Critical infrastructure security

A roundup of recent security applications and installations

Waterford Township, Michigan

Waterford Township, Mich., has deployed IQeye megapixel cameras from IQinVision as part of a comprehensive IP video solution to protect its water resources.

Waterford Township, Mich., has deployed IQeye megapixel cameras from IQinVision as part of a comprehensive IP video solution to better protect its valuable water resources. Mainline Information Systems, Tallahassee, Fla., was selected to provide video surveillance consulting, solution design and integration.

As suggested by its name, water makes up 11 percent of Waterford Township’s 36 square miles. The Township’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Water and Sewer Division treats and distributes high-quality potable water to residential, commercial, and industrial customers through the use of 18 wells, 11 water treatment plants, 355 miles of water main and 8.25 million gallons of storage.

To protect these critical resources, the DPW began implementation of a multi-phased broadband wireless system to provide the township with high-speed wireless connectivity, including links to remote water and sewer facilities. This early project phase included a number of VGA-quality video surveillance cameras located at various water treatment, storage and sewer facilities to stream real-time video back to DPW’s main office for monitoring and recording purposes.

Recently, DPW Director Terry Biederman participated in an Oakland County Homeland Security Grant program to upgrade and augment the system with high-definition cameras and an advanced software viewing and recording package. Mainline designed a computerized monitoring system that includes IQinVision megapixel cameras, JDS Digital Security Systems’ Softsite32 Enterprise video management software, and Mainline professional services. The IQeye 2-megapixel smart cameras combine video analytics with high quality HD video in the camera.

Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport (DIA) has deployed an IP video surveillance solution from Genetec to secure its 53 square-mile facility.

Denver International Airport (DIA) has selected Omnicast, an advanced IP video surveillance solution from Genetec, to secure its 53 square-mile facility. Ranked the 10th busiest airport in the world in 2008 for passenger traffic by Airport Council International, DIA was looking to upgrade its outdated analog system to a newer and more advanced network-based solution that they could evolve as newer technology emerged.

The entire system to date consists of 1,200 cameras and 12 archive servers that are expected to double in the next 18 months. Besides the airport protection and surveillance applications such as monitoring the facility, security checkpoints and passenger congestion throughout, they also intend to service external clients with the use of Omnicast. “To date, all our clients have been using their own systems from different organizations,” says Phil Medina, Senior IT Administrator for Airport Security at DIA. “Eventually, we will connect all cameras to the Omnicast system and offer it as a service to everyone.”

Features include a user-friendly interface, which allows DIA to save time in training customers with all levels of experience, multiple options to manage and store video, as well as watermarking options, which further protects data.

Garland Power & Light

Garland Power & Light has deployed a Video Data Management and Retention platform from Intransa.

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