North Richland Hills uses IP video technology to expand surveillance effectiveness and reduce costs

Texas town standardizes on IP surveillance solutions from IQinVision to expand, improve overall security


San Juan Capistrano, CA, December 15, 2010—IQinVision, market leader in high-performance HD megapixel IP network cameras, today announced that the City of North Richland Hills (TX) has standardized on IP surveillance technology utilizing IQeye HD megapixel cameras equipped with powerful IQ Vcam virtual camera technology and LENSEC video management software. LENSEC is also the system designer and integrator of record for this growing city surveillance project.

The City of North Richland Hills, a bedroom community between Dallas and Fort Worth, has two major interstates nearby creating a high level of traffic and visitors for the municipality. Sean O. Hughes, CFO and Emergency Management/Homeland Security Coordinator for the city, received a mandate from the City Manager to provide video surveillance of all critical infrastructure and upgrade to IP technology for any future system expansion.

Hughes explained the situation as the city looked to expand surveillance, "We had six different analog DVR systems, four different vendors, only a few cameras could be networked, and nothing was integrated." Hughes’ goal was to find one solution that integrated all the city’s cameras so they could be viewed using one piece of software. LENSEC provided both the video management software and the expertise to design and install the upgrades, while providing for future expansion.

The first new cameras were planned to provide interior and exterior views of the city’s tennis center. The primary concern here was break-ins to cars parked at the facility. Around this time, North Richland Hills installed an expensive piece of outdoor art located on the grounds of the library, creating a demand for high-level protection. Finally, Hughes wanted to install new cameras at the city’s waterpark for perimeter surveillance and to capture license plates at the single entrance/exit point. LENSEC recommended IQinVision’s IQeye HD megapixel cameras and Hughes readily agreed. Eventually, additional IQeye cameras would also be installed at the city’s court complex.

Once the IQeye cameras had been installed, it was time for LENSEC’s Jaime Bradford to introduce Hughes to the many additional features the cameras offer. Along with easy installation, industry-leading stability, and crystal clear images, the IQeye cameras include a software feature called IQ Vcam. IQ Vcam provides multiple, unique high or low resolution views selected from the overall scene, essentially creating multiple cameras out of one to provide Hughes’ security staff independent views that can be moved and digitally zoomed. At the same time, Vcam reduces overall bandwidth and storage demands by transmitting only the selected views back to the servers and not the entire multi-megapixel camera field of view.

Hughes immediately recognized the IQ Vcam feature was perfect for providing the coverage he needed for the outdoor art installation. "I love the versatility of the IQeye cameras, I purchase one asset but get multiple features—one camera, several high-resolution views, and less traffic on the network. Not only are we getting four views from one camera but this is aesthetically pleasing for us too. This is a brand-new library, so the overall look is important. I didn’t want to hang 15 cameras off this beautiful new building."

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