Tactical Surveillance Q & A from an expert


Retired NYPD Detective Joe Zogbi takes a look at Zistos.

Joe Zogbi is a retired Detective with the NYPD who served on the Emergency Service Unit, the department’s Tactical and Rescue Team.

The way Joe looks at it, the prime reason for having a real-time tactical surveillance system that gets it right in any situation is “that everybody goes home at the end of the day.”

He means of course everybody from the system operator to tactical support personnel to hostages or bystanders, even the adversary. In other words, turn a bad situation into a positive outcome with the least amount of time and expense and everybody safe.

Operations in confined spaces often pose challenges to safety and budget concerns.

 

Zistos increases safety and saves money.

As part of a complete line of portable video inspection tools used to penetrate confined spaces, Zistos has crossed an important threshold in the industry. Management personnel in the industry recognize the cost and complexity in maintaining compliance when OSHA regulations are mandated relative to an industrial process or operation. These standards and procedures were created to help insure the safety of workers performing tasks that may be hazardous or when operating in dangerous environments such as a confined space.

“We have introduced an approach for operations in confined spaces that can dramatically increase safety and, at the same time, can also actually reduce operating costs while maintaining compliance with regulations,” says Bob Levine, President of Zistos Corporation of Holbrook, NY in this brief, informative video, including how a Zistos industrial inspection system can pay for itself within a very short time period.

Increase the safety and effectiveness of vehicle inspections at a secure checkpoint.

 

These days you have to be wary. Even routine public matters can involve elevated security risks; they can take on any form, especially vehicles, currently the weapon of choice for the bad guys.

The result is a rapid increase in the sheer volume of preemptive searches of vehicles being conducted that in turn raises the associated risk factor for inspectors.

Inspecting a vehicle for explosives like IEDs is dangerous business to say the least. The multiple locations where a device can be hidden extend to the entire vehicle, from the undercarriage to the trunk, engine, cargo area and top of the vehicle as with a truck.

Then there’s the cabin and passenger area, dashboard, seats, cargo area and more. Each challenge requires a different tool to properly assess the risk while protecting the inspector. Continue reading “Increase the safety and effectiveness of vehicle inspections at a secure checkpoint.”

Designed specifically for real world operations

The risk of relying on equipment made for best-case scenarios…

This Zistos design philosophy stems from over a decade’s experience and the many lessons learned by our engineers and end users in building portable video inspection systems.  As a result, instead of designing for a best-case scenario, Zistos equipment has always been designed to operate in a worst case scenario.  In other words we do our best to ensure that, when you really need it, it will work as intended.

Zistos applications include physical security, tactical law enforcement, urban search and rescue, military and industrial inspection.  This means rugged and dependable under any conditions.  While they may not have the flashy look of some consumer-grade products, our design build, flexibility and reliability make the critical difference when the equipment used must perform in the field.

The Zistos design approach to building its equipment is based on key factors and problem avoidance:

Wireless vs. wired.  Many of the wireless video systems on the market utilize analog video transmitters and receivers that are similar in design and performance to inexpensive consumer electronic systems wrapped around high tech looking enclosures. Many of these wireless solutions are of poor quality, easily detected and can be easily intercepted. They are also prone to a multitude of operational problems based on environment. There are many consumer products/technologies that can detect and intercept wireless video transmission. There are even applications for smart phones that can threaten wireless video security. Video signals can easily be detected, acquired, viewed and recorded by outside parties, media and even adversaries. Although we offer wireless as an option, the built-in wired configuration employed by Zistos avoids all of these risks.

Seeing a needle in a haystack

Rescue Worker at Collapsed BuildingA technical search specialist in a training once remarked that his job was a little like the popular children’s books “Where’s Waldo”; only with life and death consequences. The key, as he stated, is to be able to visually scan a scene with a victim location camera inserted into a void space and identify what seems out of place with the surroundings. This out-of-place visual detail can be key in identifying the presence of a trapped victim.

This is because, in a victim location operation following a building collapse, the technical search specialists rarely have the luxury of discovering a complete human form in the image. Often it is only a small detail or unusual pattern in the visual image that may indicate the presence of a victim. This process can be as difficult as the old saying, “like finding a needle in a haystack”.  Collapse rescue–victim location operations can even be described in more challenging language. It can be described as, “like seeing a needle in a haystack” – from 30 feet away! Continue reading “Seeing a needle in a haystack”