The Beaver County 911 Center, located about 10 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport, opened in early 2010 as one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the U.S. The 18,000 square-foot, US$18 million project was centered around an upgrade in technology and Pelco was at the core of the upgrade.
The Pelco platform was chosen for its flexibility in supporting analog systems as well as network and megapixel cameras. The 911 center's surveillance needs are met using eight 3-megapixel cameras for exterior views and 25 analog cameras for interior views.
The compatibility allows emergency personnel to access camera systems at other sites, such as bridges, schools, colleges, malls and apartment complexes. The use of the Pelco viewing client makes it possible for the 911 center to view video feed from any cameras in the community on its internal cable TV system.
“The capability of plugging into other systems, that's going to be the thing of the future,” said Wes Hill, Director of Beaver County Emergency Services. “It will be the way of the future for 911 centers, not to be monitoring, but if there's an incident, to get information for responders.”