State-of-the-Art IP Video Solution
The centerpiece of the Veranda Park security solution is the IP-based Endura system, which was chosen for its scalability and flexibility. Both SmartWatch and Wicks lauded the solution for its no nonsense setting up.
“The train can go flying off the tracks so easily on these projects,” says Wicks, a 25-year veteran of systems design. “That kind of ease of use is what I look for. We were pleasantly surprised about the quality of the video and the ease of the installation.”
Pelco provided support all through the project, which began in March 2007, including training, technical support and advanced replacements for critical components. The 108 cameras placed throughout the development include a combination of Pelco’s Spectra IV p/t/z model, and ICS150 and ICS110 Series fixed domes.
SmartWatch determined final mounting requirements and utilized wall mount, ceiling and pendant mounts. The locations of the cameras were divided into three basic areas. The exterior perimeter was secured with fixed cameras located around the outside of the building in the retail area walkways.
The second area of focus was the three-level parking garage. The structure called for p/t/z cameras in the corners of the parking area and fixed cameras at all entry and exit locations. The common areas, including elevator lobbies, mail center, storage areas and residence hallways used primarily fixed cameras.
The security control center is designed and equipped to serve as a centralized hub for all electronic security being installed in the buildings presently under construction, as well as future buildings in the planned multiphase project. SmartWatch installed a total of three monitors for viewing and maintaining the Endura system. The monitors consist of a 50-inch plasma, 20-inch LCD and 17-inch KVM monitor/switch used primarily for programming.
Control of the system is accomplished by utilizing Pelco’s KBD5000 keyboard, which provides for live viewing, recorded viewing, camera call-up and other features. Video is stored on a pair of 24-channel NVRs with a capacity of 4.8TB and 6TB, respectively.
“The beauty of an IP system is it allows for the expansion of future building,” Farrell says. “What we built was basically the central command. The developer has plans for additional buildings for retail, office space and entertainment. This head-end is going to house all of that equipment. You couldn’t do that with a normal DVR. You need an IP system to distribute the video.”
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