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"Hospitals are very noisy environments, electrically speaking, with lots of high voltage lines and equipment. It is a nightmare," says Gary Perlowin of Florida State Fire & Security, who installed the Network Video Technologies (NVT) system. "We installed 64 GANZ (CBC) ZC

Series dome cameras with built-in NVT transmission modules. So, right out of the camera you see UTP, which is a big time saver," states Perlowin.

The state-of-the-art, 424-bed facility is now three times the size of the previous one. Security was a prime concern during the renovation. JFK Medical Center installed a new video surveillance system with 64 dome cameras and chose UTP cable for CCTV transmission. All new cable was laid.

UTP cable is generally 22 or 24AWG copper wire that is twisted into pairs, with each pair color coded for easy tracing. Bundles can range from 2 to 2400 pairs and are available in plenum, PVC, direct burial, gopher resistant, aerial and more. UTP is categorized into grades depending on certain characteristics of the cable. Category (Cat) 2 cable is what most 20-year and older buildings have installed for their phone systems. Cat 3 cable has a tighter twist and better performance. Cat 2 or 3 cable is perfectly adequate for CCTV applications.

"The system allows for quick deployment and easy camera additions once the cable is installed," Perlowin reports. "UTP systems are also very cost effective when there are more than ten cameras and the distances extend around a large hospital campus wiring scheme."

Enhancing Security, Patient Privacy and Business Processes
Protecting the integrity of medical records is critical in the healthcare environment. Audit trail is a feature that is especially helpful in this regard. The audit trail allows a security official to view modifications made to essential data fields such as the level of security clearance?ultimately protecting sensitive company and personnel information.

This feature is especially useful for healthcare companies charged with protecting medical records due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA includes provisions that mandate the adoption of federal privacy protections for individually identifiable health information. Companies not meeting the requirements set forth in HIPAA could face large civil fines and criminal penalties.

"As companies look to meet federal regulations such as HIPAA, auditing changes to security systems becomes vital," comments Paul J. Piccolomini, vice president of research and development for Tyco's Access Control and Video product lines. "With the new full field level audit functionality, a trail of information will exist to unveil any modifications made to the access control system?indicating who changed the data, when it was changed, and what the data was before the change."

Hospitals, insurance agencies and other healthcare companies can now use the audit trail feature within Software House's C-CURE to help meet this provision. C-CURE 800 (version 8.2) now includes enhanced audit trail capabilities to address HIPAA compliance. In addition to the audit trail feature, other enhancements such as database partitioning simplify the provisioning process to improve both security and business processes.

Biometric enrollment support is an additional feature of the latest C-CURE. Through supporting various biometrics?such as fingerprint verification?the C-CURE ID badging system enhances security without the need for customers to invest in new card and reader technology. C-CURE 800/8000 is a scalable access control system, which seamlessly integrates numerous applications including digital video, ERP, visitor management, and HR systems and third-party devices such as fire alarms, sprinkler systems and burglar alarms.

From the Maternity Ward to Medicine Cabinets
Consider offering offline locking systems to healthcare facilities. Ranging from traditional door openings to individual cabinet and keypad locks, they represent opportunities for you and solutions to your customers. Many customers can't afford online access to a large number of doors. There are still many rooms, from medical supply closets to individual doctors' offices at hospitals, that need tighter access. The beauty of computer managed (CM) locking systems is that they work with a variety of access control credentials. Securing computer rooms and sensitive patient data has a new urgency for healthcare providers, such as Sloan-Kettering, which secures its computer room with a CM locks from Schlage.