Axis Communications to Provide Video Surveillance, Perimeter Protection at Lincoln Tomb

A local integrator utilizes Axis’ multisensor, network cameras and AXIS Perimeter Defender for added security.

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Axis Communications will provide surveillance and perimeter protection at the Lincoln Tomb, the final resting place of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln and three of their four sons.

The historical site of is located in Lincoln’s hometown, Springfield, Ill. The network video surveillance system will provide more accessibility and leverage current IP technologies to offer an uninterrupted view across the site and parking lot that will save staff time and give further understanding to how visitors interact with the monument, according to a news release.

As part of a security upgrade by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and local systems integrator A-1 Corporate Hardware, cameras will be deployed at various angles around the site, as well as the parking lot to enable staff to have a complete view of the entire property.

“As one of the most visited cemeteries in the country, the addition of video surveillance will give us a tool to increase safety and security around the site and allow us to resolve incidents quickly,” says Heidi Brown-McCreery, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. “This system will offer us a tremendous amount of efficiency and also be used to help staff learn how guests move around the site.”

With more than 200,000 visitors annually, the tomb is situated in a large monument with five surrounding bronze statues, each depicting a branch of the United States military. An eight-foot statue of Lincoln also stands above the tomb.

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“We have been protecting Springfield’s valuable assets for the past 70-plus years and are pleased to provide this additional security to protect Abraham Lincoln’s legacy”, says Joe White of A-1 Corporate Hardware.

To fully capture the full view of the property, the site selected an AXIS Q3708-PVE network camera with three sensors for a 180-degree overview and enhanced light sensitivity. Additionally, AXIS P3224-LVE network cameras will provide additional angles with remote zoom and focus and OptimizedIR illumination for viewing at night. All cameras will utilize Axis’ Zipstream technology, a more efficient H.264 implementation that will lower bandwidth and storage requirements, according to the company.

AXIS Perimeter Defender will be deployed on the cameras to serve as scalable perimeter protection, an added layer of defense for security on site. The analytic features high detection accuracy and will allow staff to reinforce physical access to the site during off hours.

“We’re honored that the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will use Axis to secure and protect the tomb of one of the most instrumental presidents in this country’s history,” says Karl Radke, business area director, Midwest, Axis. “This system will provide the site with the security and flexibility they need to continue to grow.”

Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb was established at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield following Lincoln’s death and burial in 1865. A selection of museums, monuments and historic sites are located within a two-mile radius of the site, including the original building in which Lincoln worked for the State Legislature.

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