Axis cams are securing the water and wastewater in St. Cloud, Fla.‚-and helping with day-to-day operations Network multipixel PTZ cameras aren’t just for security- related surveillance. Down in St. Cloud, Fla., for example, the water and wastewater treatment plants are using cameras from Axis Communications for operational purposes such as reading metering equipment, checking water levels and monitoring hazardous chemical deliveries.
Of course, the cameras also discourage vandalism or sabotage and improve safety. The network cameras are part of an integrated alarm system, in which certain events can trigger alarms to improve operational efficiencies and alert operators of security incidents.
The city’s video surveillance project was originally designed for analog cameras. But after a project analysis with security integrator SiteSecure Inc., the city realized it could obtain superior monitoring and better fault-tolerance with fiber-optic IP-based system in a redundant ring configuration. Future on-camera analytics capabilities with third-party developers also allowed for a reduction in the number of cameras and wiring infrastructure required to cover these facilities.
So, starting in 2008, St. Cloud deployed AXIS 233D network PTZ, AXIS 221 fixed network and AXIS 223 network megapixel fixed cameras at numerous locations throughout the town to protect against intruders and remotely manage operations. SiteSecure also chose Genetec’s Omnicast video management system and four Dell servers with a mixture of on-board and attached storage.
In all, Axis network cameras have been installed at a new water treatment plant, a wastewater treatment facility and a water repump station. And, SiteSecure has begun installing Axis video encoders at other sites throughout the city where analog equipment is currently being used to provide IP capabilities during a transition phase. Eventually, analog equipment at city hall, the senior center, evacuation center, marina and the police station will be replaced with network cameras from Axis.
“Axis network cameras provide higher video quality and increased reliability and redundancy, while providing faster access to archived material,” said Bud Peck, CAD/GIS analyst for the city. “Its encoders enable us to gain many of the benefits of IP systems today without having to immediately install a new system citywide. All told, we have obtained huge operational improvements at a significant cost savings with the new network camera solution.”