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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 to footage

with subscriber permission.

 

This matter was reviewed by Budget Manager Grace H. Yoon on July 8, 2019.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

This recommendation requests the City Manager to explore expanding its partnership

with Ring, LLC, to increase the number of Ring security devices in the City to enhance

neighborhood security. Any financial incentives, other than those potentially provided by

Ring, would need to be identified along with their costs before implementation, with the

potential source of financial incentives coming from one-time District Priority Funds by the

interested Council District Offices. The implementation of this recommendation is

anticipated to result in a minimal impact to staff hours beyond normal budgeted scope of

duties and a minimal impact on City Council priorities.

 

SUGGESTED ACTION

Approve recommendation.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

DEE ANDREWS

VICE MAYOR, SIXTH DISTRICT

 

SUZIE A. PRICE

COUNCILWOMAN, THIRD DISTRICT

 

ROBERTO URANGA

COUNCILMEMBER, SEVENTH DISTRICT