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Faircracker SPRING 2020


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TAMPA, Fla. — As thousands of people visit the Florida State Fair, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is continuously looking for ways to improve security. Hillsborough County Chronister said the new sys- tem for the 2020 fair has already made an impact on response times and fighting crime.


“These upgraded cameras are invaluable, from medical calls for service that we can immediately respond to, and for


missing children,” Chronister said. “We can look at 550 camera angles and reunite that missing child with their loved one that much sooner.” Some of the cameras can rotate 360 degrees and zoom into subjects. On Tuesday, the sheriff said the power of the 550


cameras was on display when they got an alert that someone was illegally selling ride tickets. We had someone go online and fraudulently pur-


chase $15,000 worth of wrist bands to ride in the midway,” Chronister said. “We didn’t have any de- scription. We had nothing. All we told the deputy was 'lookout for someone that may be selling wrist- bands.' He happened to see a couple of guys gath- ering that were selling wristbands sent the deputies out to talk to them and trespass them and got their information.” Economic Crimes Detectives will be continuing the


investigation. The sheriff said arrests and charges could be coming any day. On Family Night, the sheriff said deputies were able to use the cameras to control crowds of students gathering in the


Midway, leading to 13 ejections and three teens arrested. “Our accomplishment wouldn’t be near as great without these cameras,” Chronister said.


So, what is the job and fair like for me and my team during the Florida State Fair?


We have over 250 Cisco switches, routers, wireless,etc. We manage two physical networks, two physical login domains, ten onsite serv- ers and several off-site resources. We have over 180 stations to sell and redeem tickets and armbands. We have over 80,000 feet of fiber optics buried on the 300+ acres. I would not want to guess how many hundreds of thousands of feet of telephone and data copper wire is here. We have 80+ central staff with computer setups, email service, printers, and other needs and desires. We have nearly 550 security cameras from the parking lots to the buildings to the midway. Right now I only have 40 recorders online that can handle 8 to 32 cameras each. We have a phone system that has to support over 200 phone lines. Our main network ring of course has battery backups - backed up by an addi- tional 68 car sized batteries for extra run time. So enough of my little soapbox and a little peek for you all into what is hidden in the closets, ceilings, underground, etc. all hidden from view that helps make the Florida State Fair a success and I'm kinda proud of what we do to improve the place. Come on out and see us!* And you thought I was just a geek sitting at a desk all day.


*NEXT YEAR—February 11-22, 2021


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