Long Beach, CA
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File #: 19-0676    Version: 1 Name: CD6 - Feasibility of a Ring, LLC Partnership
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 7/8/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/16/2019 Final action: 7/16/2019
Title: Recommendation to direct City Manager to explore expanding its partnership with Ring, LLC to increase the number of security devices in the City to enhance neighborhood security.
Sponsors: VICE MAYOR DEE ANDREWS, SIXTH DISTRICT, COUNCILWOMAN SUZIE A. PRICE, THIRD DISTRICT, COUNCILMEMBER ROBERTO URANGA, SEVENTH DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 071619-R-29sr.pdf, 2. 071619-R-29 TFF Memo_090619.pdf
Related files: 19-0500
TITLE
Recommendation to direct City Manager to explore expanding its partnership with Ring, LLC to increase the number of security devices in the City to enhance neighborhood security.

DISCUSSION
Ring security devices connect to the owner's home Wi-Fi network and send real-time
notifications to the owner's smart phone or tablet when someone is at the user's door.
Using the free Neighbors by Ring App (App), which is available for Apple, Android, and
Windows 10 devices, the user can see a high definition video stream of the person at the
door and speak to them using two-way audio communication. Ring security devices can
alert users when someone presses the button on the doorbell or when motion is detected.
Ring security devices operate on battery power or hooked up to home doorbell wiring.

On July 2, 2019, the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) with Ring, LLC, for ongoing digital access and support to the
Ring Neighbors Portal, at no cost to the City of Long Beach. The Neighbors Portal is a
platform where users of the App can share video, comment on real time crime, and
receive alerts pertaining to a user-defined neighborhood. Users include App subscribers,
law enforcement, and the Ring team. Police personnel can view subscriber-approved,
uploaded videos to the portal. App subscribers have the option to decline the sharing of
requested video. Through this portal, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) can
communicate and encourage community engagement to promote public safety through
partnerships.

To strengthen the Ring Neighbors Portal and existing MOU, City Council support is
requested to direct the City Manager to research and find ways to incentivize residents to
increase the number of Ring security devices throughout Long Beach. Ring is uniquely
positioned to support increased community surveillance as they already serve as the
leading provider of camera enabled doorbells with police department access ...

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