MISSION—Jose Cruz started his security business from his home in Mission in 2009. Having previously served as a Mission police officer for 10 years, his interest in working with security technology came from experience.
Cruz has spent the last 20 years in law enforcement, including work with the Palmview PD, Hidalgo PD, and Hidalgo County Constable Precinct 3. He also spent two years with the United Nations handling operations and intelligence overseas.
The former police officer just received a $10,000 grant for his business Scorpion Security Consultant, from the Mission Economic Development Corporation through the Ruby Red Ventures program. Ruby Red Ventures is a program developed by the MEDC to foster entrepreneurial ventures in Mission.
“The pitch that we made (Ruby Red Ventures)… it’s for a mobile recording tower,” Cruz said. “It records and can send out a live video feed.”
The product that Cruz has put all of his faith and work into is the Camera Backup Observation Tower (CBOT). Cruz explained the system is cost-effective and could be used for military, commercial or law enforcement purposes.
The CBOT is a security monitoring platform that can be equipped with anything from a built-in camera, solar or wind turbine power options to run the attached technology, Wi-Fi hotspot and other Internet connections. The CBOT can also have a mast that is raised 25-30 feet in the air.
Cruz explained the $10,000 would be used for inventory and operations. Cruz and his staff make each CBOT by hand. His first tower was made in his home.
“We are hands on, and it’s the experience that we have with our products,” Cruz said. “I’ve done research for a few years…since 2000. We make the products from scratch and that’s the key…. I want to build everything. I want to build to my specifications.”
The money will help create three additional towers to add to the current seven platforms the business already has created. Each CBOT requires 45 days to build, including design and welding.
After creating his first version of the security platform, Cruz explained he hopes to not only assist local agencies with securing individual cities and businesses, but to help secure the border as well. Cruz said one of his towers was recently used to search for a missing man in Mission.
“Mission was in search of a young man. He was believed to be kidnapped....We actually deployed it (CBOT) on the river during that search and rescue,” Cruz said.
Cruz said his long-term goal for his product is to one day provide live video monitoring anywhere in the world. He added he hopes to have a network of security cameras where one person can monitor different locations.
“That’s where we are headed, instead of using alarms,” Cruz said. “I’m also working with an inventor to create a radar system. Imagine, having a system that could monitor up to 24 kilometers on the border.”
Scorpion Security Consultant can be reached at 956-213-2008.
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