Hunt Valley firm helps build live camera system for bay patrols

September 18, 2014|By Arthur Hirsch | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police will be able to keep an eye on their colleagues on patrol out on the Chesapeake Bay thanks to a new live video streaming system built with the help of a Baltimore County technology company.

The system built by Tessco Technologies Inc., located in Hunt Valley, along with the DNR and RAD Data Communications, a New Jersey firm, is now running on 140 police boats that cover the bay's 64,000 square miles.

DNR spokeswoman Candy Thomson said the system helps officers at the command center in Annapolis keep an eye on officers on patrol, who are often miles away from the nearest backup.

"The cameras allow the dispatch center to send additional boats to a scene if the officer is incapacitated or the incident escalates and the officer cannot respond," she said.

Tessco, a wireless network distributor with about 800 employees, posted $560 million in revenue in 2014.

The company's shares closed at $30,93 each in Nasdaq trading Thursday, up 89 cents or nearly 3 percent.

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