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Chicago’s Navy Pier Gets ‘City-Smart’ Security The creation of an advanced video monitoring system by software giant IBM, Armonk, N.Y., has increased video security capabilities significantly at Navy Pier, Chicago and integrates new...


Chicago’s Navy Pier

Gets ‘City-Smart’ Security

The creation of an advanced video monitoring system by software giant IBM, Armonk, N.Y., has increased video security capabilities significantly at Navy Pier, Chicago and integrates new and existing safety resources to safeguard people and property. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, owner and operator of Navy Pier, IBM designed, built and implemented the project. Funding to protect the Navy Pier destination came from a Port Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system uses new high-resolution cameras with far- and wide-range viewing capabilities to add situational awareness throughout the pier and operational assistance during an incident. At the heart of the solution is a network of cameras from IBM business partner Axis Communications, Chelmsford, Mass., and an advanced IP-based video recording and monitoring system, named Omnicast, from business partner and surveillance software developer Genetec, Quebec City.

“We are proud to be part of this important project,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications. “Partners like IBM appreciate our deep experience and broad product range as well as the high image and product quality of our network cameras.”

The first phase of the project integrates cameras, alarms, sensors, audio and analytics to protect the Pier’s visitors. Strategically placed emergency call buttons are integrated with the video system and when activated stream video and audio content to the Pier’s new command center. In addition to local monitoring from the Pier’s command center, the complete monitoring environment is also accessible by the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), the City’s 911 and incident management center.

Completion of the second phase of the project, which is still underway, will include cameras with high-end infrared (IR), long-range capabilities that will extend coverage around some of Chicago’s other lakefront landmarks, including McCormick Place and Soldier Field. Visit www.securityinfowatch.com/sdi/einquiry 139.

New Product for Distribution

Master Distributors, Santa Monica, Calif., a distributor of electro-mechanical, interconnect and passive components, offers Meder Electronics’, West Wareham, Mass., line of MK23 Non-Molded SMD Reed Switches.

Developed specifically for SMD mounting, these reed switches are ideal for a range of applications that include household appliances; security systems; medical equipment; computer; and automotive.

A provider of reed sensing and reed switching solutions, Meder Electronic’s range of switches are also available for different pad layouts and come in a selection of glass size, power, switching voltage, switching current, and breakdown voltages.

Technology Partners:

Fluidmesh and JVC

Fluidmesh Networks, Boston, Mass., a provider of wireless video surveillance systems based on mesh networking technology, formed a partnership with JVC, Wayne, N.J., a developer and manufacturer of IP video surveillance products and equipment.

“We are excited to have JVC as a technology partner,” said Cosimo Malesci, co-founder and vice president of Fluidmesh Networks. “The quality of their products and the amount of innovation they bring to the market is very much aligned with our philosophy at Fluidmesh as well.”