As the nation’s principle commercial and manufacturing center and home to 3.74 million people, Guayaquil, Ecuador is the capital of the Ecuadorian province of Guayas. Security and safety initiatives are spearheaded by the Guayaquil Corporation for Public Safety (Corporación para la Seguridad Ciudadana de Guayaquil, or CSCG), a non-profit municipal corporation that coordinates public safety efforts throughout the area. Video surveillance plays a key role in helping the city of Guayaquil keep its citizens and tourists safe.

A critical component of the city’s proactive Safe City initiative was the Verint (Melville, NY) platform. As such, CSCG worked with systems integration firm Union Electrica Ecuador to expand its system by increasing the number of Verint IP cameras in its surveillance network to 475. The robust network now includes more than 800 IP cameras, all of which are driven by Verint video management software (VMS).

Verint’s VMS solution delivers tangible benefits, including expedited investigations, the ease of sharing of information with first responders and a reduction in criminal activities. For CSCG, IP surveillance solutions offer greater capabilities than analog systems, helping officials locate and extract video easily and send it to the appropriate agencies for collaborative, more conclusive investigations. Officials directly involved with these advances consider the solution a necessity to conduct business and help ensure the safety of the city.

 “Our vision for the city goes far beyond our current system,” says Gustavo Zuñiga, president, CSCG. “Due to the success of the Verint surveillance network and the role it’s played in crime reduction, we plan to continue to build onto the system.”