola’s Optimized Video Security solution integrates all audio, data and video transmitted to a command center by prioritizing and selecting the most relevant information for dispatchers using a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.

“When a dispatcher is looking at an incident on that map view, you would be able to access and pull up the relevant video stream from the available cameras in the vicinity,” Guy said.

In addition, Motorola has taken ALPR technology from PIPS Technology that has been available in public-safety vehicles for years and integrated into a radar trailers that often are deployed along roadsides to inform drivers of their traveling speeds. With the ALT1000, public-safety agencies can scan and record license plates in key traffic areas to help determine the location of suspects or stolen vehicles.

“The plates that the ALPR systems reads throughout the day … can be forwarded into the backend ALPR server for later query and search as a records database,” Guy said. “Where it gets a hit (of a license plate of interest), the system is capable of sending an SMS or an e-mail to indicate that is actually got a hit.”