The installation consisted of the deployment of networked IP surveillance, including three pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras to cover the facility's perimeter, 22 fixed cameras inside and out (all set on motion control), and three analytic cameras positioned around the pond to identify activity and trigger alarms and live recording. Since video storage is built into the analytic cameras, it also makes it easy to install at the far edge of properties, using wireless or wired networks. When the alarm video clip is sent, it is clearly marked with colored boxes that outline what was detected, making it fast and easy to review. With its self-learning capability, set-up and maintenance of analytics cameras is as simple as standard IP cameras. Additionally, the three PTZ cameras perform scheduled remote guard patrols at regular intervals, along with the 22 fixed cameras.
All entrances are monitored using access control technology and the camera network is used to verify door events. A two-way intercom system was installed for audio communication and an access point established for authorization, access and registration of lodging guests checking in after hours. Arriving guests press a button and a two-way intercom session is initiated from the Acadian central monitoring station. Each guest is checked against a pre-provided daily roster/log and access granted or denied. All two-way communications are recorded and verified using surveillance. Acadian also provides an access code to a lock box for room keys.
"Acadian was able to provide total security management of burglar alarms, fire, access, video and remote guarding under one command and control platform," said Savoie. "SMS was able to effectively secure critical assets and save more than $6,000 per month in security guard costs through the video verification system and virtual guard patrols. This video verification solution, including the three analytics cameras, was also able to eliminate false alarm dispatch by 100 percent."
The end-user has the added benefit of being able to remotely view event history and manage the system. An additional benefit of video monitoring and remote access has been the ability of the customer to use live or recorded video footage for quality assurance purposes and to conduct work/business performance assessments.
Did You Know?
Acadian Monitoring Services has achieved the highest designation for central station monitoring from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), standard 2050. UL 2050, The National Industrial Security System Category, specifies Acadian meets the standards required to monitor facilities operated by government contractors and integrators who are engaged in security system installations for which a National Industrial Security System certificate has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security or Secret Service.