Case Studies

THE MALL AT SHORT HILLS

When The Mall At Short Hills (TMASH) sought a video surveillance solution to cover the 1.5 Million square foot upscale shopping center, MTS responded with a design and solution to provide a state of the art surveillance system within a fixed budget.  With only a small analog DVR system in place, MTS created an architecture and laid out a mall-wide gigabit network and strategically installed megapixel cameras throughout the two levels of the shopping center.

 

The challenges included the maturity of the technology of the time of design, the interoperability between the various technologies, the lack of true applicable standards, and the size of the mall and the need for a significantly high percentage coverage model. The other challenges included the sheer magnitude of the digital media that had to be captured, transported, aggregated, stored, and displayed. They presently write over 1 TByte of video per day!

 

The Solution:

  • Over 160 Cameras, 95% Megapixel
  • 200 TBytes of RAID6 Network Attached Storage
  • 300 Gbps of network switching
  • Seven (7) HP Servers supporting the ISS Securos VMS platform
  • Created a monitoring and response center for real-time monitoring, forensics, and evidence production
  • License Plate Recognition (LPR) on all vehicles entering the high security service areas
  • Webview module with an Apache Tomcat Server to provide full featured remote access via a browser
  • Full remote management of the system include SNMP on many of the cameras, all the switches and servers and VMS

 

The Benefits:

 

  • By creating a future-proof architecture first, the system at Short Hills Mall has remained state-of-the-art for over seven years
  • TMASH has been able to provide evidence on request to the local police to prosecute criminal activity
  • TMASH has been able to successful defend false claims of liability through high resolution video evidence
  • The mall surveillance system serves as a design blueprint for their other corporate properties

 

 

STONEBRIDGE OF MONTGOMERY



When Stonebridge of Montgomery, a Springpoint managed facility approached MTS to design and build a surveillance system for their facility in Skillman, New Jersey, MTS recognized the importance of what a surveillance system would be to the operations of their facility. Faced with the challenges of running an over 55 private facility that included a skilled nursing facility for dementia patients, assisted living facility, various style residencies, common area facilities and amenities, and a vast footprint that includes a golf course, MTS began by addressing the threats and vulnerabilities to the residents and patients, the employees, and the facilities themselves.

 

There were several non-operational existing surveillance systems in place that were assessed to understand their value to the final solution.

 

The Solution:

 

  • Approximately 100 IP megapixel cameras, both interior and exterior, that provide common area coverage, egress coverage, and critical area coverage.
  • A substantial percentage of the existing IP camera infrastructure was re-used saving significant funding.
  • System programming to easily identify where any active personnel are at various schedule points
  • A license plate reader system in place at the entrance to the facility to provide an inventory of egress.
  • Remote browser-based, full feature access via an Apache webserver

 

The Benefits:

 

  • Stonebridge received a high quality system with extremely high system availability
  • The ability to manage flight-risk incidents with full egress coverage
  • A level of re-assurance was provided to both residents and staff
  • The ability to assist with managing staff operations

 

 

 

EAST BRUNSWICK NEW JERSEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

 



The East Brunswick, New Jersey, school district is one of the top educational school districts in the country. Consistent with their educational merits, they have the vision of a district-wide security system throughout the schools and district facilities. With disjointed, inoperative, and ineffective systems, East Brunswick Schools turned to MTS to develop a district security policy and implement a district-wide consistent, effective, and maintainable security system.

 

After assessing the installation, MTS made recommendations as to how to make the system operational, reliable, and effective. After restoring faith in their original investments, the district asked MTS to design and install additional schools and more comprehensive solutions.

 

Critical to success was the development of a Security Policy first, and then the design and implementation of security technology solutions.  Our emphasis on the policy resonated with the district and has yielded a highly effective and usable security solution. Additionally, our ability to work hand-in-hand with the district’s IT department ensured our solutions are consistent with IT policies and technologies.

 

The Solution:

 

  • District-wide, SecurOS digital surveillance system currently in eight schools, the BOE building, the Support Operations center, and will be in all twelve schools by end of this year. Currently, over 600 cameras with an estimated 850-900 cameras by year’s end
  • Combinations of analog and IP cameras – all IP are H.264 or MxPEG encoded planning to convert to 100% IP
  • Remote access for police and school personnel via Apache Server with Webview module
  • District-wide Facility Access Control System (FACS), utilizing ISONAS IP-based edge access control (completion this year)
  • District-wide Visitor Management System (VMS), utilizing LobbyGuard VMS solution (completion this year)
  • Remote monitoring, management, and maintenance by MTS via remote VPN connections

 

The Benefits:

 

  • By first developing a security policy, the technologies implemented are consistent school to school, are centrally managed, and centrally maintained.
  • The layers of technology (surveillance, FACS, VMS, etc.) work together to increase the ability to mitigate the threats and vulnerabilities the district faces.
  • A balance was struck between highly secure solutions and easy to use solutions, further increasing the ability for the systems to mitigate threats.

 

 

 

JERSEY SHORE (SEA ISLE CITY) SAfe community

 



The City of Sea Isle City first approached MTS with the need to design and install digital video surveillance at the City’s police HQ and Court facility. MTS responded with a classical surveillance covering critical police and court areas, inside and outside

 

With a better understanding of the value of digital surveillance from the original installation, the City chose to grow the system to cover key areas around the community including the recreation facility, beach tag office, key areas of the boardwalk, Public Works, and City Hall. Being an island along the Jersey Shore, the only way on or off was via bridges. MTS designed and installed a License Plate Recognition System on the main bridge that represented 90 % of the traffic on and off the island. The recognition system would process the video and cross check it to State and National criminal and motor vehicle databases. Positive matches alert the dispatcher via an audible voice and a snapshot of the vehicle appears on a separate screen.

 

In 2012 when Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the Jersey Shore, the City of Sea Isle City was not spared. With several feet of water engulfing the entire island at low tide, the evacuated citizens returned to a storm battered community. The Police Station and City Hall were severely impacted and were relocated to temporary facilities. MTS was tapped again to relocate surveillance from the police station and city hall to the temporary facility, restore the bridge LPR system and select components of the community wide surveillance.  Much of the existing system, including most of the cameras, was salvaged, cleaned-up, tested, and re-installed in the temporary headquarters allowing MTS to restore critical components of the system within a week at a low cost.

 

 

The Solution:

 

  • LPR with comparison to State and National databases
  • Several point to multipoint 5.2 GHz RF systems
  • Entire system remotely monitored, managed, and maintained by MTS via secure VPN links

 

The Benefits:

 

  • The high quality surveillance solution acts as a force multiplier for the Sea Isle City police department by permitting virtual patrols in key higher crime areas

 

 

 

 

CAPE MAY HOUSING AUTHORITY

 



The Cape May Housing Authority approached MTS to evaluate their surveillance requirements, in cooperation with the City of Cape May Police Department. MTS, who designed and installed the Cape May Police Department safe community surveillance system, created a solution for housing that was both standalone and worked with the police system.  MTS extended the police and city system to housing, segregating the two systems with controllable user rights, yet allowing police detectives access to the housing system both live and archived footage.

 

Due to the nature of the tenant/landlord relationship at housing, MTS had to develop a solution that did not penetrate tenant space, be vandal resistant, and provide the coverage needed. Through a series of near line of sight (NLOS) unlicensed band radios, MTS extended the police data network to the housing authority, with the necessary network firewalls and permissions in place, to allow the housing authority the ability to extend video surveillance into remote buildings without installing a new network or encountering costly trenching.  The net result was controllable surveillance in critical locations, with all components outside of the tenant living space, with a vandal-resistant design.

 

Video is viewable and searchable by the detective bureau, yet owned and stored on housing-owned servers.  The radio links connect the police station to selected housing buildings, and then the signal traverses the internet from the police station to housing main office where their server resides.

 

The Solution:

 

  • Point-to-multi-point NLOS radio system
  • Advanced user rights definitions permitted selected, authorized access
  • Low light, wide dynamic range PTZ cameras
  • Access to the system from police HQ and substation

 

The Benefits:

 

  • One system serves two users with adjustable user rights
  • Lower cost of implementation by using radios

 

 

 

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