Family Center Receives Donated Video Surveillance Upgrade

The Nest family center received a much needed video surveillance and audio detection security upgrade courtesy of Sonitrol and its partners.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — 3xLOGIC, Bates Security, Sonitrol of Lexington and Sonitrol corporate partnered to complete a video surveillance and audio detection security upgrade project for The Nest, known formally as the Center for Women, Children, and Families.

The Nest, located here in a public park, provides needy families with free essential items, offers counseling for domestic violence issues and has daycare services onsite. The Nest is said to be located in a “rough” part of town, making a robust security system crucial.

Danny Goodpaster, sales consultant for Bates Security/Sonitrol of Lexington, met with the center and determined at least eight cameras would be needed to provide enhanced visibility of the Center’s surroundings, including expanded coverage of the building’s parking lot and approach to the entrance.

The center was previously equipped with a four-camera analog system complete with alarm capabilities.

“The Nest just didn’t have the budget for the upgraded system they needed, and we could have installed a much less expensive, non-verified alarm system to save costs,” explains Goodpaster. “But they have been our customer since 1989, and their verified alarm capability plus panic buttons has led to successful police apprehensions at the site on several occasions. Staff understood the importance of Sonitrol brand equipment and our positive relationship with law enforcement. So, in cooperation with our corporate office, we decided to ensure they had the system they truly needed to be able to function more safely and securely.”

Bates/Sonitrol of Lexington installed a total of eight 3xLOGIC Sonitrol-branded cameras, equipped with full video verification capabilities and an NVR onsite.

The solution includes different camera models to fit the varying surveillance needs, including wide-dynamic range 3MP HD cameras and a 180-degree camera to cover a wider, outdoor area.

Most of the cameras are located outside, covering the parking lot and a playground. Two interior cameras cover both of The Nest’s entrances, the office and the entrance to the daycare facility. The entire upgrade project was completed in April of this year.

“The old system was just not doing the job for them,” says Goodpaster. “It was in disrepair, the image quality was poor, and the wiring had deteriorated. We replaced the old DVR with a new NVR that has Smart Search capability, and the entire system is now IP. I was really impressed with the commitment by our corporate office to make sure this important non-profit, doing essential work, has a system that provides them with peace of mind and genuine security. Once we were fully installed, we provided a staff training day that included an orientation for law  enforcement as well.”

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