Rainbow Surveillance Cameras Displayed at Chicago Convention Center

HD vandal-resistant color dome cameras from Rainbow CCTV are being used at a convention center in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago.

The 550-TVL units have a 4- to 9-mm lens and are protected from attack by a tough aluminium housing and polycarbonate dome. 350 cameras have been installed by local integrator Omni-1 Electronics, with the principal aim of the surveillance being to promote visitor and delegate safety at the convention center which is to the north west of Chicago in the metropolitan area's “Golden Corridor.”

The distributor, who has been active in the project at every stage, is Windy City Wire. “This is a major hub for trade shows and management wanted to make optimum use of surveillance,” said John Callahan of Windy City. “We were able to liaise closely with Omni-1 Electronics who work throughout the convention center and the Rosemont airport village area. An initial consideration was the ‘IP or analog' debate and we recommended this DC auto-iris model.”

The cameras give visitors and staff reassurance in public areas and walkways as well as guarding against theft from parking garages. Footage is transmitted to a recording bay of up to 30 digital recorders and compression algorithms allow remote monitoring by the center's management as well as civic authorities.

The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center features 840,000 square feet of exhibition space for trade fairs and public shows. A sky bridge connects the convention center to three hotels. The facility was renamed to honor Donald E. Stephens, an Illinois Republican politician, who founded the village of Rosemont in the 1950s and served as its mayor for half a century.
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