Deal for live video in buses OK’D

Board de­ci­sion comes af­ter stand­off in March

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA & THE WEST - By Art Mar­ro­quin Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

Law en­force­ment agen­cies will be able to view live footage streamed from sur­veil­lance cam­eras mounted in­side lo­cal buses by mid-jan­uary, un­der a deal struck Thurs­day morn­ing by the Re­gional Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion of South­ern Ne­vada.

With­out dis­cus­sion, the tran­sit agency’s board of di­rec­tors unan­i­mously ap­proved a $248,460 con­tract with Live­trax to de­sign and in­stall the nec­es­sary equip­ment to pro­vide real-time cam­era feeds from the RTC’S fleet of 440 buses.

Cur­rently, cam­eras in­side RTC buses are ca­pa­ble of only record­ing im­ages that may be viewed at a later time. Bus lines along the Strip will be the the first to pro­vide live footage in Novem­ber, with all other ve­hi­cles com­ing on­line shortly af­ter the new year.

“When the po­lice get a call on the bus, they don’t nec­es­sar­ily know what’s go­ing on,” said Carl Scar­brough, the RTC’S di­rec­tor of tran­sit ameni­ties and tech­ni­cal equip­ment.

“Now, they can look at the cam­eras and they’ll know what’s go­ing on be­fore they even make a de­ci­sion about how to re­spond,” he said.

The move to­ward pro­vid­ing live-stream footage from South­ern Ne­vada buses started af­ter Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers could not see a gun­man bar­ri­caded in­side an RTC bus dur­ing a lengthy stand­off that brought traf­fic along the Strip to a halt March 25.

The gun­man, Rolando Car­de­nas, could see out­side the shaded win­dows of the dou­ble-decked Deuce bus parked in front of The Cos­mopoli­tan ho­tel-casino. How­ever, SWAT of­fi­cers could not see Car­de­nas be­cause the win­dows were blocked by a vinyl ad­ver­tise­ment wrapped around the bus.

About three hours into the stand­off, po­lice used a flash-bang to break the win­dows and placed a ro­bot in­side the bus to get a view of Car­de­nas, who is ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing When the po­lice get a call on the bus, they don’t nec­es­sar­ily know what’s go­ing on. one man and wound­ing an­other man on the bus. Car­de­nas tossed the ro­bot out­side the bus and re­mained bar­ri­caded un­til he was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent.

Live-stream cam­eras could have also helped in Au­gust, when a man fired a gun on a RTC bus and stayed on board dur­ing a stand­off with po­lice in north­east Las Ve­gas. No one was in­jured, as pas­sen­gers were evac­u­ated from the bus af­ter the gun­man fired sev­eral shots near Nel­lis Boule­vard and Bo­nanza Road.

The RTC and Metro po­lice have spent sev­eral months test­ing a livestream cam­era sys­tem on a bus that pri­mar­ily op­er­ates on Route 206, which runs along Charleston Boule­vard between Down­town Sum­mer­lin and Sloan Lane in the east val­ley.

Dur­ing the sum­mer, RTC of­fi­cials had tested other types of vinyl bus cov­er­ings but de­ter­mined they made lit­tle dif­fer­ence in al­low­ing po­lice to see in­side.

The agency will con­tinue to use the same type of ma­te­rial for the wrap-around ads, which gen­er­ate up to $2 mil­lion an­nu­ally — enough to cover about 2 per­cent of the RTC’S ser­vice costs, or the equiv­a­lent of op­er­at­ing a smaller bus line else­where in the Las Ve­gas Val­ley.

“It’s not just the vinyl, some­times even the tint on the win­dows or the stair­wells on the Deuce cause ob­struc­tion that the cam­eras elim­i­nate,” Scar­brough said. “Re­ally, the cam­eras are a bet­ter so­lu­tion be­cause it gives po­lice a much bet­ter view of what’s go­ing on in­side the bus.”

Con­tact Art Mar­ro­quin at amar­ro­quin@re­viewjour­nal. com or 702-383-0336. Fol­low @ Amar­ro­quin_lv on Twit­ter.

Richard Brian

Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal @ve­g­as­pho­to­graph The Re­gional Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion of South­ern Ne­vada’s board of di­rec­tors ap­proved a con­tract to de­sign and in­stall the equip­ment to pro­vide real-time cam­era feeds from the RTC’S fleet of 440 buses.

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