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Enriching the Security of Patrons and Artifacts The Indiana State Museum Exhibits A Fully Integrated Video Security System. The city of Indianapolis, IN is home to the annual Indianapolis 500 and the NBA's Eastern Conference Champion Indiana...


According to Toler, the Panasonic surveillance system has been great since day one. "We have made some camera placement changes from the original design to further enhance our coverage capabilities," he says. "With the performance of Panasonic's WV-CS854A Super Dynamic Dome Camera System, we have achieved 100 percent coverage of the facility's perimeter. The zoom capabilities work incredibly well. They work in virtually any lighting condition. So well, in fact, we can view license plates on vehicles that are more than 100 yards away."

A Full View
The Panasonic surveillance system installed in the Indiana State Museum is comprised of over 130 cameras including Panasonic's WV-CS854A Dome Systems, WV-CW474 Vandal Proof Mini Dome Cameras, and WV-CP474 Fixed Cameras. The Panasonic cameras are strategically located around the museum's perimeter and throughout the interior structure. "We have approximately 80% of the interior covered using a combination of dome and fixed camera systems from Panasonic," states Toler. The museum's eight elevators (2 freight elevators and 6 passenger elevators) are also monitored with dedicated Panasonic cameras.

"The city held a 13.1 mile-mini marathon that attracted some 30,000 people and we had the Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure here recently with some 37,000 people involved. The runners passed directly in front of the museum, so we assigned one of our cameras to monitor the runners and pedestrians. With the dome camera's coverage capabilities, we had a good view of the entire area. In the event that an incident occurred, we could have responded quickly," Toler comments.

Panasonic's WV-CS854A Dome Camera System incorporates an advanced CCD camera, 22x zoom lens, and rotating chassis that's all packed in a sleek 4.3" (110mm) diameter housing. Its Super Dynamic II capabilities deliver a dynamic range 64 times greater than conventional cameras to provide excellent images under highly contrasted lighting conditions. The WV-CS854A Dome Camera Systems also offer Day/Night operation capable of providing color images in light as low as 1 lux (0.1fc), and black and white images in as little as 0.06 lux (0.006fc). Additional features include full 360? horizontal rotation, 190? vertical pan, and 300?/second speed; Privacy Zone Masking and Patrol Learn features; digital motion detection; an "image hold" function to minimize image distortion during fast motion transitions; plus, many more high performance features.

"Thanks to the system, our staff is able to respond immediately to any incident inside or outside the museum," Toler adds. The cameras mounted on the exterior of the Indiana State Museum have been architecturally designed into the structure to help obscure them from the public's view.

"We wanted to make the cameras as unobtrusive as possible," he says. "Although we maintain a very high security presence which is comforting to visitors, we are also conscious of maintaining a user friendly environment."

All of the cameras in the system are controlled from the security command center using Panasonic's Matrix System 850 with a satellite control system located in Toler's office. Additional monitoring facilities are located at the facility's loading dock, kitchen dock, the front entrance guard station and the guard station at the interior entrance to the parking garage.

"Most of our business comes in through the garage, so we placed a monitoring station there to give our personnel a good view of activity in the area. Initially, the parking garage was not the museum's responsibility, although it is now. There are over 25 cameras in the garage that we have since tied into the Panasonic Matrix System 850 and have added two additional Panasonic DVRs to record images from this feed," continues Toler.

The Panasonic Matrix System 850 offers the capability to install up to 64 satellite systems with control capabilities affording Toler the ability to expand the system with additional control and monitoring locations as the need arises. In addition, when fully configured, Panasonic's Matrix System 850 can accommodate approximately 9000 cameras, 1024 monitors and 128 system controllers making it ideal for systems with anticipated growth.

With large camera systems such as the Indiana State Museum's, the Panasonic Matrix System 850's advanced switching capabilities allow Toler to program automated "tour" or "group" switching sequences. He also has the ability to program "event" sequences by time/date or alarm activation for automated camera PTZ movement with preset switching, recording and monitoring sequences.