As a recipient of a grant awarded by the The Department of Homeland Security, the City of Bridgeport recently embarked upon a city-wide security upgrade, which included the important mandate of securing its schools with state-of-the-art
video surveillance. Ultimately, the school surveillance solution will be one of many tied together into an integrated state-of-the-art command center environment. To support these needs, the city turned to solutions from IPVideo Corporation, whose innovative, network-based security solutions are known for providing ease of use, open-platform flexibility and best-in-class performance. A+ Technology & Security Solutions, of Bay Shore, NY, was entrusted to provide system design and integration services.
Secure Bridgeport Schools:
There are 40 schools within the City of Bridgeport. Three of those schools were initially chosen as test sites to install fully integrated IP-based security that combined IPVideo’s SentryVMS video management systems with ISONAS IP-to-the-door access control.
Video is viewed, managed and recorded using SentryVMS Edge NVRs, located at each school Sentry VMS provides administrators with an easy-to-use interface, the ability to securely access the system locally or remotely, including via mobile devices, and highly reliable recording and storage. It also integrates with several other technologies included in the school’s security system.
Isonas IP-based prox card readers are replacing the older mag locks that didn’t always function correctly on the doors. Sisco’s Fast-Pass Visitor Management system has been installed for secure, yet convenient, visitor management. And, Totus lighting with built-in Axis 360 degree IP based cameras have been programmed an put in at various entrances at the Dunbar Elementary school. James Adikes, Senior Project Manager at A+, explains that one of the “Active Deterrent” lighting placements is positioned over a loading dock at the school where there is public access.
Ultimately, A+ Technology will be upgrading the remaining 37 city schools to this new standard.
The Bridgeport School District has a full time staff of security personnel that is managed by the Police Department. They are in charge of monitoring the video footage from the schools in an office at the facilities where their command center is right now. Within the next year, a centralized “Security Operations Center” (SOC) Command Center will be completed at which C3fusion software, from IPVideo Corporation, will be used to pull everything together. C3fusion is a Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution that integrates disparate security sub-systems into a Common Operating Picture (COP), and then filters and prioritizes the data to enable security personnel to make informed decision with complete situational awareness. C3fusion provides an operator with the ability to take control of a security event, efficiently resolve the incident, and then automatically archive the incident in a common database for later review or forensic analysis. These processes are handled through the CaseMaker and CaseExplorer, two applications embedded within C3fusion, that provide user-friendly, step-by-step guidance in managing, documenting and storing complex, multi-tiered security events and bundling them into comprehensive “cases” for future searchable access and forensic use.
Award Winning Installations:
The Bridgeport city-wide installation was recognized by the 2014 Security Innovation Award – Municipal Sector. This honor was awarded to A+ Technolgoy & Security Solutions, as the lead integrator on the project, as well as to the participating vendors, including IPVideo Corporation, Isonas, Axis Communications, Sisco Corporation, Totus Solutions, EnGenius, Alcatel-Lucent and Milestone Systems.
"I’m a father of four kids who were born and raised in Bridgeport. And I’m proud to say that our city is safer and stronger today than any other time that I can remember,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Thanks to our partnership with A+ Technology & Security Solutions, we are using state-of-the-art technology to ensure the safety of kids and families in our parks and schools.”
Adikes said, “IPVideo Solutions were the right choice for this project for many reasons, including its intuitive interface and cost effectiveness. Also, SentryVMS only requires one license for the duration of its lifetime, unlike many other VMS solutions.” He added, “Bridgeport’s Security Operations Center (SOC), which is where C3fusion will be implemented, and offers the ability to monitor locations across the city, in addition to the schools. Plus, it will tie in many different solutions that are in use, including Milestone.”