Avigilon, the performance and value leader in HD and megapixel video surveillance systems, announced that the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) has deployed its HD surveillance system at 268,000 square-foot detention center to improve security and deliver indisputable evidence for faster conflict resolution and greater investigative success. With the Avigilon HD surveillance system installed, the OCSO saves more than US$10 million annually in personnel costs and reduces the incidents of false liability claims for further cost savings.
"One of the greatest advantages of the Avigilon HD surveillance system is that it delivers real, useable proof to help resolve conflicts between inmates or refute false claims of negligence or use of excessive force," said Captain David Baisden. "With the Avigilon HD surveillance System in place, the first question we ask is whether we have video of an incident or not. With our previous analog-based surveillance system, checking footage was the third or fourth step in the investigative process."
Officers and administrators manage the Avigilon HD surveillance system using Avigilon control center network VMS with HD stream management and have installed 138 Avigilon HD cameras ranging from 1 to 5 megapixels throughout the facility. OCSO has also installed four analog video encoders to dramatically improve the performance of its existing 16 analog cameras and store up to 90 days of continuous surveillance video. A rotating staff of 20 officers monitors the HD surveillance system around-the-clock from the central control room that houses 12 monitors and two workstations.
The HD surveillance system delivers complete awareness in all prison areas without requiring a security guard for each cell pod, savings more than $10 million annually. Avigilon control center software enables quick and cost-effective installation, reduces training time, and lowers maintenance costs. The OCSO can also cut investigation times from days to seconds. With the surveillance system in place, the OCSO can also now provide clear, irrefutable evidence to the District Attorney's office, which they were not able to do with its previous analog-based system. In addition, the OCSO can now respond more quickly to incidents to resolve conflicts and improve overall safety. Finally, the OCSO can defend itself again false claims of officer negligence or use of excessive force to reduce associated liability costs.