The mesh cameras are part of the wireless video surveillance system used to help assist local law enforcement.
The City of Ripon has 86 of the cameras from the system purchased in 2005, according to Police Chief Ed Ormonde.
He noted at last week’s Ripon City Council meeting that of the 86 cameras, 23 can be found at the Ripon Unified campuses – included are Ripon High, Ripon Elementary, Ripona, Colony Oak, Weston and Park View – Ripon Christian schools, and various others places such as parking lots and those private businesses with their own mesh camera.
Currently, 10 percent of the cameras are down do to software or hardware issues.
“If it’s software, (the City) can fix it, in-house,” Ormonde said. “Hardware – we can swap-out pieces from other equipment.”
Permanent problems that can’t be repaired on site would mean replacing it with a new one, he added.
Dan Brannon, the City’s information systems technician, indicated that much has changed in this area of technology during the past 10 years.
“The new wireless devices are much faster,” he said. “The fiber optic connection is better equipped for the future.”
Police, meanwhile, will look to replace the system with one with wireless capabilities and updated fiber connection for speed.
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