Contract Awarded for Security Upgrade at 3 Dams


The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded the integration team of Sim-G Technologies of Washington, D.C., and Integrated Security Solutions (ISS) of Kalispell, Mont., a $4.1 million contract for the engineering, design and installation of upgrades to the electronic security systems (ESS) of Hoover, Davis and Parker Dams.

The ESS systems will be installed to increase the safety and security of visitors, employees and assets at the dams and will incorporate Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) solutions from Phoenix IVS of Miami.

With increased awareness of improving safety and security at what has become some of the country’s most treasured landmarks, the Bureau of Reclamation has determined the need to incorporate the latest technology in video surveillance through systems that incorporate video analytic software. The need is to detect, track and send real-time alerts to patrolling security personnel when people, vehicles or other objects of interest are determined to have breached predetermined security rules. The technology can be integrated into the existing CCTV surveillance camera system already in place or with new installations, as required, processing the analytics at the network edge.

Sim-G and ISS have integrated these security solutions at more than 40 other dams and locks within the U.S. Sim-G specializes in engineering and design in the federal, military and commercial marketplace, while ISS offers access control, intrusion detection, CCTV, communication media, lighting and physical security subsystems into a complete integrated system.

Work has already begun on upgrading the security systems at Hoover Dam and is expected to be completed by September 2007, with Davis and Parker Dams to follow.

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