Washington water utility installs integrated IP security system

Encompassing more than 17-square-miles and serving over 65,000 people, the Northshore Utility District located in northeast Washington recently deployed a combination of 38 high-definition and standard definition cameras from IndigoVision.

According to a statement issued by the company, the water utility (responsible for securing 263 miles of sewer pipe, 15 lift stations, 260 miles of water main, three pumping stations, and eight water storage facilities) previously had an outdated analog surveillance system that provided poor quality video.

Using IndigoVision's 'Control Center' video management software, operators at the utility are now able to view live and recorded video from any camera. Video is recorded on standalone NVRs.

"There were a number of instances where the old surveillance system caught perpetrators close up on camera, but we still couldn’t get a clear picture for identification. In contrast, the new IndigoVision HD cameras provide us with amazing video quality – in some cases it’s like looking out of the window," said Stephen Schomer, P.E., information systems and technology director for the district.

In addition to video, the district has also deployed a Maxxess access control system, which has been integrated with IndigoVision’s solution over the IP network.