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San Francisco’s Historic Union Square Upgrades Surveillance Security for Public Safety

Union Square, San Francisco’s premier shopping and cultural hub, sees a positive impact to public safety with the upgrade of districtwide security protection. A unified IP surveillance system manages some 350 cameras and allows the ability to identify and quickly respond to potential security events.

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To increase safety for residents and visitors to Union Square in San Francisco, California, the Union Square Business Improvement District (USBID), working in partnership with the city, is deploying the latest in IP video surveillance to enhance security throughout Union Square district. Union Square is San Francisco’s popular destination for premier retail, hotel, theater, and cultural entertainment.

The USBID selected Applied Video Solutions, a San Francisco-based engineering firm, to install over 350 Avigilon HD Multisensor and HD Pro cameras over its 27-block area. These cameras run on Avigilon network video recorders and Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software. Avigilon’s broad range of cameras, deep learning artificial intelligence-driven video analytics technology, and video management software solutions meet the diverse needs of the UDBID.

Established in 1999, the USBID was the first in San Francisco and now encompasses 2,980 parcels. USBID covers approximately 27 whole or partial blocks of the Union Square area. Exterior boundaries include Kearny Street and Claude Lane to the East; varying Bush, Sutter, Post, and Geary streets to the North; Mason and Taylor streets and Shannon Alley to the West; and Market Street to the South.

Improving public safety through the use of unified IP video surveillance, Applied Video Solutions installs Avigilon HD Multisensor cameras because their flexible design can capture multiple angles of the busy streets of Union Square from a single camera to maximize scene coverage and minimize blind spots. With resolutions from 4K (8 megapixels (MP)) to 7K (30 MP), the cameras cover wide areas of Union Square. Operators are finding exceptional image detail to zoom in, allows the ability to identify and quickly respond to potential security events.

“Our top priority is to keep Union Square as the vibrant heart of San Francisco and a world-class destination,” said Karin Flood, the USBID’s executive director. “The ACC system is easy to use and the camera image quality is stunning, allowing our operators to conduct fast video searches and accurate investigations when an incident has occurred. This has helped deter crime and ultimately makes the Union Square district safer and even more enjoyable for our community.”

USBID’s goal is to enhance the experiences of visitors to the area by continuing to provide public safety services among other maintenance marketing, advocacy, and beautification programs. USBID ensures Union Square remains a world-class destination as well as a clean, safe, and attractive district for everyone.