March Networks, a provider of IP video solutions, announced that the Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District in Columbia County, Oregon, has standardized on a March Networks video surveillance solution to secure the communications infrastructure it relies on to coordinate fire, police and paramedic response services. The solution enables the 9-1-1 district to focus on its public safety mandate by reducing the resources needed to protect and maintain its remote sites. It also helps ensure the integrity of the network vital to the management of approximately 80,000 emergency calls annually.
From its central call and dispatch center in St. Helens, Columbia 9-1-1 uses the solution to remotely monitor multiple radio towers located throughout a 680-square-mile radius. Live video from surveillance cameras and March Networks NVRs located at each site is streamed via the district's existing microwave radio network to St. Helens. The video is then displayed on both overhead monitors and dispatchers' computers using March Networks' management software and Edge Decode Station. Staff can easily review or download recorded video evidence over the network.
“We are seeing increased demand from state and local governments for integrated solutions that enhance infrastructure security and support communications and emergency response,” said Peter Strom, President and CEO, March Networks. “In response, we continue to deliver IP video solutions optimized for network efficiency and provide end-to-end interoperability working with telecommunications companies as a founding member of the Secure City Technology Alliance.”
Columbia 9-1-1 engaged its security and IT providers, as well as its systems integrator Huser Integrated Technologies of Portland, to identify the best video solution for its requirements. Huser, a March Networks-certified solution provider, referred the district to several customers who, in turn, recommended March Networks.
“We are happy with the March Networks solution,” said Steve Watson, Systems and Facilities Specialist with Columbia 9-1-1. “Our priority goal is to operate in every emergency situation and March Networks solution enables us to do that. “