How an Integrator Unified This County’s Video Surveillance Network With Ocularis VMS

Integrated Systems utilized Qognify’s Ocularis to unify the county’s VMS, NVR and DVR systems, which were all being managed individually across the county.

BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. — Integrator Systems was recently tasked with helping the county upgrade its public safety radio network. Requiring a high-quality video surveillance system to safeguard its $23 million investment in critical infrastructure, a solution combining networked Axis cameras, illuminators and radar motion detectors, with Qognify’s Ocularis video management system (VMS) was installed, to deter, detect and respond to unauthorized activity, at each of its nine new radio towers.

The new radio network replaces a system that was in place since the 1970’s and improves communications for police, fire, other emergency services and public works departments for the municipalities across the county, according to an announcement.

Because this type of critical infrastructure requires reliable round-the-clock security monitoring, Victor, N.Y.-based Integrated Systems was approached for its reputation in the delivery of technology solutions to government and industry to specify and install a new video surveillance system.

“Each of the radio tower sites required a combination of networked p/t/z and fixed cameras, as well as radar motion detection to provide comprehensive coverage that would ensure any unauthorized activity would be swiftly detected, automatically recorded and alerts triggered, to initiate a timely and appropriate response,” explains Integrated Systems President Mark Hamilton.

Axis camera and radar detection technology was chosen for interior and exterior use at each radio tower site, with Ocularis to provide the all-important integration.

Hamilton adds, “Early in our engagement with Broome County we urged them to migrate from their disparate video surveillance architecture, whereby VMS, NVR and DVR systems were all being managed individually across the county. Our recommended solution was a single unified, IP-based system that was county-wide sanctioned. To achieve this we specified the Ocularis VMS from Qognify.”

Ocluaris is a VMS that is well-suited for large-scale projects such as Broome County. With an emphasis on tactical real-time operations and live visualization, it is supported by full system redundancy and 24/7 availability.

Integrated Systems says it was impressed by Ocluaris’s rich feature set, user interface (including visually mapping of the entire camera estate) and scalability. Additionally, Axis is a Qognify Technology Partner, instilling the confidence Broome County needed to switch to a more unified approach to video surveillance.

Using Ocularis, authorized personnel at the Central Security Building and Emergency Management Services Center have 24/7/365 access to live and archived footage from every camera at each of the nine sites. The p/t/z gives a 360° view of each radio tower site, whilst fixed cameras monitor the tower yards main gates and shelter doors.

Meanwhile the radar motion detection system guards the perimeter. All surveillance camera footage is recorded and centrally archived at the County Data Center via the county’s microwave data network.

“If any suspicious activity is detected an operator can rapidly view, review and replay all relevant footage through Ocularis,” says Hamilton.

The operator also benefits from the use of visual maps to rapidly determine what cameras are available across each site, as well as video analytics to minimize time required to trawl through footage to identify activities of interest.

The Axis and Qognify solution has also been integrated with Broome County’s existing county-wide video network that includes street cameras, buildings and mobile video command systems.

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