The Avigilon system installed at Addison Town assures a reliable, high-performance surveillance solution Blending the diversity of a big city with the charm of a small town, Addison, Texas is one of the Dallas area’s most popular destinations, offering more than 170 restaurants, 22 hotels, and 118 parks, all within an area of four square miles. With just 13,000 residents, Addison boasts a business and daytime population of more than 100,000 people looking for lodging, dining, and shopping opportunities. Driven to provide superior services, an enhanced sense of community, and a safe, high-quality living experience for residents and visitors alike, the Town of Addison has invested in the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to protect people and property against theft, vandalism, and injury. Monitoring key areas With an outdated surveillance system that was difficult to manage and Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras that were unreliable, the Town of Addison decided to upgrade to a more advanced and user-friendly surveillance system that could deliver excellent image clarity and better performance. “Many of our PTZ cameras were failing and the OnSSI software was complicated and cumbersome, making it difficult to effectively monitor key areas across town,” explained Chad Hancock, network specialist at the Town of Addison. After looking at several options, the Town of Addison selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system based on the recommendation of Convergint Technologies, a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and support. “The Town of Addison specified ease-of-use, performance, and affordability as key system requirements,” explained Phil Kertz, sales manager at Convergint Technologies, LLC. “We recommended the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system because we knew it would effectively meet the Town’s current and future needs.” Reliable surveillance solution Addison is committed to providing friendly, personal, and considerate service to all residents and visitors. With a first-class athletic club, acclaimed theatre, state-of-the-art conference centre, and beautiful park in the heart of town where special events are held 29 weekends of the year, Addison offers a unique – and welcoming – community experience. At the 150,000 square-foot Athletic Club, 33 Avigilon HD 1 MP, 2 MP, and 5 MP cameras monitor the entrances, swimming pools, racquetball courts, gymnasium, surrounding parking lots and outdoor areas. Twenty-six Avigilon HD 1 MP and 8 MP 180° JPEG2000 HD Pano Dome cameras monitor key areas across the 44,000 square-foot Conference and Theatre Centre, and 33 Avigilon HD 3 MP cameras were installed at the 20-acre Addison Circle Park, with another 18 portable Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras added during large events. “Avigilon offers a very impressive surveillance solution supported by a responsive team of experts for greater overall reliability” The Town manages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system using the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software and stores up to 30 days of continuous surveillance video at the Athletic Club and Conference and Theatre Centre and 90 days of footage at Addison Circle Park on four Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs.) “Avigilon offers a very impressive surveillance solution supported by a responsive team of experts for greater overall reliability,” noted Hancock. “We are very pleased to be working with Avigilon.” Faster search and export time The Town’s previous surveillance system was very slow, making it difficult to search, playback, and retrieve video in a timely fashion. “It was critical that the new surveillance system be easy to manage with advanced search and playback features to expedite the investigation process,” said Hancock, who also wanted a faster way to export recorded video to share with key stakeholders. Before, the process of exporting video would bog down the Town’s server, which was both frustrating and counter-productive. Avigilon’s use of image compression technologies has dramatically reduced bandwidth and storage requirements as well, leading to even faster search times. “With Avigilon, the ease of searching and exporting recorded video is unmatched.” Effective liability protection The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system plays a key role in protecting the Town from a liability standpoint – particularly at the Addison Athletic Club, where members may suffer injury or fall victim to theft or assault. “We’ve witnessed the occasional fight at the gym – particularly on the basketball court – and a few instances of theft in the parking lot,” explained Hancock. Theft can be a problem at the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre as well, where the facility has also experienced vandalism. “The exceptional image clarity and zooming capabilities of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, combined with the advanced search and playback features of the ACC software, make it much easier to identify perpetrators and resolve incidents quickly and accurately.” As a result, the Town can better protect itself against false liability claims and save costly payouts. “The Avigilon cameras not only provide a vast field of coverage, they were also designed to handle the elements, providing greater reliability in all weather conditions” “Liability protection is an important requirement at special events as well, where there is almost always a disturbance of some sort that needs to be investigated after the fact,” claimed Hancock. To effectively manage these large crowds, the Town is required to store video of all special events for one year in case a liability claim is filed. “It is absolutely crucial that we be able to effectively search through reliable and high-quality video to correctly identify individuals involved and quickly share with the local police for further investigation.” High performance at a low cost With the Avigilon system installed at Addison Circle Park, the Town can also be assured a reliable, high-performance surveillance solution at all times of the day and night and in all conditions. “Our old PTZ cameras failed regularly because they could not withstand the weather,” noted Hancock. “The Avigilon cameras not only provide a vast field of coverage, they were also designed to handle the elements, providing greater reliability in all weather conditions.” As a small municipality, cost was also a key consideration for Addison. “Delivering the performance we need at a price we could afford combined with lower maintenance and support costs, Avigilon is an incredibly cost-effective solution,” concluded Hancock. “With the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system installed at key facilities across town, we can confidently deliver a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable “small town” experience to all our residents and visitors.”
Convergint adds Open Options access control line to global security integration offerings Open Options, a leading provider of innovative access control solutions, has executed a global dealer agreement with international security systems integrator Convergint Technologies. The new partnership will allow Convergint to add Open Options access control software and supporting products to its extensive line of security integration offerings, expanding both Open Options’ North American and international reach. Based outside of Chicago, Convergint is a service-based global integrator of electronic security, fire alarm, life safety, healthcare technologies, communication, and building automation with a diverse group of vertical markets served. Because Open Options and Convergint promote an open architecture approach in delivering security solutions “it’s a very strong collaboration,” said Open Options Vice President and General Manager Jonathan Berman. Open Options and Convergint collaboration “Open Options was among the first to embrace true open architecture in an industry that offered proprietary, closed systems that trapped users into an expensive and limited model. Convergint has long emphasised that choosing a non-proprietary security solution is paramount as it enables customers to avoid sole source dependency while ensuring long-term system flexibility and maintaining cost-effectiveness,” said Berman. Open Options’ DNA Fusion access control software has a very deep integration portfolio with leading suppliers of video surveillance, intelligent locks, and cards and alarm hardware, which will compliment Convergint's product offerings, said Convergint General Manager Phil Kertz. “We are very excited about our partnership with Open Options and feel our cultures are very similar,” said Kertz. “One of Convergint’s core values and beliefs is to ‘Be Our Customer’s Best Service Provider’ and from what we have seen from Open Options is we both place a very high emphasis on customer service. Working together with Open Options’ support teams we can expand our horizons and obtain our goals of having happy customers.” Open Options visit to Convergint office To kick off the partnership, Open Options representatives visited the Convergint teams from Dallas, Oklahoma, and Kansas at the Convergint office in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this week. Reps demonstrated the Open Options product line headlined by DNA Fusion — the most feature-rich, IT-centric access control solution available offering One Source/One Touch Control that combines the best in open architecture access, video, data, and audio security.