'CitySync' Ushers in Safe Cities of the Future

Image Sensing Systems is aligning law enforcement, traffic and security with innovative technology and data analytics to improve safety and efficiency.


Saint Paul, Minn., October 16, 2013 -  Shrinking city resources.  Growing crime rates.  Increased security and parking needs.  Jamming traffic.  The future of our cities seems destined to be inadequately prepared to meet such challenges.  Until you learn that Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISNS), a global leader in above-ground technology solutions, is dedicating significant resources to its "CitySync" initiative to improve safety and efficiency for cities and highways.

“The world is ripe for new solutions,” said Kris Tufto, CEO of Image Sensing Systems. “As the pioneer that invented video detection and radar detection, Image Sensing Systems has a legacy of innovation, and will continue to use imagination to anticipate and solve the critical issues facing our cities. ISS Labs already is investigating new ways to apply sensing capabilities that connect the physical and digital worlds – as is done with Google Glass and other barrier-breaking products – to make our cities more livable, efficient and sustainable.”

Through its research arm, ISS Labs, Image Sensing Systems is investing brainpower into CitySync by investigating new ways to combine leading-edge above-ground detection technology, radar, Big Data collection and analysis to give law enforcement, security, parking and traffic management professionals more precise and accurate information. With increased real-time reaction capabilities and in-depth analytics, these professionals will be able to make more confident and proactive decisions that will streamline operations and improve safety.

In addition, Image Sensing Systems is offering its expertise and influence to help decision-makers work together and unify efforts through shared data and technology, as part of its CitySync initiative.

The first of its official CitySync initiatives, Image Sensing Systems will preview its breakthrough new data analytics software, CitySync Safety, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, which begins October 20 in Philadelphia. The back office solution automatically turns data collected from license plate recognition (LPR) technology into crisply analyzed information, enabling law enforcement investigators to quickly get the critical evidence they need to move from crime to conviction faster.

It will be available for on-premise and cloud-based applications in January in the United States, and already is being leveraged successfully globally to solve cases from petty theft to major crimes. In the United Kingdom, for example, investigators pinpointed the vehicle used by a pickpocket and arrested him two hours after he stole a woman’s credit card and used it in multiple locations. In another case, investigators combined license plate recognition technology, security footage from a gas station and data analysis to identify and ultimately convict a man of starting a house fire that killed three people and seriously injured two others.

Image Sensing Systems worked closely with Minneapolis-development company Agosto, a Google Apps and cloud-consulting firm, to bring CitySync Safety to fruition. And Tufto foresees more CitySync opportunities for future collaboration.

“As cities try to do more with less, most have yet to fully realize the benefit of interconnected efforts,” said Tufto said. “CitySync is a unified solution – and ambition – that leverages innovative technology and mutual cooperation to make our cities safer and operationally more cost effective.”

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