Last week we talked about how the “Internet of Things” network-centric philosophy has allowed us to move beyond just being able to record and track situations. Disparate systems can now “talk” to each other, generating intelligent responses to real world situations.
An example of this is what is taking place in several schools within the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Three of those schools were chosen to install fully integrated IP-based security that combined IPVideo’s SentryVMS video management systems with ISONAS IP-to-the-door access control.
Isonas IP-based card readers replaced the older mag locks on the doors. Sisco’s Fast-Pass Visitor Management system was installed for secure, yet convenient, visitor management. And, Totus lighting with built-in Axis 360 degree IP based cameras has been programmed and installed at various entrances. “Active Deterrent” lighting placements were positioned over loading docks at the schools where there is public access.
Video is viewed, managed and recorded using SentryVMS Edge NVRs, located at each school. Sentry VMS provides administrators with an easy-to-use interface and 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.
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.
In November, a centralized “Security Operations Center” (SOC) Command Center was 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 within C3fusion, providing 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.
Just another case of a “Internet of Things” network-centric philosophy allowing disparate systems to “talk” to each other to generate intelligent responses to real world situations.