May 2011: Projects in the News
Hikvision’s H.264 compression cards are being used in the United States, Canada and South America by CEVA Logistics, a logistics company whose global network has facilities in 170 countries and 46,000 employees generating a turnover of $7 billion. Hikvision’s partner on this project was Unisight Digital Technologies Inc., Centennial City, Colo., which supplied the CEVA premises with custom-built, PC-based recorders using Hikvision dual-stream compression cards from the HCI series to encode footage generated by the analog cameras.
Arie Hornreich, vice president of sales/business development at Unisight said, “This is one of our most intricate installations to date due to the sheer number of sites. CEVA is benefiting from functionality within the Hikvision compression cards that allow dual transmission and multiple bitrate. Where appropriate we are able to record at one resolution level and transmit at another, so making optimum use of bandwidth.”
IQinVision announced the completion of a major video surveillance project with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). The installation comprises more than 3,200 H.264 HD megapixel cameras installed in 336 buildings on 12 separate campuses. Knight Security Systems was instrumental in the success of the project proposing, designing and installing the surveillance system over a 17-month time period.
Clarion University depends on Panasonic’s i-PRO systems to provide IP-based video surveillance throughout its campus in the Appalachian Mountain region of northwestern Pennsylvania. Panasonic cameras provide surveillance of the exterior of two campuses and the interiors of new buildings as they are built or retrofitted. The university’s systems integrator, The Protection Bureau, has been installing cameras at Clarion University for about a year and will continue with the installations for the next three to five years.
Bob Burket, senior security consultant, The Protection Bureau, is enthusiastic about the benefits of Panasonic security systems to Clarion University. “The proof is in the picture, bottom line; the other specs don’t matter,” said Burket. “For megapixel cameras, Panasonic has the best picture out there, particularly in low-light situations.” Burket notes that Clarion University uses the camera throughout its parking lots and pedestrian walkways, where lighting is inconsistent.
The system at Clarion University is built around Panasonic’s i-PRO WJ-ND400 network video recorder, with the i-PRO WV-NW502S camera, a 3.0 megapixel vandal-resistant IP camera offering multiple stream formats: H.264, MPEG-4 and JPEG compression.
Ohio University in Athens added six KeyWatcher® cabinets from Morse Watchmans, Oxford, Conn., to its system. The expansion allowed for all of the key control cabinets to be on the school’s IT network for ease of management, efficiency and security. With the installation of the KeyWatcher system, management gained control of who could remove keys, what keys they could remove and for how long. Now, all master keys utilized by facilities are maintained in the KeyBank and removed as needed by authorized personnel. Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio with 17,124 undergraduate students on the Athens campus. For information, visit www.morsewatchmans.com.
Scott County Jail covers 88,737 square feet, including 160 cells that house sentence and pre-trial adult male and female offenders, a secure tunnel that connects the jail to the Scott County Justice Center, and a secure courtroom within the jail itself. Scott County Jail turned to Agent Vi to deploy its real-time video analytics solution: Vi-System. Of 186 cameras at the site, the jail required enabling 90 cameras with video analytics capabilities. Scott County Jail’s surveillance system employs Milestone XProtect Corporate as its VMS recording and viewing application, which is fully integrated with Agent Vi’s products. Vi-System was installed at Scott County Jail by embedding video analytics in Axis Q7406 encoders that stream video from analog cameras. The solution is distributed analytics architecture — which splits the video analysis between the camera and the server — enabled the use of a single analytics server to handle all 90 cameras.
HID Global, a secure identity solutions provider, enabled the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network (AEHN) to simplify the re-badging of more than 7,000 personnel following the firm’s spin-off and corporate re-branding, while also migrating to higher-security 13.56 MHz contactless technologies. AEHN’s first objective was to re-badge personnel at the organization’s four hospitals, seven campuses and approximately 50 offsite primary-care physician and surgical-center locations. Its technology integrator, Siemens, chose HID’s dual-technology iCLASS readers and smartcards to replace the organization’s 300 existing Wiegand swipe readers. Because the iCLASS readers simultaneously support legacy magstripe cards and new, secure contactless cards, AEHN was able to make a smooth, disruption-free transition to the new, re-branded ID cards across multiple campuses in many different geographical regions
G4S Technology LLC (formerly Adesta), a systems integrator and project management company for communication networks and electronic security systems, was selected to design, build and maintain upgraded security systems for Amtrak, the busiest railroad in North America. The projects totalling $25.5 million will take place in select locations and are scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2011. With an average of more than 78,000 passengers riding more than 300 trains per day nationwide, Amtrak terminals are constantly congested with commuters. G4S Technology has maintained an aggressive deployment schedule working around the busiest track times, while adhering to strict safety regulations.