IP Case in Point: Security for All Seasons

Networked video provides simple solutions for the complex needs of the County of Simcoe

Aatel installed the AXIS 241Q, a four-port video encoder that accommodates four analog video streams with image upload, alarm notification and secure video handling and configuration. The team also installed AXIS 211 Network Cameras for entrances and the AXIS 216FD Network Cameras for the reception area of the Ontario Works office within the administration building. According to Rob Gathercole , account manager with Aatel, the network cameras “fit in with the schematics and produced a clear image in low-light settings.”

AXIS 211s network cameras were used at the entrances of the administration building because of their auto iris vari -focal lens capability. The building's glass doors created added security challenges because large amounts of sunlight coming through the windows can blind the security cameras. Thanks to the auto iris vari-focal lenses, the AXIS 211s function like the human eye; a pupil retracts and expands depending on the amount of light coming in just as the lens of the AXIS 211 retracts and expands depending on the amount of light coming into view.

Gathercole anticipates the second phase of the installation will integrate Axis cameras with the intrusion detection alarm system.


Solutions for Long-Term Care Facilities

There are four long-term care facilities under the management of the county: Simcoe Manor in Beeton; Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene; Sunset Manor in Collingwood; and Trillium Manor in Orillia. All of the facilities used an intrusion detection alarm system. Only two of the facilities, Simcoe Manor and Trillium Manor, used analog cameras with a digital video recorder (DVR), which enabled them to record video locally and view video at the nurse's station. Security officials wanted a more effective system that would enable them to view video remotely and give more coverage to facilities without cameras.

As a solution, the 241Q Video Encoders from Axis were installed at Simcoe Manor and Trillium Manor allowing video to be streamed and recorded back at the administration building, which houses the server and serves as the central IT hub. Thanks to the use of the video encoders, which uses the wide area network to transmit video back to the server, security leaders did not have to install another DVR.

Seven AXIS 216FD Network Cameras were also installed in Trillium Manor to maximize security coverage and help monitor the patients, some of whom have dementia and are easily disoriented in their surroundings.


Ontario Works Gets a Security System Overhaul

In addition to the video encoder installed in the Ontario Works office within the administration building, there was another video encoder installed at its office in Barrie, in order to leverage the use of four existing analog cameras. While all of the offices had an intrusion detection system and a panic button if an emergency arose, none of the other offices had any way to track incidents inside the offices. Several 216FD Network Cameras were installed to help.

The Ontario Works department also includes county-subsidized housing complexes. The housing complexes range from apartments to multi-family homes, to townhomes and single-family homes. No security systems were in place at any of the complexes prior to a year ago. Fortunately, the local housing authority, which oversees the management of the housing units, requested security cameras after the successful implementation at the Ontario Works offices.

Approximately 250 network cameras were installed across 26 housing sites. The majority of the installation included AXIS 216FDs, which monitored hallways and common areas to assist with tenant safety and reduce crime, while about 40 include the AXIS 214 PTZ Network Cameras. The PTZ cameras monitor exterior parking lots and walkways and have been especially helpful during the winter when officials have needed to make sure walkways are shoveled for the majority of seniors who live in the complexes.

The location of some of the housing sites presented a challenge for security officials because they were surrounded by rocky terrain and were in very remote parts of Ontario. Officials did not have access to some of the same infrastructure that would have been found in a more urban area like downtown Toronto. They had to come up with creative solutions to complete their security installation.