Security Management Systems Installs 1,000+ Cameras for Massive N.Y. Complex

The scale and scope is staggering. Integrator Security Management Systems designs and deploys a comprehensive security solution featuring 1,183 cameras for a Manhattan-based development’s 110-building, 80-acre site encompassing more than 30,000 residents. See why the amazing multiyear project won SSI‘s 2011 Integrated Installation of the Year Award.

[IMAGE]12200[/IMAGE]Thus, SMS integrated Symmetry with Verint’s Nextiva offering to manage, archive and store the video. Symmetry then logs the video data and files it with access control events. With more than 1,100 cameras recording video 24/7, the system requires a massive amount of video storage capability. In excess of 320TB is available.

The system collects images from 1,183 fixed interior and exterior pan/tilt/zoom (p/t/z) Pelco cameras. These products were selected from a “camera shootout” that determined the optimum performance in low light environments. Pelco matrix switchers with distributed input modules provide both analog and IP video viewing capabilities. These units are housed in each of the four command center hubs and integrated into the overall system architecture.

Access, Managed Services and More

As part of overall improvements, a new apartment intercom system with an emergency call button was installed. SMS provided another level of integration to the newly installed Elbex intercom system. Each lobby intercom is equipped not only with communication to tenant apartments but also an emergency button to the security command center.

Also, SMS strategically placed emergency call boxes across the entire site. The voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) devices were chosen from Commend. Each of the call boxes is topped with a highly visible blue light so as to be easily located. A fleet of security personnel are a pushbutton away and can reach the box quickly in one of the security vehicles.

Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town has six tenant and visitor parking garages that are operated by a third party. In these subterranean facilities, SMS once again developed a high level of integration. Tenants who subscribe to parking services enter and depart scanning their ID cards positioned at the entry and exit points of every garage. The system uses HID’s long-range proximity readers and SKIDATA parking gates.

“We set up a partitioned database of tenants who subscribe to the parking services. So the system can not only provide accurate access, but the operator can use the information for validation and assist in billing,” says Albrecht. “The operator was provided with a workstation that allows them access to the tenant parking portion of the database, while security has an overview of the entire solution on one integrated system.”

SMS has developed a software suite that monitors and manages the Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town development as well as other major clients. “If any issues arise with the functionality of servers, storage devices, applications and network infrastructure, SMS manages the issue,” Craig Albrecht says. 

Installed agents on the network infrastructure detect, determine and in many cases resolve service issues automatically. If an issue is not resolved, an automated service request is created in SMS’ Customer Relationship Management software that alerts technical staff.

Executing With ‘Precision’ Pays Off

The final piece of the project was as-built documentation. SMS provided operation and maintenance manuals that included in excess of 300 as-built drawings both on CD and hard copy.

AMAG’s Barnette speaks to the integrator’s impressive achievement on the project: “This successful implementation could only be achieved by a few systems integrators in the business. This site is one of the more impressive installations I have seen and is an example of what can be accomplished when executed with precision.”

Verint’s Eckard adds, “There are a limited number of systems that truly integrate access control, IP video and intelligent analytics, and this is one of them, which is why it is such an impressive accomplishment.”

However, the most important party to astonish and delight is the client. Listening to Adam Rose, co-president of property manager Rose Associates, there are certainly no worries there.

“The level of quality and sophistication found in this extremely complex installation is something that very, very few firms could have provided, much less supported for many years following the successful installation,” he says. “SMS  created a total package of which we are quite proud.”

Presently, SMS is in the process of leveraging the existing network infrastructure to provide digital media to all lobby locations and amenity spaces, 200 locations in total. The content will include live TV, advertising and tenant messaging. In the meantime, Albrecht and his team are enjoying their much-deserved notoriety. 

“We are proud of the final product and the recognition we have received from our clients and industry peers,” he says. “The success of the [project] is a testament to everyone involved, including the manufacturers who supported our efforts and the owner’s management team who worked closely with the SMS team to provide their input and coordination. It should serve as a model for future projects of this scale.”

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