Avigilon Solution Helps Secure New Bedford, Mass., Public Housing

VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada — The New Bedford Housing Authority (NBHA) — the public housing authority for the city of New Bedford, Mass. — recently deployed Avigilon video security solutions to help improve safety and reduce crime within its community.

With close to 1,750 federal public housing units and 748 state aided units, the NBHA services more than 6,000 individuals by providing safe, well-maintained and affordable housing units.

In addition, NBHA administers nearly 1,800 federally-funded rental vouchers through HUD’s Voucher Choice Program. This allows the authority to provide rental assistance payments to landlords to assist another 3,300 men, women and children in securing affordable housing.

New Bedford has faced challenges related to crime, which prompted the NBHA to seek out a security system that delivers actionable results to increase public safety throughout its community.

The NBHA deployed a complete Avigilon solution to monitor 13 of its properties throughout the city. The system includes more than 125 Avigilon cameras and Avigilon Appearance Search technology, which is said to be enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) to help security officers quickly sort through hours of video. The solution can locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across an entire site or multiple sites that are connected to the same Avigilon Control Center client software.

“Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our residents and deploying an Avigilon system has allowed us to monitor critical areas more efficiently and respond more quickly,” states Steven Beauregard, executive director of NBHA. “So far, the results are tangible as we’ve made great strides in improving the safety and security of our communities.”

“The NBHA is taking significant action to proactively address crime and other security concerns to help protect what matters most: its residents,” says Ryan Nolan, senior vice president, Commercial Operations of Avigilon. “By using our AI-powered video security solutions they are able to increase the effectiveness of their security system and provide a new level of public safety.”

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