Market focus: Government & municipal security

A roundup of recent security applications and installations

Marietta, Ga.

The City of Marietta, Ga., has replaced most of its standalone analog CCTV systems with a complete integrated IP Video solution from IndigoVision. Buildings in the downtown government campus and vitally important municipal utilities are now being protected by a distributed IP-CCTV system that can be monitored both centrally and locally by each department.

The city's operational performance has improved partly because the solution is distributed - enabling any camera, video workstation or video recorder to be located at any point on the network. This also gives the city a scalable platform for future expansion.

Control Center, the supplier's Security Management Software, can be used by operators in the Crisis Management Center (CMC) in the event of a disaster. The software enables the security staff to view live and recorded video from the cameras; however, operators using departmental workstations only have access to cameras for which they have been granted permission.

The solution was designed and installed by IndigoVision partner South Comm.

Smithtown, N.Y.

The Town of Smithtown, N.Y., has deployed network cameras from Axis Communications in its Highway Department yard as a first step in modernizing its existing analog video surveillance capabilities. Smithtown maintains a fleet of more than 200 vehicles, including cars, trucks and construction equipment at its Highway Department yard facility - an area larger than five football fields. Following in-depth meetings with the Town, Axis partner A+ Technology Solutions, which served as the integrator and installer, moved forward with the project.

The integrator implemented AXIS 214 PTZ Network Cameras, using their 18X optical zoom capabilities. The system provides video coverage of all locations within the Highway Department facility. AXIS 225FD Network Cameras were installed at multiple locations within the facility, including entrances, exits and the gas pump station, monitoring all incoming and outgoing activity.
"Using the video system, we can recognize human faces, license plates, etc., and store images for up to three months, should we need forensics at a later date," says Lt. Thomas Grosse, Park Ranger Division supervisor for the Town of Smithtown's Department of Public Safety.

Franklin County (Ohio) Courthouse

Vicon Industries Inc., and SimplexGrinnell have teamed up to install of a comprehensive, IP-based security system for the new Franklin County Courthouse, currently under construction in Columbus, Ohio. Scheduled to open in early 2011, the innovative structure will be the first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) courthouse in the state of Ohio.

The building's glass facade, one of the key components of its energy-efficient design, creates challenging indoor lighting conditions that require the use of more than 70 wide-dynamic-range cameras. The cameras, impact-resistant Roughneck V910D-WDR-IP5 domes from Vicon, are designed to accommodate viewing of areas with extreme lighting contrasts, such as backlit people and objects located within the courthouse's sun-drenched corridors. In total, the courthouse makes use of more than 170 Vicon IP cameras, all of which are viewed, controlled and recorded by an NVR-based ViconNet video management system.

The VMS is fully integrated with a building-wide Software House C-CURE 9000 access control system and WonderWare detention software for use within the building's holding cell areas. The security system is monitored from two control centers within the new courthouse, one monitoring general building security and the other exclusively monitoring the detention area and holding cells.

Asheville, N.C.

The City of Asheville, N.C., has contracted Matrix Systems to standardize its physical security in several municipal facilities with the supplier's Frontier Universe access control system, an enterprise-based access control system.

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