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IDIS Quality Enhances Awareness and Capability for Texas Community

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Background<\/p>\n

Texas city in need of quality and reliability\nin surveillance system<\/p>\n

\nInitially settled in the 1840s, the City of Coppell has grown to a mid-size Dallas suburb of over 40,000 residents. With dozens of parks, public facilities, and over 7 miles of trails to maintain and protect, the City of Coppell has a strong need for a robust and reliable video surveillance system.

\nFor the third year in a row Coppell earned the top spot in the mid-sized city category of the \u2018It\u2019s Time Texas\u2019 Community Challenge, a program that encourages Texas communities to compete over the ability to demonstrator the greatest commitment to healthy living. Nationally, the City of Coppell has ranked as one of the best places to live, one of the best places to be a kid, and shown a top 3 commitment to community safety through their participation in National Night Out. Coppell has also been ranked as one of the best places to find a job in Texas. Such accolades necessitate a posture of safety and security to continue to attract growth and continued community development. A manageable and effective video surveillance system is a key factor.\n<\/p>\n
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Challenges<\/p>\n

Disparate and outdated solutions meant unreliable surveillance<\/p>\n

\nThe city\u2019s surveillance systems consisted of a mixed bag of disparate systems scattered around the city. In addition to the complexities of managing and maintaining such a patchwork system, antiquated hardware added additional challenges. Many of the cameras used throughout the city and their corresponding systems where no longer supported, and in some cases, were no longer functioning. This non-functioning equipment meant the city didn\u2019t always have the coverage they wanted or needed leaving gaps in their footage and data collection.\n<\/p>\n
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Solution<\/p>\n

Seemless integration for reliable video\nsurveillance<\/p>\n

\nThe city\u2019s various VMS were all brought together under one view, so all systems and information is accessible from a single location. Numerous outdated and non-functioning cameras were replaced with the latest IDIS cameras, providing a reliable and relatively seamless integration with the VMS systems used, complemented with technologies including License Plate Recognition (LPR) to maximize situational awareness.\n<\/p>\n
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\nThis deployment of next-generation technology, with IDIS cameras as the tip of the spear, as part of a newly robust video surveillance solution, increases the ability to mitigate risks, as well as see, understand, and react to incidents quicker and more comprehensively. Improved technology, and the full integration of IDIS cameras within the enhanced solution facilitates better, faster, clearer image capture and review. This increases not only law enforcement capability in Coppell, but creates both immediate benefit and increased potential for how the newer, more integrated system can be leveraged to support even more requirements. The new solution allows public safety and law enforcement to use IDIS footage and the full complement of integrated features and technologies available to them to better assemble a picture, gather evidence, and ultimately make the City of Coppell a safer place.<\/p>","

Results and Benefits<\/p>\n

Latest generation surveillance technology delivering\nperformance and potential<\/p>\n

\nBefore the system, they had several major crimes (armed robberies) committed in public areas but upon investigation, found that they had no camera footage. Since the new cameras and systems were brought online, they have had at least two incidents that were caught on video. The new system has also been used for a number of other investigative actions around the city. Albert Gauthier, Chief Information Officer of the City of Coppel, remarked that \u201d[the system] has already played a key role in multiple crime investigations.\u201d During the opening of the city\u2019s two largest parks, which were closed for renovations, the system was used extensively to ensure the safety and security of the 25,000 people in attendance.\n<\/p>\n
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\n\"<\/span>\n We are delighted with the new cameras and systems. We got what we expected and we hope to get a lot more out of the system as we finish this multi-phase project. Currently, we are only using a small fraction of the capabilities available to us, but see multiple avenues for improving the efficiency of investigations through automation. There is a bit of learning curve integrating all of these technologies, but we have already gotten value out of the system, even before its complete and fully operational. <\/span>\"<\/span>

\nAlbert Gauthier
Chief Information Officer, City of Coppell<\/i><\/span>\n<\/p>\n"]

2018-01-08 / 1MB

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IDIS secures iconic London community

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Background<\/p>\n

Historic homes for upscale urban life<\/p>\n

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\nOne of the UK\u2019s most exclusive residential developments, the Bow Quarter is a gated community with 19 townhouses and 714 apartments spread across seven separate buildings. Many of the historic, Grade II listed buildings were part of the famous Bryant\n& May match factory, which was transformed in one of East London\u2019s first major urban renewal projects in the late 1980s. Set in seven acres, the site offers upscale city living within one of London\u2018s largest communal gardens. Most of the accommodation is housed in former factory and office buildings and these, together with all the estate facilities, form the factory estate. Amenities include a residents\u2018 gym, bar and restaurant, convenience store and private parking. Leaseholders are part a unique ownership structure, with a residents\u2019 association. The estate is run by Little Apple Holdings (LAH).\n<\/p>","

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High security for high-quality living<\/p>\n

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\nWhen the management team wanted to significantly upgrade estate security on behalf of the residents\u2019 association, it put the bid to competitive tender with very clear specifications.\nThe requirement was for a fibre network to support an integrated IP solution with the futureproof capability to run a range of technologies, including HD surveillance, access control, ANPR and biometrics. A major challenge would be to install high-tech equipment while ensuring full compliance with Grade II listed building requirements. This greatly restricted options on where to run cables and fit equipment while delivering the visibility range and quality required. The solution had to be extremely resilient, with the flexibility to easily zone in on specific areas \u2013 such as the private car parks. And it would need to be unobtrusive, to ensure the presence of a high-security system wouldn\u2019t compromise the relaxed ambience of the community.\n<\/p>\n","

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State-of-the-art HD surveillance<\/p>\n

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\nThe management team awarded the contract to expert security integrators, Fidelity Integrated Systems, to deliver a complete HD surveillance solution. Their customised design based on state-of-the-art IDIS equipment was the stand-out choice to deliver the ease of use, high-quality images and industry-leading resilience required, all from a single provider. Comprising hardware, software and peripherals from the IDIS DirectIP\u2122 suite, the solution includes 174 dome and bullet cameras, a mix of full HD network video recorders (NVRs) and licence-free IDIS Centre video management software. The innovative approach was designed to optimise fulfilment of the residents\u2019 current requirements while ensuring long-term scope to support access control, ANPR and new technologies as future needs evolve.\n<\/p>\n

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Results and Benefits<\/p>\n

Safeguarding complete peace of mind<\/p>\n

\nDiscreetly positioned cameras provide surveillance of the exterior of all buildings \u2013 including key approaches, car parks, the leisure centre and maintenance facilities \u2013 plus internal corridors, to offer residents complete peace of mind without compromising their quality of life.\n<\/p>\n

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\n\"<\/span> We take the safety, security and wellbeing of our residents extremely seriously. They need to know that their privacy, property and assets are in the safest possible hands, while also enjoying effortless, ease of access to, from and around the estate. That\u2019s why we had no hesitation in investing in the IDIS solution \u2013 it\u2019s at the heart of a first-class installation that combines technical excellence with the long-term potential we wanted. So far, the IDIS solution system has resulted in twelve arrests, eight of which have resulted in custodial sentences purely down to the quality of images. The police love the system as do Tower Hamlets Council. What\u2019s more, it\u2019s extremely easy to use and offers superb performance. <\/span>\"<\/span>

\nSteve Murray
Estate Manager, Little Apple Holdings<\/i><\/span>\n<\/p>\n\n"]

2017-12-20 / 886KB

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IDIS Delivers SB 507 Compliant Video Surveillance Solution for Texas School System

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Background<\/p>\n

Law requires wide surveillance coverage in some special education classrooms<\/p>\n

\nFollowing several high-profile incidents alleging abuse of special needs students (including some non-communicative students), and the activism of a number of parent groups in the state of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas Senate Bill 507, requiring districts to install audio and video surveillance equipment into select special education classrooms when requested.

\nThe law requires the installation of cameras and recorders in classrooms meeting certain criteria\u2014if and when a parent, school board member, or school staff requests them from the 2016-2017 school year forward. Surveillance must cover all areas in a classroom, with bathrooms and changing areas excepted, and recorded footage must be retained for a minimum of six months. Many Texas school districts have begun the work of bringing relevant educational spaces into compliance with the law, including the Edna Independent School District.\n<\/p>\n

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Challenges<\/p>\n

Highest quality surveillance within limited budgetary constraints<\/p>\n

Significantly, SB 507 was not accompanied by additional funding for implementation. It required school districts to cover the cost of surveillance purchases and installation from existing funds, donations, or other alternate funding strategies.\nThis expands the requirement for school districts such as Edna ISD, beyond the simple purchase and installation of new surveillance solutions, to include the identification of surveillance solutions able to provide maximum quality with a low total cost of ownership and to be as responsive as possible to the law, student needs, and existing budgetary requirements.

\nOfferings that feature combinations of technical and cost effective benefits have proven a strong fit for school districts, including Edna ISD, looking to meet SB 507 requirements without sacrificing quality for cost, something that is important to institutions such as public schools, charged with both optimal execution of their core educational mission and careful stewardship of public funds.\n<\/p>\n","

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Fully scalable solution of feature-rich technology with one of the lowest total costs of ownership in the industry<\/p>\n

Carefully considering Edna ISD\u2019s requirements for a highest-quality surveillance solution, capable of audio recording and coverage in compliance with the law, along with their need for a fiscally responsible solution that minimized total cost of ownership, while maximizing value, PSX recommended the IDIS Total Solution\u2019s DirectIP\u2122 line. The IDIS Total Solution has a selection of affordable, highest-quality options for school districts, easily scaled to meet any classroom size, configuration, or budget.

\nThe IDIS solution crafted by PSX, Inc. meets Edna ISD\u2019s SB 507 compliance requirements with a custom configuration of IDIS cameras and recorders for multiple classrooms and sites. At the heart of the solution is the IDIS DirectIP Super Fisheye Camera, which features breakthrough IDIS technology recognized by the industry for solving common concerns found with many other\nfisheye models.

\nThe IDIS Super Fisheye offers unparalleled client, camera, and mobile dewarping for a clearer picture and strongest possible assessment and documentation of incidents. It also features the company\u2019s award-winning IDIS Smart UX Controls (named a 2016 \u201cNew Product of the Year\u201d by Security Products magazine), which allow for agile real-time pointing and zooming in a simplified and smooth manner previously unheard of in the industry. Other IDIS benefits, including two-way communication and the powerful recording and storage technology the company is known for, make the solution an ideal one for Edna ISD\u2019s needs.\n<\/p>\n

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Results and Benefits<\/p>\n

Quality surveillance providing students a safe and secure learning environment<\/p>\n

The IDIS Total Solution, differentiated by its ease of installation and use as well as its lack of licensing and maintenance fees, has proven a strong fit for school districts, including Edna ISD. Alan Morris, Vice President of Sales for PSX, Inc., stated,\n\u201cWhile SB 507 compliance has proven a challenge for some school districts, Edna ISD has shown an uncompromising commitment to its special needs students through the selection of technology that provides easy real-time review of classroom behavior and provides the best, clearest evidence possible should an incident occur.\u201d\n<\/p>\n

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\n\"<\/span> In Edna ISD, the safety of our students, teachers, and staff is a key part of our educational mission. When those in our schools, and the families that love them, know their environment is safe and secure, the educational mission can thrive.\nWe have embraced the SB 507 requirements as yet another tool in ensuring an ideal learning environment for all, providing additional support and protection for our special needs population. We were committed to doing this with only the best technology the industry had to offer, while also remaining responsible to our taxpayers throughout the process. The IDIS combination of a fully scalable solution of next-generation technology with a lower total cost of ownership than typically seen in the industry made it the right choice for our needs. <\/span>\"<\/span>

\nRuston Raybon
Director of Technology, Edna ISD<\/i><\/span>\n<\/p>\n\n"]

2017-11-23 / 671KB

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