Knight Security Wins Hefty Texas Networked Video Contract


Knight Security Systems has been awarded a sizeable contract by Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to provide video surveillance systems at 12 state-supported living centers located across the state.

The contract, valued at more than $12 million, was designed specifically for the department and will involve the installation of a network of more than 3,200 high-definition (HD) video cameras in 335 buildings.

The project, which includes nearly 35 miles of fiber cabling within the video surveillance network, will be installed and completed in three phases, requiring an average of four to five months for each phase of four campuses in Abilene, Austin, Brenham, Denton, El Paso, Lubbock, Lufkin, Mexia, Richmond, Harlingen (Rio Grande campus), San Angelo and San Antonio. The project is to be completed by August 2011, as required by the DADS contract.

“Key to securing this contract with DADS was our aggressive scheduling, the elegance of our system design and the people we put behind it,” says Knight Security Systems President Phil Lake. “Our entire team is extremely pleased to have been selected for this important and worthy mission, and we understand and appreciate the trust DADS has placed in us to complete it in an efficient and effective manner.”

The integrator’s standardized and modular design method will simplify the system deployment while providing a highly scalable solution to support the long-term needs of DADS, according to Christopher Hugman, P.E., Knight Security Systems vice president and executive project manager for the project. “We stated in our proposal that the Knight team was ready to deploy, and within 30 days of the contract we are already at work on multiple sites,” Hugman says.

DADS was created to administer long-term services and supports for people who are aging and who have cognitive and physical disabilities. The department also licenses and regulates providers of these services, and administers the state’s guardianship program.

By standardizing each component of the system – video cameras, network switches, power backups, management systems, etc. – Knight Security Systems is able to pre-engineer each system by building and campus, providing cost and time savings while deploying a more robust and reliable system configuration. Safety and security will be enhanced via centralized monitoring and control, according to Hugman.

The DADS project was implemented through the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) purchasing process, and Knight Security Systems has procured more than 50 percent Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) participation among its subcontractors.

As the lead contractor on the project, Knight Security has enlisted installation and infrastructure hardware and software partners well established on security and infrastructure projects with the state of Texas.

KST Electric Ltd., a full-service electrical, data and communication contracting company based in Manor, Texas, is a major partner on the project and will manage the installation of the nearly 35 miles of fiber-optic cable and all interior network cabling for the system infrastructure.

Austin-based Applied Network Security will help with camera installation, system programming and network head-end configuration. Applied Network Security is also HUB-certified and has worked with Knight on numerous other installations.

Knight Security is responsible for general project management and administration; video system design, engineering and assignments; overall project acceptance and training; and ongoing service-level agreement and technical support.

“With thousands of customers, from small businesses to large government campus environments, Knight Security Systems, KST Electric and Applied Network Security are familiar with the nuances and challenges that can arise with a project of this nature,” says Hugman. “The design of the DADS video surveillance system reflects this crucial experience and knowledge.”

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