How does the camera registry work?
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department camera registry is a way to easily locate the nearest cameras in a designated area during the course of an investigation, emergency event, or emergency response. In the past, investigators had to rely on eyewitnesses and piece together pertinent information over days and sometimes months. The camera registry gives private residents and business owners the ability to register their cameras to an online portal, only accessible through permission, for law enforcement to quickly and easily use cameras to create a map of relevant cameras that could obtain actionable evidence for crimes and life-saving data.
How much does it cost to register my cameras?
Registering a camera does not require any cost or additional hardware. Kansas City, Kansas PD officers will simply obtain a map of the cameras and will not have access to any live streaming capabilities. The registry makes it easier for investigators to contact camera owners for a digital footage request that the owner can fulfill that doesn’t require a police visit.
Can the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department remotely access my cameras at any time?
No. Registering cameras means the police department will know where your cameras are located in case in the event of a crime or a critical incident. There is no direct access to any privately-owned cameras and the registry is only used to request footage if an incident were to occur in their vicinity.
Who has access to the camera map?
Only authorized Kansas City, Kansas Police Department users have access to the entire camera registry map in their jurisdiction.
Can I unsubscribe from the camera registry, and change or delete my information?
Yes. When registering cameras, a password protected profile for the owner will be set up. When logged in, editing or deleting information is available at any time.
Is my camera information subject to a disclosure in a public data request?
No. Your camera registry data is classified as protected non-public data, and is only accessible by authorized users of our system.
Will the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department have a real-time streaming option?
Yes. Through our vendor, Fūsus, a real-time option is available through the FūsusCORE device with conditional access. Camera owners have the ability to choose how and when their cameras are accessible to the police department. For example, private businesses and schools may choose to only have their cameras accessible to Kansas City, Kansas PD officers when an emergency situation arises and they activate the live streaming capability via a panic button. Private residents and neighborhoods can also have the option to do so or completely opt out.
Can my cameras be accessed without my knowledge?
No. Our policies require the camera owner to give explicit written permission to access cameras for any reason. Camera access and settings are also entirely controlled by the camera owner.
Can the police department override my access settings to remotely access my cameras at any time?
Conditional access is a strictly one-way system, which means that the owner's policy settings cannot be overridden remotely by Kansas City, Kansas PD officers or Fūsus.
Can the Kansas City, Kansas PD registry integrate doorbell cameras?
Yes, our registry platform can work with most commercially available camera systems, but still has no access without authorization from the camera owner and the camera company as well. For example, RING brand doorbell cameras would need authorization from both RING AND the individual RING camera owner.
How does the panic button functionality work?
Upon request, the KCKPD can also equip locations, with either physical or virtual panic buttons in the form of a smartphone app. In the event of an emergency, such as a fire, an active and serious crime, or other life-threatening situation, the panic button can be used to send an immediate alert to first responders and activate live streaming of connected, authorized cameras. This is only accessible by users with valid login credentials.
Will facial recognition technology be used?
KCK Connect does not employ facial recognition technology or integrate with any facial recognition technology systems.
Does KCK Connect utilize artificial intelligence?
The technology does allow us to utilize artificial intelligence to rapidly search video provided by users in order to stop criminal activity. All AI use cases exclude facial recognition, but may be utilized to automatically recognize weapons, vehicles of interest, etc.
How secure is this registry?
The data is secured with AES 256-bit encryption at rest, in transit, and in the Cloud. It establishes a secure connection with TLS 1.3 allowing outbound traffic to AWS GovCloud. The Connect KCK platform will compile all relevant information in one place, adhere to the highest standards of security for access to, transfer, and sharing of Criminal Justice Information according to CJIS standards. All data that is accessible is encrypted at rest, in transit, and in its cloud hosted location. Access is restricted by strict protocols.