Although HD images are larger and would naturally take more bandwidth, and possibly clog up the IT infrastructure, there have been advancements in the handling of IP-based data streams. Unique data routing protocols and advanced codecs, like H.264, are able to compress the video and audio for transmission with significantly less bandwidth burden.
In addition to the new cameras, the integrator also removed the legacy analog video matrix that provided live video and control of the existing analog p/t/z cameras and replaced it with the latest Pelco Endura 2.0 VMS. The change was made to allow full virtual matrix capabilities (a primary goal) as well as analog p/t/z control in a complete network environment.
The upgrade provided a seamless migration to the new system while allowing security staff to maintain full control on the existing legacy analog cameras; more importantly, it created the platform that would allow the addition of new HD IP cameras.
Higher Storage, Display Demands Met
As part of the upgrade, the Black Oak Casino Resort’s technical personnel also had to consider how the IP-based HD video would impact storage of the surveillance footage. In the phased migration, new Pelco 36TB network storage managers were installed to replace the legacy NVRs.
“By replacing the existing storage with a new NSM5200-36 network storage manager, we allowed existing MPEG4-encoded video streams from analog cameras in the system to be recorded on the same platform as the new high-definition cameras that stream using the more efficient H.264 protocol,” says Flowers. “In addition, we could also eliminate single points of failure so that the system could operate without interruption, and allow the recording of multicast data streams.”
“We didn’t stop with just the cameras, storage and VMS,” Foster adds. “We felt a true upgrade wouldn’t be complete without enhancing our surveillance room, too.”
The surveillance room was upgraded with a new video wall that included 20 46-inch and three 24-inch LED monitors, as well as a single 70-inch display. The video wall monitors are driven by Pelco NET5402R-HD video decoders. Seven security operators have a VCD5202 video console display and KBD5000 Series keyboard to view live and recorded video at each desk.
The integrator also provided additional video console displays, Endura workstations and monitors for personnel outside the surveillance room as part of the upgrade to a full virtual matrix.
Designing Advanced Network Capabilities
To assure smooth and robust network functionality, Surveillance Systems Integration chose Avaya’s Fabric Connect technology and virtual services platform. Fabric Connect is designed to combine the best of Ethernet and the best of IP technology to enable the deployment of layer 2 and layer 3 virtualized services with optimized routing and multicast.
The solution included a fully redundant 10GB mesh network connecting the virtual services platforms. This simple-to-deploy network provides full system capability and easy expansion opportunities.
“In order to properly deal with the tremendous amount of network traffic on this state-of-the-art IP video system and help the property realize the full potential of their video surveillance equipment, we chose Avaya Fabric Connect technology built on IEEE and IETF SPB protocol,” says Flowers. “This standards-based solution eliminates the complexity and limitations of traditional network offerings, and offered us the flexibility we needed to complete the full virtual matrix and accomplish the goals initially presented to us by the customer.”
“Despite the challenges that we knew the upgrades would present, we were extremely pleased with the advanced awareness of retrofit needs and knowledge of new technologies, not to mention the professional way that Surveillance Systems Integration exceeded our expectations in their service,” says the end user. “The team, including Avaya, really stepped up to the plate and helped us to finish the project in the allotted time and to our satisfaction.”
In concluding the current project, Foster had one last thing to say: “We are proud of all the work our surveillance and security staff members do, and we know that technology plays a big part in it.”
“While security surveillance is usually recognized as the dome cameras you see in businesses, these systems go well beyond the walls of the facility and are critical in helping us provide our guests with a safe and consistent experience while they are at our property,” he says. “It took a ‘power team’ to produce a power system and I am very proud of the end result!”