Italian city implements Milestone solutions

Manerbio makes switch from analog to IP video surveillance system

COPENHAGEN – 19 December 2008. The city of Manerbio, Italy, has migrated from analog to IP video, with major savings and the ability to scale up in future while adding new innovations, thanks to Milestone open platform video management software.

Older technology becomes outdated and ineffective

Manerbio, Italy, is one of the biggest cities in the Province of Brescia. The police had an old surveillance system with analog video cameras for monitoring a few sensitive areas, which soon proved insufficient for their security needs since it had all the limitations of a solution based on a proprietary (one-vendor) standard. It also used expensive data lines with an annual cost of leasing the telecommunication lines from the national carrier that was excessive for the poor surveillance results of the outdated system. "We did not have a technical solution suitable for the operational needs of our local police, and it was impossible to carry out any expansions of the system at reasonable costs," explained the Mayor, Dr. Cesare Trebeschi.

Cost efficient, wireless, and future-proof solution

After a careful evaluation of 22 project proposals, the most qualified was selected from Technology Associates, a multi-certified partner of Milestone Systems. Their solution was based on a powerful and scalable Milestone software platform running over a wireless network. It provides two fully redundant and independent wireless communication centers for the police to monitor the city areas, using the latest-generation Axis cameras with automatic motion tracking and 35x zoom in day and night modes. Most of the video cameras installed are linked by means of wireless bridge systems. Fiber optic links have also made it possible to set up high-speed backbones with a very high level of redundancy to ensure the continued availability of service, even in the event of failure of individual portions of the system.

"Our installation can meet any need of the municipality because it can be freely scaled up without constraints in the quantity or type of video cameras or security systems integrated in future. Above all, it offers an optimal technology-to-investment ratio and helps control fixed costs," stated engineer Felix Lars Keil, Managing Partner of Technology Associates. "The authorities of Manerbio understood that after bearing the initial costs of the investment, it would just be a matter of utilizing the great potential of the network and software environment."

Video-enabling integrations save resources and improve security

The implementation includes "IPView," a Technology Associates integration of the Milestone IP video software with an intercom system, which allows the city authorities to open various gateways throughout the region by remote control. For example, they can open school gates or waste disposal centers at specific times during hours when they are unguarded. When a call button is pressed in one of the facilities, the console in the surveillance center displays a special control panel with an audio and video transmission of the person requesting entry. Operators can reply or open the gate. The audio and video recordings of the operations are stored in the Milestone system to ensure maximum security.

Operating tests have already been performed for remote control of some restricted traffic areas, as well, making use of a combination of the Milestone license plate reader module and the IPView networked Intercom system to control the retractable traffic barriers. The access rights would be subject to recognition of a license plate or badge.

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