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November 2010

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OnSSI’s Video Surveillance Management and Control Solution Takes Security to a Higher Level

Los Angeles, California-based Stephen S. Wise Temple & Schools recently implemented a multifaceted security and video surveillance system to ensure the safety of facilities, members, students, faculty, and staff. A major component of the system is the NetDVMS Video Surveillance Management and Control Solution from OnSSI, which manages networked video from cameras located throughout the facilities and integrates with the institution’s physical security information system.

“Part of the beauty of the NetDVMS system from OnSSI is its ability to integrate with multiple systems,” said David Lam, chief information security officer for Stephen S. Wise Temple & Schools. “It is a very open system. We had no problem integrating analytics, and we can switch cameras whenever we want to. It is an open solution and works with products with which we need it to work.”

Stephen S. Wise Temple & Schools in Los Angeles is one of the largest Reform Jewish congregations in the United States, with more than 3,000 member families and close to 1,700 children in its schools. The temple encompasses an early childhood center, an elementary school, a religious school, the David Saperstein Middle School, and the Milken Community High School. A 24-hour security operations center maintains watch over the temple and its various campuses, thanks in part to OnSSI’s video system.

Working with system integrator Antropy Inc. of Chatsworth, California, the temple security team evaluated three different Internet Protocol camera management systems. OnSSI’s NetDVMS solution was selected based on its lower total cost of ownership, conformity with information technology best practices, compatibility, and simplicity of installation and operation.

Stephen S. Wise Temple & Schools run NetDVMS software on two servers with 16 terabytes of video storage assigned to the OnSSI system. Ten cameras run on a virtual server and another 54 cameras run on hardware servers. The cameras are a mix of domes, “box” cameras, and pan-tilt-zoom cameras, all of which are managed by OnSSI’s NetDVMS system.

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PlantCML NG9-1-1 Solution Is First in Service on ESInet for Washington State’s 9-1-1 Centers

PlantCML, an EADS North America company, continues to provide quality emergency communications technology with its commitment to the progression of the next generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1). Together with the state of Washington, PlantCML is providing interoperability with an NG9-1-1 network using the VESTA CS1000 call-processing platform.

Installed in some of North America’s most progressive call centers, the VESTA CS1000 solution is a server-based, full-featured Internet Protocol (IP) Private Branch Exchange. It features sophisticated call routing, automatic call distribution, and enhanced administrative capabilities. Delivering world-class reliability, the VESTA CS1000 solution provides architectural elements and extensive redundancy mechanisms, including campus and geographic redundancy, to ensure network uptime. Its simple yet scalable design enables mission-critical call centers to deploy this solution today and evolves into a more dynamic solution as future needs emerge, which is the strategy of Washington State.

The state of Washington is one of the first to replace the existing analog E9-1-1 network with a solution that will route 9-1-1 calls through a state-run Emergency Services IP network (ESInet).

The goals for the network are to improve call setup time and increase the speed at which voice and data arrive at the public safety answering point (PSAP), thereby saving lives. This privately managed IP network will replace the three existing service providers’ analog networks and provide call load and host equipment sharing through equipment centralization. This centralization will allow individuals to retain local control over how 9-1-1 calls are handled, while minimizing the associated costs.

“It’s a great accomplishment for the Washington State E9-1-1 program to lead the way in transitioning to the NG9-1-1 within the 39 counties handling emergency calls for their respective jurisdictions,” said Jim Barber, communication manager for Benton County’s Southeast Communication Center (SECOMM) in Wichland, Washington.

A PlantCML customer since 1998, SECOMM is one of the first PSAPs in Washington State to connect to the new ESInet. The PSAP is equipped with PlantCML’s VESTA call-processing solution and handled more than 363,560 calls during its last reporting period.

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Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and NEC Implement Integra-ID to Help Solve Crimes

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a provider and integrator of advanced communications and technology solutions, announces that it has successfully deployed its next-generation Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Integra-ID solution in the Cherokee County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office (CSO) to solve crimes faster and help remove criminals from the street.

CSO is a full-service law enforcement agency approximately 45 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, serving a community of more than 190,000 people. Up until a year ago, this agency was in operation without a dedicated AFIS system, hindering CSO’s ability to thoroughly and efficiently investigate cases.

“When conducting criminal investigations, time is of the essence—the faster we can identify suspects, the quicker we can successfully solve cases,” said CSO Captain Hubert Love. “Prior to deploying NEC’s Integra-ID, if we had a latent print that needed to be searched against the state AFIS database, it required hours of driving to an AFIS workstation and requesting another agency to perform the search. Critical time was lost, and we recognized the need for a better procedure.”

CSO found exactly what it needed with NEC’s Integra-ID solution.

“We knew that NEC’s AFIS delivers the best speed and accuracy when it comes to biometrics and matching,” said Love. “Possessing these features in the fingerprint and palm print record retrieval process is extremely important and has a direct, positive effect on public safety.” ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 11, November 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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