Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Wednesday launched a cloud based platform called Business Link, or B.Link, to directly connect security cameras with IMPD.
The program is part of the city’s $35 million investment in public safety technology announced in 2018. Mayor Joe Hogsett says it will help prevent crime.
“With B.Link, footage that could potentially save a life or stop a crime will now help first responders do their jobs quicker, better and safer,” Hogsett says.
B.Link Pro allows businesses to share a live stream of video footage with law enforcement. IMPD will not monitor the live stream, it will only be accessed in case of an emergency.
With B.Link Indy, residents can also register their private security cameras, and police can then request access to that footage.
IMPD Chief Brian Roach says the program will increase the ability for police officers to be affective.
“If you have a trouble spot, we now know that if something goes off there that there are more eyes on that before we arrive," Roach says. "So maybe that allows us to go to a location where this technology isn’t. I think you could see it as something that augments the officer on the street’s ability to be where he should be.”
IMPD is currently piloting B.Link Pro with five businesses in the city. Residents may register their private cameras for free.