As the temperatures rise in Phoenix when we enter the hot summer months, sadly so do the number of children that drown or have near-drowning experiences in swimming pools in Arizona.
Just last week, a 2-year-old girl drowned in West Phoenix after Phoenix firefighters pulled her from a backyard pool after she had been reportedly under water for five minutes. Neighbors had originally called 911 after hearing screams coming from the backyard area, where the pool had no surrounding fence.
Although many may correlate Centralized Vision’s real-time video managed services with preventing or solving crimes, we also monitor video surveillance cameras at a variety of apartment complexes or master-planned family communities that feature common-area swimming pools, clubhouses and entertainment areas. Some of our current clients include Park Place Condominiums in Surprise, Valencia Crossing Apartments in Mesa, Fountain Shadows Apartments in Glendale and Adora Trails, a Taylor Morrison master-planned community in Gilbert.
Although our video monitoring services are not a replacement for on-site lifeguards or parental supervision, Centralized Vision technicians in our corporate headquarters that monitor surveillance cameras at our client’s properties have the ability to visually see that rules are being adhered to by residents, such as no glass bottles or alcohol near the swimming pool. We can also make sure that residents are not using the pool after hours when there is no supervision and watch out for children or small animals playing near the pool area.
As a mom, it breaks my heart to hear of drowning tragedies on the news like we did with the 2-year-old girl last week. Hopefully, we can decrease the number of drowning deaths with more supervision and surveillance cameras and make swimming in the hot summer months in Phoenix more enjoyable for everybody.
It has been some time since voters approved Proposition 203 in the November 2010 general election to allow the sale and use of medical marijuana in Arizona. After the Arizona Department of Health Services released its rules for distribution and use of medical marijuana in March 2011, a few dispensaries have opened to serve those who have a state-issued medical marijuana registry identification card.
Over the past six months, we have targeted medical marijuana facilities to provide real-time video managed services for because the State of Arizona requires each dispensary to comply with specific security requirements, including mandatory use of video surveillance cameras. Starting May 6, I am pleased to announce that Centralized Vision will begin providing video monitoring services at Giving Tree Wellness Center’s medical marijuana dispensaries in North Phoenix, and later this summer when their other location in Mesa opens.
Centralized Vision will monitor numerous video surveillance cameras on the interior and exterior of Giving Tree Wellness Center’s two locations, as well as provide one-way audio response to ensure the facility is not vandalized, burglarized or targeted by criminals. We are also providing Giving Tree our Scout Ahead service, which allows their employees to talk with our techs at our Phoenix headquarters while being watched on video surveillance to ensure their route from the facility to their car is free from harm. If necessary, Centralized Vision has long-standing relationships with a contracted security patrol company and local police departments to dispatch police officers.
In addition to the many auto dealerships, retail centers, recycling facilities, office buildings and warehouse distribution centers we monitor, I believe medical marijuana dispensaries will be a new industry we will be able to lend our expertise to in the near future. We can help each dispensary develop their state-mandated security plan, which requires every facility to have security equipment to deter unauthorized entrance to limited access areas, exterior lighting and video surveillance cameras. A dispensary must also have policies and procedures in place for the use of the security equipment to prevent unauthorized access to medical marijuana at the facility.
Most importantly, we have proven to be a cost-effective solution for Giving Tree and other medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona because our monthly rates are approximately 80 percent less than a security officer to patrol the premises. With medical marijuana being legal in 17 states now, Centralized Vision can provide the same affordable rates, customer service and real-time security options to deter criminal activity at any dispensary in the country.
Tom and I just returned from a three-day trip to Las Vegas to attend the International Security Conference West show at the Sands Convention Center, where we established great relationships with various security camera software and equipment providers throughout the country to become advocates of Centralized Vision.
ISC West is the largest annual gathering of the security industry in the United States. Each year, security industry brands launch new products, solutions and technologies to the more than 23,000 security professionals visiting Las Vegas. There was more than $50 billion in buying power walking the aisles during the conference’s three days, showing how healthy the Security Industry Association is that represents all of the more than 350 security product manufacturers and service providers.
We met with numerous security camera companies, including Sony, OnSSI and Axis Communications, and video security software companies, Proximex, CNL and VidSys, to discuss if they could offer our video monitoring service in contracts to their customers, as a value add to enhance their solution. We also learned about new video security system camera technology that will be available soon, along with new software platforms that can be used to enhance our real-time video managed services.
Although we are one of the top-ranked security companies in Phoenix AZ, we were able to discuss business deals with conference attendees from anywhere in the country because we can connect our tech center monitoring service to any video camera systems around the world. Centralized Vision’s video surveillance system monitoring is very affordable and our security technology interfaces with all brands of video equipment and proprietary reporting software.
We are excited about further developing the relationships we made with numerous security industry companies at ISC West. We are also counting down the days to return to Las Vegas for ISC West in 2014.
With the FBI and Boston Police Department reviewing every photo and piece of video footage they can gather from the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy on April 15, 3TV television reporter Jared Dillingham looked into the increasing role of surveillance camera video and how it is being used in solving various crimes.
Dillingham interviewed Centralized Vision President and Founder Tom Vigilante Jr. about how the Phoenix metropolitan area is increasingly being monitored by more video security systems. Centralized Vision recently expanded its video monitoring service center in Central Phoenix after growing its client base by 30 percent in 2012.
“It’s pretty safe to say that somewhere somehow you are being watched,” Vigilante told Dillingham.
The real-time video verification services provided on the more than 5,000 cameras Centralized Vision monitors in the Phoenix area has helped local police departments make a couple of arrests each month to protect its clients’ assets.
“Improving technology, dropping costs and improving crime fighting are giving more birds’ eye views of everything we do,” Dillingham said in the segment.
Hopefully, the presence of security cameras at large public gatherings, sporting events and office buildings will deter criminals from committing these devastating acts of violence in the future. Because of technology and enhanced communications methods, it is nearly certain they will be brought to justice.
The current economic rebound has been great news for auto dealerships throughout the United States.
According to a recent J.D. Powers and Associates study, new cars and trucks sales are expected to reach nearly 1.5 million vehicles in March and experts are forecasting that 15.3 million automobiles will be sold in 2013.
Because growth in auto sales is outperforming earlier expectations, dealerships in Arizona are adding more vehicles on their lots to satisfy customer’s demands. However, an increase in an auto dealer’s inventory may also bring the potential of theft, vandalism and trespassing at dealerships.
Providing real-time video managed services for auto dealerships has developed into a core part of our business at Centralized Vision. With the addition of Earnhardt Cadillac in North Scottsdale and Desert Cadillac in Scottsdale as clients recently, Centralized Vision now monitors 16 auto dealerships in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
By providing remote-camera monitoring with real-time response actions, our technicians have been successful in capturing and arresting trespassers, graffiti taggers and thieves on the property of various clients, including car dealerships. Centralized Vision posts signs throughout our client’s properties to act as deterrents and if available, has the ability to utilize one or two-way audio speakers, to speak throughout the property with, to warn would-be criminals that they are being watched. Our service has proven to be a more affordable and efficient option when compared to other similar security options, with savings up to 85 percent less than the typical physical security officer.
As long as the economy continues to grow, people will continue to purchase big-ticket items like new vehicles. Centralized Vision’s service is designed to eliminate petty theft and vandalism and to ensure vehicles remain on the lot so auto dealers can meet consumer’s demands.
Tom Vigilante, Jr. is President & Founder of Centralized Vision, which has offices in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver. For more information on real-time video managed services or GPS monitoring, go to centralizedvision.com or call 855-888-8094.
A Centralized Vision technician noticed that a male suspect was trespassing on the property of Arizona Recycling Corp. after seeing him on video surveillance going through copper and other metal materials in cardboard bins at 8:45 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2013. The technician immediately called the Phoenix Police Department’s dispatch center and three units were sent to inspect the property near downtown Phoenix.
In the video, the suspect was spotted on Arizona Recycling Corp.’s property by the spotlights from a Phoenix Police Department helicopter. Phoenix Police confirmed seeing the suspect on property at 8:57 p.m. Five police officers, along with a K-9 unit, entered the property at 9:17 p.m. to search for the suspect. At 9:25 p.m., two officers can be seen on video escorting the suspect on the property in handcuffs.
The Centralized Vision technician confirmed with Phoenix Police Department’s dispatch at 10:29 p.m. the suspect was arrested and going through processing at a local jail.
I read an article recently that said small business optimism levels were down during the last quarter of 2012 after reports from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) showed slow sales were holding back job growth and expansion plans.
Whether these reports were true or just political propaganda surrounding Election Day in November, I can honestly say we are not seeing any signs of slow sales at Centralized Vision. We grew our revenues 30 percent in 2012 during our company’s fifth year of existence. My husband, Tom, and I are optimistic about the video security monitoring industry because of the efficiencies and inexpensive costs we can provide our clients looking to enhance their security needs.
We are so excited about our future at Centralized Vision that we recently have begun expanding our footprint at our corporate headquarters in Phoenix. We have already started construction on adding 400 square feet of office space that will house our new tech center, allowing us to increase to a total of six work stations for our techs to monitor our clients’ properties and assets from. Each tech can comfortably monitor 40-50 clients at each work station while also completing online logs from our centralized location that is manned 24 hours a day.
Construction will be completed during the first half of February, allowing us to serve the many clients we will be taking on in the near future. If we keep growing at our current rate, we will probably have to add additional space in a few more years.
Hopefully other small businesses in Arizona and throughout the U.S. will be able to say the same in the near future.
Tami Vigilante is Executive Vice President & Co-Founder at Centralized Vision. For more information on real-time video verification services or GPS monitoring, go to centralizedvision.com or call 855-888-8094. 1717 West Northern Avenue #200. Phoenix, Arizona 85021
A large portion of our client base at Centralized Vision that we provide video surveillance monitoring for are auto dealerships throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Overall, we provide remote-camera monitoring with real-time response options at 14 car dealerships in Arizona.
The dealerships have a variety of reasons (theft, trespassing, vandalism) of why they would need a company like ours to routinely monitor closed-circuit video cameras on their properties at various times throughout the day. However, a technician at our centralized tech center noticed suspicious activity after seeing two trespassers on camera recently at the vacant Infiniti of Scottsdale dealership we monitor in Scottsdale.
As you can see while watching the video, the cameras we monitor caught two suspects climbing over a locked gate on the property. After numerous cameras on the property provided detailed video images of the two suspects collecting copper pipes and other metals, our technician contacted the Scottsdale Police Department’s dispatch operator to alert local authorities of the criminal activity.
Within five minutes, one Scottsdale police officer was at the property, and another unit arrived at the auto dealership shortly after. Later in the video, the police officers can be seen arresting the suspects and also locating a bag of metal objects the criminals stashed on the property. The Scottsdale police officers were in contact with our technician to verify they were apprehending the correct people.
Although we usually see people trying to steal copper and other metals from recycling facilities we monitor, this video capture is proof that any crime can be committed on the property of various types of businesses.
Tom Vigilante, Jr. is President & Founder of Centralized Vision, which has offices in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver. For more information on real-time video verification services or GPS monitoring, go to centralizedvision.com or call 855-888-8094.
My husband, Tom, and I have seen incredible growth for our company in the video security monitoring industry since starting Centralized Vision five years ago. In 2012, we grew our revenues more than 30 percent and expect similar growth in 2013 as well.
The main ingredient that has allowed our company to grow exceptionally fast is the family atmosphere we created at Centralized Vision. We have a group of dedicated employees that are passionate about their jobs and understand the importance of protecting the assets that Centralized Vision is contracted to monitor for our clients.
However, Casey Casdorph stood out among all of the employees at our company this past year and was named Centralized Vision’s 2012 Tech of the Year.
As a tech working from our centralized tech center at company headquarters in Phoenix, Casey monitors closed-circuit security feeds from surveillance cameras located on the properties we manage for our clients.When seeing suspicious activity through the camera surveillance monitors on his computer screen, Casey logs the activity in our computer system and can use a variety of methods to deter the suspect from committing a crime, including dispatching local law-enforcement authorities to the property.
In 2012 alone, Casey captured seven suspects on camera either trespassing or stealing from properties we monitor. One incident included a naked male trespasser near a trash dumpster behind a West Phoenix shopping center that attracted the attention of the Phoenix Police Department and its police helicopter hovering above the property. Video surveillance Casey captured from the incident was broadcast on local Phoenix television stations 3TV (KTVK-Ch. 3) and Fox 10 (KSAZ-TV, Ch. 10) during their nightly newscasts in October 2012. Casey also captured suspects steeling copper and other metals on video from a recycling facility Centralized Vision monitors in 2012.
Casey started working for Centralized Vision in July 2011 and focused on Information Technology while earning an AA degree from Phoenix College. He plans to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in the near future.
Congratulations Casey on being named Tech of the Year and providing deterrents and services to make the community safer for our family and others to live in.
Tami Vigilante is Executive Vice President & Co-Founder at Centralized Vision. For more information on real-time video verification services or GPS monitoring, go to centralizedvision.com or call 855-888-8094.
A Centralized Vision technician noticed suspicious activity at 3:15 a.m. on November 28 when conducting camera monitoring tours of a North Phoenix facility after seeing a Caucasian male enter his security camera view on a bicycle and closing the bin doors of a dumpster area. Knowing that the suspect was trespassing on a client’s property, the technician notified the Phoenix Police Department immediately.
At 3:34 a.m., the camera surveillance shows two Phoenix police officers arriving on the property and cornering the suspect at gunpoint near the trash dumpster. After the suspect surrendered, the police officers received his identification and found no arrest warrants or criminal history when running his files electronically. The male suspect was issued a trespassing warning and left the property. By 3:51 a.m., the cops left the property secure of no criminal activity.