With more systems integrators and end users moving to networked security solutions, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Video Surveillance Project, presented at IP-in-Action LIVE Texas, represents the scope of the types of installs being made possible by new technology. Christopher Hugman, P.E., Vice President, Knight Security Systems, LLC, addressed the attendees at Sam Houston Race Park, Houston TX, during IP-in-Action LIVE Texas on November 9, 2011.
Established in 1983, Knight Security Systems, designs, installs and services advanced security video surveillance for clients in Texas. The company operates full service offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston with service partnerships established throughout the State of Texas. Executive management experience encompasses the Security/ Life Safety and Network Infrastructure industries. Business processes emphasize system design and technology focus is IP based security solutions. Knight Security’s market focus is state & local government, education and commercial segments.
According to Hugman, the project’s purpose was to further the mission of DADS by protecting the well-being of its residents. After mandatory site visits to draw up the proposal based on the Standard State RFP process and the client considering eight vendor submitted responses, Knight was awarded the $10.8 million project contract, plus three year service agreement. Knight Security prevailed based upon the strength of its detailed system design, asserts Hugman.
DADs officials required professional project management which the Knight Security team provided for the completion of the video surveillance systems at 12 DADS campuses, a total of 336 buildings. Some of the specifics include: video coverage of common areas in all designated buildings; construction network infrastructure (35 miles of inter-building fiber optic infrastructure); live video monitoring center at each campus (28 monitoring workstations); video archive 60 days storage on RAID-5; 402 network switches, 3,215 IP cameras; 12 System administrative servers; 63 video archive servers (10Tbyte); 15 different hardware components used to comprise the entire system including cameras, switches, servers, UPS, monitors; 9 standard network node configurations; customer support and training and a post installation three year service level agreement.
Hugman explains that the install was performed in three project phases with four campuses installed during each phase. The project, he says, took 12 months from first day on-site to last operator trained, completed eight months ahead of schedule (against a 20 month schedule).
Knight Security standardized on one cameras manufacturer, IQinVision, throughout the system. The vandal proof IQeye Indoor Network Mini-Dome is the perfect choice, states Hugman, because of its compact and rugged design, triple-axis mounting flexibility, multi-lens options – 30, 60, 90, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), reasonable low-light performance, H.264 video compression, and megapixel resolution, among other features. In addition, IQinVision offered excellent vendor support, he continues, they gave us some extra “love,” good pricing and a 5 year warranty. The Video Management System Architecture used was the OnSSI Ocularis, according to Hugman. The embedded scalable infrastructure makes the system future proof for further requirements.
IP-in-Action LIVE Texas offered a full day of presentations on the latest IP technology in addition to the DADS Case Study, including:
● Technology and Crisis Management Tools: Active Shooter, James Marcella, Director of Technical Services, Axis Communications
● IP DNA: The Art of Video Network Design, Dr. Ed Wassall, Director IP Product Development, Samsung Techwin
●Megapixel Video Implemented with Decentralized Concept and Hemispheric Technology, Steven W. Rea, Business Development Manager, MOBOTIX
● Supporting Today's High Resolution IP Networks: Storage Technologies to Manage Both Data and the Budget, Charles Foley, Chief Executive Officer, TimeSight Systems
●Browser Based IP Video Surveillance and Why IT Loves It, John E. Harvey, Regional Sales Manager, March Networks
●Transform Value of Video with Video Analytics, Jason Canada, Director of Product Management, 3VR
Exhibitors for IP-in-Action LIVE Texas are: 3VR • AFI • Arecont Vision • Axis Communications • Exacq Technologies • GarrettCom Inc. • Genetec • Honeywell Security Systems • Infinias • IQinVision • March Networks • MOBOTIX • OnSSI • Samsung Techwin • ScanSource Security • TimeSight Systems • Vigitron