Video management secures community

April 2010 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Trenton Housing Authority increases operator productivity and reduces investigation with IP-based video management.

In existence since the late 1930s, the Trenton Housing Authority (THA) provides decent and affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents throughout the city of Trenton, in New Jersey, USA. Its mission is to provide safe and sanitary housing for residents and to lead them toward self-sufficiency.

For the past 30 years, the THA has served nearly 2000 households. Today, the THA is an autonomous body that is chartered by the State of New Jersey, partially funded by the federal government and governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners.

Previously, the THA relied on 11 unarmed officers patrolling various developments to maintain safety and security. Due to the prevalence of drugs and guns in the area, this was a dangerous situation for both the unarmed officers and the THA residents. As a result, THA officials sought to create a safer environment, where people could feel comfortable walking to and from their housing units, regardless of the time of day. Officials also wanted to provide officers with tools that could help them become more efficient and effective.

To accomplish this, THA officials began by distributing an RFP to security companies with the goal of creating safer surroundings for THA residents and officers. After a careful ranking process based on a variety of factors, the THA selected integrator ComTec Systems. As ComTec employees began to address the needs and concerns of the authority, they realised the THA needed a full-scale security initiative, so they set about to design a unique solution.

The solution

Since the housing communities were spread across multiple locations throughout the city, THA officials sought complete convergence of all THA video. Officials also needed the video to be centralised so they could manage it more cost-effectively.

“One of the challenges in our industry is gathering information from locations across an entire city and sending it back to one location. And how do you balance cost and technology effectively, so it works?” says Michael Vertolli, president of ComTec Systems.

In response to these needs, ComTec designed a unique wireless network to transmit CCTV, access and other data to a command and control centre. The wireless solution proved to be especially economical, since it did not require putting fibre in the ground and trenching or digging up existing environments.

A critical piece of the installation is Honeywell’s MAXPRO VMS – a unique video management system that bridges the gap between analogue and digital video systems.

“MAXPRO VMS is ideal for a central command centre where multiple operators are required to view numerous cameras all at the same time,” explains Maureen Bruen, regional sales manager of Honeywell’s Video Systems. “For the THA, this solution enables the integration of all camera systems and provides a single user interface to manage the entire system.”

Now, multiple operators can share incidents with other operators using simple drag-and-drop functionality. This increases operator productivity and, most importantly, reduces investigation time. The THA works closely with local police departments to solve any crimes that occur in their jurisdiction. With this technology in place, officials can make real-time decisions about investigations.

Police can come to the THA command centre to view any criminal activity, and camera shots can also be sent to a desktop in a patrol car, further aiding investigations.

The THA is pleased with this powerful system. Since its implementation, crime has decreased, and illegal dumping and unauthorised use of certain areas has also been significantly reduced. Most importantly, the community feels secure, fulfilling the THA’s mission to create safer communities for its residents.

For more information contact Honeywell Systems Group, +44 1928 754023, nick.honess@honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com


Credit(s)




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Securing Savannah Hills Estate
August 2019, Rhyco Risk Projects , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Savannah Hills Estate in Midrand planned a security upgrade which was awarded to Rhyco Risk Projects. The project started in March 2019 and was completed in May 2019.

Read more...
10 things to consider when shopping for a VMS
August 2019, Genetec , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Today’s video management systems (VMS) provide a wide range of tools and capabilities that help make security personnel more efficient by allowing them to focus on what really matters.

Read more...
How far are we really at with artificial intelligence?
August 2019, Axis Communications SA , Editor's Choice, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, IT infrastructure, Residential Estate (Industry)
Justin Ludik unpacks exactly how far AI has come and what it potentially can do for society and more importantly, surveillance.

Read more...
Enhancing security with AI
August 2019, Hikvision South Africa , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Hikvision explains how residential estates can revolutionise their security strategies and outcomes with artificial intelligence.

Read more...
More than simply a camera
August 2019, Forbatt SA, Secutel Technologies , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
With the human element being the weakest link in all security solutions, Hi-Tech Security Solutions looks at the pros and cons of using body-worn cameras in estates.

Read more...
The importance of effective perimeter security
August 2019, Elf Rentals - Electronic Security Solutions, Stafix , Editor's Choice, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
Protecting the perimeter is critical for any residential estate; how does one go about making sure your perimeter is as secure as possible?

Read more...
Security playing speedcop
August 2019, Axis Communications SA, Hikvision South Africa , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
Estates now have a legal precedent to manage their traffic and fine people in the estate for violations of the rules; all they need do is find solutions that will support them.

Read more...
CathexisVision video management software
August 2019, Cathexis Technologies , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
The CathexisVision IP video management software (VMS) helps clients get the most out of their surveillance investment and reap rewards for their companies.

Read more...
Capture every detail with Smart PIR kits
August 2019, Longse Distribution , Home Security, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
Longse Technology offers DIY smart security kits that are easy to install and offer a Wi-Fi range that can reach up to 300 metres.

Read more...
Future-facing cameras
August 2019, Bosch Building Technologies , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
All FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i cameras feature built-in Intelligent Video Analytics, making them intuitive, and elevates their importance far beyond security alone.

Read more...