13 000 cameras under control
August 2018, Healthcare (Industry), CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions, Products
The hospital environment presents unique challenges to security. Mass General Hospital (MGH) has a 17-acre urban campus with 29 contiguous and 14 separate buildings (including underground and freestanding garage facilities). This is complex. Their security team must also take into account not only the main location, but also 13 satellite facilities around the Boston area.
Charged with creating a safe environment, MGH’s security team is at the same time challenged by the clinical teams’ needs for increased efficiency; lowering length of stay, moving patients through the hospital as quickly as possible. The 24-hour emergency room, with its anxious, highly volatile population, presents challenges of its own. In addition, patient elopement and wandering – unauthorised departures from the medical facility, whether intentional or unintentional – pose liability threats that can be very damaging to a hospital.
The MGH Police, Security and Outside Services Department provide security services to 13 Partners Healthcare facilities. Following a recent digital conversion, unified on the Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS) platform, the hospital’s security team achieved the ability to expand camera coverage and add new Axis network cameras to the existing IP network. With 13 000 cameras recording video 24/7, MGH was overwhelmed with video data, of which only a fraction was ever viewed.
A unified system was needed to balance the monitoring needs of a busy, big-city hospital campus with remote satellite locations while, at the same time, upholding the highest level of security possible, maintaining operational flow, and providing customer satisfaction that included expectations of privacy.
Milestone XProtect VMS platform was selected. Camera count was increased from 400 to 13 000 cameras, standardised on Axis network cameras connected directly to the IP network. To manage the increase in video data, MGH’s team chose BriefCam Syndex Pro, a set of synopsis tools designed to reduce the time and effort needed for video review, post-event video investigation and real-time video monitoring. The BriefCam solution ties in seamlessly with the Milestone video management solution, providing efficient workflow for investigators.
A 2-year long ROI examination of video use at MGH has shown a progressive rise in success rates with the use of surveillance in incident investigation. The solution’s ability to present video metadata in graphic visualisation format, such as bar graphs, pie charts and the like, has opened up new realms of possibilities to extend the role of video beyond security into organisational efficiency and more informed decision making.
- NEC XON talks Industry 4.0 and disruption
November 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security, Integrated Solutions, Conferences & Events, Training & Education
NEC XON held its seventh annual summit at Sun City in October this year in which it focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4) and how it would disrupt the status quo.
- Optimal selection of CCTV operators
November 2018, Leaderware, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Security Services & Risk Management
Technology is often seen as the primary factor in the success of CCTV surveillance control rooms, yet Dr Craig Donald has seen new control rooms with the most up-to-date technology fail.
- The building blocks of safe and smart cities
November 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure, Government and Parastatal (Industry)
Hi-Tech Security Solutions asks NEC XON and Vox for insights into what some of the foundations of a safe and smart city are.
- How close has video analytics grown to AI?
November 2018, Technews Publishing, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Cyber Security, Integrated Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Solutions asks how far artificial intelligence has changed the video analytics market and how it will make an impact in future.
- Smart cities spend less
November 2018, Axis Communications SA, Government and Parastatal (Industry), CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Security Services & Risk Management
A proactive management model allows cities to work smarter and save money while offering better services and results to their citizens.
- Secutel partners with AxxonSoft
November 2018, Secutel Technologies, News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Secutel Technologies has announced it is now an approved technology partner and distributor of AxxonSoft in South Africa.
- Choose your surveillance technology partners wisely
November 2018, Graphic Image Technologies, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Businesses and consumers alike are spoiled for choice in the surveillance market, but as with everything else in life, you get what you pay for.
- Fresh supermarket surveillance
November 2018, Hikvision South Africa, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Products
A total of 450 compact outdoor dome cameras with 4 mm lenses were ordered and installed for Food Plus, a supermarket chain in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Win $65 000 from Milestone
November 2018, Milestone Systems, This Week's Editor's Pick, News
Milestone Systems invites coders, developers, individuals and organisations to test their development skills in the Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest.
- Smart home security services
November 2018, Fidelity Security Group, Security Services & Risk Management, Products
SecureHome enables you to view the status of your home security, quickly arm or disarm your alarm system, and receive alerts using your smartphone.
- Making cities smart-city-ready
November 2018, Axis Communications SA, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
The future of cities is smart interconnected systems that drive sustainability and efficiencies, and that make the lives of the people who live in them easier.
- Smart security hub
November 2018, Sentian, Products, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure
With Sentian, commercial users can upgrade their installed security assets, and installers can upsell smart security to their existing clients, at a significant cost advantage because it builds off existing, installed security solutions.