Knight Security Systems, a security systems integrator, has completed Group I and II of its contract with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to install cameras and centralized security management at its 12 state-supported living centers located across the state.
Group I of the project and was completed in July and included 130 buildings at four DADS facilities in Mexia, San Angelo, Denton and San Antonio. Group II was complete in early October and included 114 buildings at four facilities in El Paso, Abilene, Lubbock and Lufkin. Work on Group III began in mid August and includes 92 buildings at four facilities in Austin, Brenham, Richmond and Harlingen (Rio Grande campus).
The entire project includes nearly 35 miles of fiber cabling and a network of more than 3,000 HD video cameras in 336 buildings across the state.
“Our standardized and modular design method simplifies the system deployment while providing a scalable solution to support the long-term needs of DADS,” said Christopher Hugman, VP and Executive PM, Knight Security Systems. “By standardizing each component of the system from video cameras, network switches, power backups and management systems, we were able to pre-engineer each system by building and campus, providing cost and time savings while deploying a system configuration. Because we did our homework and planning we were able to complete the first group on time and were able to avoid unexpected issues.”
Installation and onsite maintenance are less intrusive and safety and security are enhanced via centralized monitoring and control.
The Texas DADS project was implemented through the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) purchasing process. Knight is a licensed DIR vendor and is also licensed by the Texas DPS Private Security Bureau.
KST Electric, a full-service electrical, data and communication contracting company based in Manor, Texas, is a major partner on the project and has managed the installation of the nearly 35 miles of fiber optic cable and all interior network cabling for the system infrastructure.