Salient’s CompleteView VMS Revolutionizes Security for the State of Mississippi
State now benefits from a centralized platform with greater administrative control and a product that meets its standard for NDAA compliance.
In alignment with the state’s mission of “empowering Mississippi citizens to stay connected and engaged with their government,” Salient Systems‘ CompleteView video management system (VMS) is being installed throughout more than 150 state boards, commissions and agencies.
The statewide installation is intended to “ensure safety for thousands of constituents who access state services daily,” according to the Salient Systems press release.
Converting all State of Mississippi buildings from its legacy video system, which included analog cameras across a disparate video platform, to match their standard of excellence took a lot of planning. This involved researching and interviewing multiple manufacturers of IP cameras and video management systems.
It was important to state officials to find an open architecture solution that could utilize as much existing technology as possible, thereby preserving current taxpayer investment.
After a thorough evaluation, the decision came down to three competitive VMSs, all based on total cost of ownership, scalability requirements, software performance capabilities, along with support assessments, said Mike Cooper with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
Once CompleteView was selected, another strategic decision was made to have personnel from the state handle the design and installation of CompleteView internally rather than engage outside consulting. This has proved to be an effective option, allowing them to tailor each installation to suit individual property needs.
State officials works through the channel for procurement, then handles all programming and administration internally. This offers them the most flexibility while still achieving uniformity across each deployment as well as complete control of the process.
Inside the Installation
The conversion to CompleteView is underway and will take about three to five years to complete. The state now benefits from a centralized platform that allows for greater administrative control, as well as a product that meets the State of Mississippi standard for NDAA compliance.
“We now have a platform that is easily managed and visibly organized in an efficient manner,” says Cooper. “We also appreciate having a system that’s permission based with tighter controls.”
The state’s technical team is committed to keeping the system updated as Salient releases newer versions of its software each quarter. These upgrades ensure they are taking advantage of all security enhancements and feature improvements that CompleteView has to offer.
Officials have also planned integration of Salient’s access control system, Open Options, with CompleteView, tying video directly to specific door openings. This gives state personnel an enhanced view into their security operations, with auditing of badge events through a single interface.
Further initiatives will explore the addition of AI video analytics to add weapons detection, appearance search, and cross-camera tracking — all to help speed up investigations.
Salient’s open platform makes these integrations possible. Staying present on these new releases and innovative integrations ensures an advanced level of protection from potential threats and works to achieve the ultimate end game – keeping community members safe.
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