Enhancing Law Enforcement with BriefCam: Doing More with Less

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers

Recently, Kenton Brothers was approached by a large university police department about helping them solve a few key issues.

  1. Doing more with less – Facing staffing shortages and a growing student population the campus police needed to leverage technology to keep safety and security a top-level deliverable.
  2. Exponentially increasing crime and criminal capabilities presented steeper challenges than they traditionally faced, and unsolved cases had risen beyond the resources available to investigate them properly.
  3. Surveillance footage was an ever-increasing mountain of data to pour through and required more and more resources from an investigation point of view.

BriefCam LogoPresented with these obstacles, Kenton Brothers went to work on understanding their current capabilities and their infrastructure through our Needs Analysis Assessment. As a part of our KB Advantage process, we set out to interview and completely understand the organizations needs from multiple points of view. Administration, HR, Facilities, Police Officers and Students. After a full assessment, Kenton Brothers recommended BriefCam analytics to solve their most pressing issues.

For the campus police department, staying ahead of criminal activity and ensuring public safety is a paramount concern. To meet these challenges head-on, law enforcement agencies are increasingly turning to cutting-edge technologies to aid their efforts. One such groundbreaking tool that has been making waves in the law enforcement community is BriefCam. BriefCam is a powerful video analytics platform that offers numerous advantages for law enforcement agencies.

Evidence Collection, Documentation and Management

In criminal investigations, the collection and preservation of evidence are paramount. BriefCam assists law enforcement in this critical aspect by enabling the easy extraction of relevant video clips for use in court proceedings. This ensures that the chain of custody is maintained and that evidence is admissible in court, ultimately leading to more successful prosecutions.

Managing a large volume of video evidence can be challenging for law enforcement agencies. BriefCam offers tools for tagging, categorizing, and organizing video clips, making it easier to manage and retrieve evidence as needed. This streamlined approach to case management improves efficiency and ensures that nothing is overlooked during the investigative process.

Rapid Video Review and Analysis

One of the most significant advantages of using BriefCam in law enforcement is its ability to rapidly review and analyze large volumes of video footage. Traditional video review methods can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, often requiring officers to manually sift through hours of footage. BriefCam’s advanced video analytics capabilities allow law enforcement agencies to quickly identify and extract relevant information from video recordings, saving valuable time and resources.

Enhanced Investigative Capabilities

BriefCam empowers investigators by enabling them to easily search for specific events or objects within video footage. Its powerful search algorithms can identify and track objects, individuals, or vehicles across multiple camera feeds and timeframes. This capability is particularly valuable in solving crimes, locating missing persons, and tracking down suspects, as it significantly accelerates the investigative process.

Crime Prevention and Public Safety

Preventing crime and ensuring public safety are the primary goals of any law enforcement agency. BriefCam plays a crucial role in achieving these objectives by providing real-time alerts and notifications. It can detect and trigger alerts for various predefined events, such as unattended bags, loitering, or perimeter breaches. This proactive approach allows law enforcement to respond swiftly to potential threats and take preventive measures to mitigate risks.

Data Visualization and Pattern Analysis

BriefCam’s data visualization tools enable law enforcement agencies to gain insights into crime patterns and trends. By analyzing historical video data, agencies can identify recurring patterns, hotspots, and potential areas of concern. This information is invaluable for strategic planning, resource allocation, and deploying officers more effectively to deter criminal activities.

Improved Resource Allocation

Efficient resource allocation is essential for law enforcement agencies to respond effectively to emergencies and maintain community safety.  BriefCam’s analytics help agencies optimize resource allocation by providing real-time information on incident locations and severity. This ensures that officers are deployed where they are needed most, reducing response times and enhancing overall public safety.



While adopting new technology can be expensive, the long-term cost savings of using BriefCam are significant. By automating labor-intensive tasks and improving overall operational efficiency, law enforcement agencies can reduce overtime costs and allocate resources more wisely. Additionally, the ability to deter and prevent crimes can lead to reduced expenses related to investigations and court proceedings.

Integration with Existing Systems

BriefCam is designed to seamlessly integrate with existing video surveillance systems, making it a versatile and practical choice for law enforcement agencies. This compatibility allows agencies to leverage their existing infrastructure while enhancing their capabilities with BriefCam’s advanced analytics and features.


The Result

A year later, the police department reports “amazing success” with the new technology and how it is impacting their day-to-day police duties. BriefCam has emerged as a powerful ally for law enforcement agencies in their mission to protect and serve their communities. Its rapid video review and analysis, investigative capabilities, crime prevention tools, data visualization, and numerous other features make it an indispensable tool in the modern law enforcement toolkit. By embracing this technology, agencies can enhance their operational efficiency, improve public safety, and better fulfill their crucial role in society. As technology continues to advance, BriefCam and similar tools will undoubtedly play an increasingly vital role in the future of law enforcement especially on campus.

Do you face similar challenges? If so, please give us a call and let us do a no cost KB Advantage Needs Analysis for you.

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Chain of Custody in Commercial Security

Chain of CustodyBy Ryan Kaullen, Field Services Manager at Kenton Brothers

Many of you know that our goal is to protect people, property, and possessions. Something that comes up related to this goal is Chain of Custody.

You may be wondering what Kenton Brothers has to do with Chain of Custody and how we would be involved. Unfortunately, part of the work we do in the commercial security industry is capturing evidence. This evidence comes in many forms. Evidence may include video surveillance recordings, security system audit trails and more. We capture this information to help protect companies from theft, fraud, and work place incidents. There are plenty of scenarios that result in law enforcement being involved.

What is Chain of Custody?

Chain of Custody is the documentation of chronological events related to an incident. Protection of how the evidence is handled, who handles it and more matters. The idea is that law enforcement needs to be able to review and use video and other forms of documentation as evidence in a trial or hearing.

A Recent Example for a Banking Client

Chain of CustodyWe recently received a Chain of Custody request from one of our banking clients. They had an event that they deemed legally significant and requested our help in documenting what had happened. They needed our help to get the video segments exported properly. They wanted footage from all of the cameras at one of their locations over the past 30 days. (That’s a good amount of video data!)

Our first step was to download the footage locally to external hard drives. The video data had to have password encryption. And the video footage had to be time stamped. We also had to fill out Chain of Custody paperwork.

On top of those requirements, the equipment and external drives couldn’t be left unsecured while we were downloading the video segments. We also had to be in an access-controlled room for audit purposes. It was crucial that we followed every step correctly to make sure their case against the accused is rock solid. We had to make sure the evidence we helped provide would not get thrown out due to Chain of Custody problems.

Once the video had been downloaded onto the drives, our technician had to hand deliver the hard drives to the bank’s lawyer and provide the Chain of Custody paperwork.

We Take Chain of Custody Seriously

Chain of CustodyChain of Custody is something Kenton Brothers takes extremely seriously for many reasons. One, we want to make sure we are providing our customers with a level of service and reliability they can count on. We also want to make sure law enforcement has what they need to support or refute claims. This is also a great example of how the commercial security systems we sell and support do what they’re supposed to do.

The reality is that you hope you never have to use footage, audits, etc. against someone working for you or coming in to your place of business. But when something does happen, you want to make sure you have the right systems in place to protect the people, property, and possessions of those who work there.

To learn more about how Kenton Brothers Systems for Security can protect you and your business, please give us a call.

Radio Towers? Yes, We Do That

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers

Radio Towers? Yes, we do that.In today’s episode of “Yes, we can do that”, I bring you Radio Towers. It’s not the first time we have placed equipment on towers, but this time I have pictures!

The Problem:

A municipality approached us with two issues they wanted to solve.

First, they wanted cameras installed in strategic spots around their city, but did not have any network infrastructure to get the signal back to the police station. Second, they wanted to create a security perimeter around the radio tower itself. There was some extra credit available if we could get some long-distance cameras mounted on the tower as well.

The Solution:

We wanted a high bandwidth link between the tower and the police station. We know that the city may add cameras later and the likely point of communication will go through the tower. Maximizing the link from the tower to the police station will future-proof the installation.

We chose Ubiquiti Air Fiber as that link. It is less likely to be affected by interference and provides a theoretical 1 Gigabit connection.

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For the cameras in strategic locations, we wanted to provide flexibility in where the cameras and radios will be placed. We know that they will want to add cameras later and time will change the requirements for where the cameras are needed.

For these radios, we chose Ubiquiti AirMax Rocket Prism 5AC with a 120-degree sector antenna. The large angle allows the radio to be moved around as needed. Since we had two locations that were not within 120 degrees of each other, we needed two of these radios covering 240 degrees total.

The camera choice was simple: Axis Q6135-LE cameras fit the bill easily. With 32x optical zoom, the city will be able to see almost anywhere within several miles of the tower. These Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras (PTZs) also have excellent low-light visibility. They wanted 360-degree coverage from the tower, so two cameras were needed.

To be clear, I don’t mind heights. But 175 feet in the air is above my limits and pay grade, so we hired a professional. Enter Kasper. Kasper’s Business Kaap Kom focuses on communication and radio towers. He came recommended to us by a current client. (After spending all day with him, I couldn’t recommend him enough.)

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The Result:

Kasper did all of the scary work with us as his ground crew. It took seven hours to mount all the equipment, install the cables, and carefully align the radios. There were some hiccups along the way, but our team was able to get past each one and successfully deliver the desired result.

We ended up with over 750 Mbps link back to the police station and 350 Mbps for both remote links. The wireless connection can support around 100 cameras spread throughout the city wherever they are needed. The two PTZs can see details for miles. All in all, it was a mission accomplished and another great project. Radio Towers? Yes, we do that too.

Need help with your commercial security requirements? Just give us a call.

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Innovation: Drones. The Guardian Angels of Critical Infrastructure

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers

Kenton Brothers is celebrating 125 years in business this year, and over those decades we’ve seen our share of innovative technology. KB was around for the first cars, motorized bikes, airplanes, rockets, robots and now security drones. As you may have read before, we believe strongly in the premise “Innovate or die”.

We get excited when technology innovates to solve a problem.

Drones for Commercial SecurityCritical infrastructure protection has become a paramount concern for the US government and private organizations alike. From power plants to transportation hubs, food manufacturing to water and waste facilities… these sites are critical to a properly functioning society.  Their importance makes them a prime target for a range of threats, from physical attacks to cyber-attacks. As far as commercial security goes, technology is playing a crucial role, and one such technological marvel is the drone.

Drones, once confined to hobbyists and aerial photography enthusiasts, have now emerged as powerful tools in the realm of physical security for critical infrastructure.

Terrorist organizations, criminal syndicates, and even disgruntled individuals may attempt to breach the security of critical infrastructure through physical means. These attacks can range from sabotage to theft of sensitive materials. To address these threats, security measures must be proactive, adaptable, and capable of providing real-time information. This is where drones come into play.

Guardian Angel – Aerial Surveillance

Drones offer a versatile platform for aerial surveillance. Equipped with high-definition cameras, thermal imaging, LIDAR and other advanced sensors, drones can provide a bird’s-eye view of critical infrastructure, offering security personnel unprecedented situational awareness. They can patrol vast areas efficiently and discreetly, making them ideal for spotting suspicious activities, unauthorized access, or potential vulnerabilities.

Incorporating machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence, drones can be programmed to identify unusual behavior patterns, such as trespassing or loitering, and issue alerts in real-time. This proactive approach allows security teams to respond swiftly to potential threats before they escalate into security breaches. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide a rapid response and fast “eyes on” to the target area. They also provide live updates to control stations while active waypoint tracking can be maintained based on target parameters like thermal signatures.

A key advantage of a UAV is its ability to collect video.

Drones for Commercial SecurityThe video imagery captured by a UAV is ideally suited for reconnaissance or rapid situation awareness. It has the advantage for security personnel to detect and monitor potential threats from a safe distance. UAVs in perimeter security reduce the requirement for foot patrols by security guards. They provide real time situational awareness with the added perk of recording video for analysis later on.

The speed, size, maneuverability, and additional technologies make UAVs the perfect supplement to ground security. They allow security teams to perform monitoring tasks more quickly and efficiently. For this reason, drones have a competitive edge over stationary cameras, as the drone can be flown at different times and be guided to blind spots.

Another significant advantage of using drones for commercial security is their ability to provide rapid intelligence and response. In the event of an intrusion or emergency, drones can be deployed within minutes, whereas traditional security personnel may take much longer to arrive at the scene. This quick response time can be critical in preventing or minimizing damage to critical infrastructure. Additionally, upon alert a drone can cover up to 10 times the area of a vehicle response in a fraction of the time.

Drones can also access areas that may be challenging or dangerous for human responders. Scenarious include climbing steep terrain or inspecting hard-to-reach locations like the tops of tall structures. This ensures that security teams have eyes on the situation even in the most challenging circumstances.

Super Human Capabilities

Drones equipped with environmental sensors can play a vital role in safeguarding critical infrastructure from natural disasters.

By regularly monitoring factors like water levels, temperature, humidity, and seismic activity, drones can provide early warnings and data for disaster preparedness and response plans.

For instance, a drone surveying a dam can detect signs of structural weakness or unusual water flow patterns, allowing for timely maintenance or intervention to prevent a catastrophic failure.

Similarly, drones can monitor forests surrounding power lines for signs of wildfires, helping utilities take proactive measures to prevent electrical equipment from sparking fires during dry, windy conditions.

Routine inspections of critical infrastructure are essential to ensure their continued operation and safety. Traditionally, these inspections have been carried out by human inspectors, often requiring extensive downtime and posing safety risks. Drones can revolutionize this process. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, infrared sensors and low frequency radar, drones can conduct detailed inspections of infrastructure such as bridges, pipelines, and power lines. They can capture images and data that are difficult or impossible for human inspectors to obtain.

As critical infrastructure continues to be a prime target for a wide range of threats, the adoption of drone technology for physical security is becoming increasingly important.

Drones offer a unique set of capabilities, including aerial surveillance, rapid response, environmental monitoring, infrastructure inspection, and scalability.  Like we mentioned, our team at Kenton Brothers Systems for Security gets excited when technology innovates to solve a problem. In this case, drones and critical infrastructure are a match made in heaven and we couldn’t be more excited!

If you are thinking about ways to help secure your critical infrastructure location and would like to explore the use of drones, please let us know and we will set up a demo with you!

Video: Planning and Implementing Elevator Security

By Erik Andress, Sales Management Professional at Kenton Brothers

In today’s video we’re discussing elevators. In particular, how to secure them with cameras and access control. Elevators can be tricky… They require a lot of planning and coordination with the elevator company. We’ll get into some of those details today and what you need to know!

Step one is by far the most important stage and that’s planning.

Securing an elevator requires collaboration between the elevator company the security integrator as well as the client. The client lets the security innovator know how they want the elevator to function and behave. The security integrator works with the elevator company to make that possible.

Let’s use a an example: Where do you want the card reader mounted? Is it on the outside of the elevator denying access altogether or is it on the inside of the cab denying access just to certain floors? Or both? You may want to deny access to the elevator because it’s not for the public. You may also want to deny access to certain floors because it is a secure facility.

There are details we have to understand. Is there already traveling cable in the elevator? Is there space for us to install our equipment? Where is the control panel for the elevator, and where should our control panel go for access control? It can get complicated quickly.

Step two is integration.

We work with a professional elevator technician to make sure the proper cables are in place and integrate the card reader into the elevator’s controls.

Step three is configuration.

Now that the systems are integrated, we need to make sure that we go back to the client’s expectations of how they wanted the elevator to function. We need to make sure that our configuration is lining up with exactly what they asked for.

Step four is to test and calibrate.

When you put security inside of an elevator, you’re introducing a lot of moving pieces. With access control or commercial video surveillance, we need to make sure that we spend time testing the system. We need to make sure the camera’s field of views are dialed in correctly.

The final step is training.

We need to make sure that the admins and users of the system understands exactly how the system works and how changes can be made.

If you need help securing the elevators in your company buildings, we can help. Just give us a call!