Axis Monitors Florida Water and Wastewater Plants

Axis Communications, a provider for network video market, announced that the City of St. Cloud, Florida, has deployed Axis network cameras at its water and wastewater plants as a first step in modernizing its existing analog video surveillance capabilities.

St. Cloud's recent video surveillance project for the water and wastewater treatment plants was originally designed for analog cameras. However, after completing an ROI project analysis with security integrator SiteSecure, it was determined that St. Cloud could obtain superior monitoring capabilities and better fault-tolerance by implementing a fiber-optics IP-based system in a redundant ring configuration. Future on-camera analytics capabilities with third-party developers also allowed for a significant reduction in the number of cameras required to cover these facilities. In fact, the cost savings realized by purchasing fewer cameras combined with the minimal infrastructure wiring required and ability to remotely monitor the IP video allowed St. Cloud to essentially pay for the new network camera implementation.

Beginning in 2008, St. Cloud deployed Axis network PTZ , fixed network and network megapixel fixed cameras at numerous locations throughout the town to protect against intruders and remotely manage operations. In conjunction with selecting Axis fixed network cameras, SiteSecure also chose Genetec's Omnicast video management system and four Dell servers with a mixture of onboard and attached storage.

To date, Axis network cameras have been installed at a new water treatment plant, a wastewater treatment facility and a water repump station. Moreover, SiteSecure has begun installing Axis video encoders at other sites throughout the city where analog equipment is currently being used to provide IP capabilities during a transition phase. Eventually, analog equipment at city hall, the senior center, evacuation center, marina and the police station will be replaced with network cameras from Axis.

In addition to discouraging vandalism and improving safety, St. Cloud will be leveraging the superior optical zoom and megapixel capabilities of Axis network cameras not only for capturing forensic evidence, but also for operational purposes such as reading metering equipment, checking water levels and monitoring hazardous chemical deliveries. The network cameras are part of an integrated alarm system, in which certain events can trigger alarms to improve operational efficiencies and alert operators of security incidents.

"Axis network cameras provide higher video quality and increased reliability and redundancy, while providing faster access to archived material. Its encoders enable us to gain many of the benefits of IP systems today without having to immediately install a new system citywide. All told, we have obtained huge operational improvements at a significant cost savings with the new network camera solution," said Bud Peck, CAD/GIS analyst for the city.

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