PRODUCTS PERFORM LIKE ALL-STARS
The technology, systems and products selected included Axis IP video, Genetec NVRs, Lenel access control, Harding intercoms and Stanley Security Solutions’ own W-Q wireless access management solution (see the equipment list online for more detail).
All of these elements were skillfully regimented within Stanley CSS’ Corporate Commander physical security information management (PSIM) platform. The PSIM sits atop Conseco Fieldhouse’s security and facility management subsystems to facilitate a single point of command and control for all of the integrated pieces.
“The reasons these products were used to construct this solution included: extensive compatibility with diverse technology and integration with the Commander PSIM through API and SDK development; engineer familiarity; strategic manufacturer partnerships; and platform flexibility,” says Stanley CSS Software Engineering Team Leader Blaine Frederick.
The solution encompassed 53 door readers, 128 cameras, three wall-mounted LCD monitors (replacing 41 standard CRT monitors) controlled from the Genetec client and displaying 13 images per monitor, and another three video windows for call up and spot monitoring included within the Commander console itself.
Integrated into the Commander interface are the customer’s existing analog video, new IP-based video, access control, intrusion detection and intercom systems, along with control of six elevators. According to Ball, the solution will be further enhanced with planned expansion calling for fire/ life-safety, building management, paging and notification, and other enterprise systems.
“This will eventually incorporate other facility platforms as well such as building power, HVAC, VoIP and fire in a low-cost way,” he says. “In our future plans, for example, we will be able to shut down air handlers if a train wrecks outside. Not only can these systems be integrated, they can be automated. When you start looking at integrating different systems we see a lot of potential to make us not only safer but more efficient.”
USERS COACHED ON SYSTEM
According to Frederick, one of the overriding challenges the project presented was contending with the cluttered work of Stanley CSS’ predecessor. The existing cable management was chaotic, not labeled and almost unusable. In addition, the legacy video surveillance system was improperly configured and in poor condition.
“The previous security provider was overwhelmed by the required maintenance and integration of a solution on this scale,” he says. “The customer would have to physically switch cables during events to display the desired scene on the monitors. The previous monitor wall had 41 monitors using eight DVRs with the video quality lowered enough to get adequate video storage.”
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