Institutional/Prison

Correctional facilities require a high level of protection and interactive flexibility in the life safety systems for their inmates, employees and visitors. ETI is experienced in the complexity of systems integration design required to merge several critical systems in order to help provide safety for guards and inmates. These systems designs also help filter out most nuisance alarms and distraction alarm attempts by providing alarm verification through live video from properly placed CCTV surveillance equipment. ETI can integrate fire, CCTV, access, security and fire systems together for exemplary performance in the demanding environment of a penal institution, where every day presents risks to guards, visitors and inmates. Our testing and service technicians are certified and well-trained in the required etiquette for testing and servicing systems in this specialty environment.

The most common solutions in the Institutional Vertical Market are as follows:

Related Case Study

B’nai B’rith
Situation
B’nai B’rith Apartments in Allentown is a non-profit safe, affordable and comfortable housing site for senior citizens that is operated by Allentown B’nai B’rith Housing Corporation. The building had an existing analog camera system covering entrances, exits and parking areas, but the administration was not happy with the resolution and usability of the system as a whole. The administration was looking for a solution that offered high resolution cameras, ease of use, expandability and remote viewing.
Analysis
B’nai B’rith’s administration was looking for a solution that offered high resolution cameras, future expandability, ease of use, and remote viewing. While addressing the primary needs, B’nai B’rith also considered additional areas where surveillance was needed. The targeted areas consisted of replacing existing cameras in their current locations, watching trash container/laundry areas, covering the other sensitive locations as well as deploying wireless solutions to inaccessible areas. If an event happened at or around the B’nai B’rith property, administration wanted to have a record and an easy way to share it with local authorities.
Solution
ETI was brought in by the administration to propose a phased solution to their video needs that would eventually turn their existing analog camera system, which consisted of 16 low resolution analog cameras, into a state-of-the-art open platform video management solution comprised of 56 1.3MP and 3MP cameras. The first phase of the project was to protect the trash container/laundry room areas with new 1.3MP IP cameras for facial identification purposes. The next phase of the project was to replace the existing 16 analog cameras. ETI was able to use a technology called IP over coax to eliminate the cost of running new network cable to all existing locations. After the success of the first two phases, we worked with the Campus Administrator to identify 34 other locations in need of surveillance, both at the House and West buildings as well as a remote building. During this final phase of the project, both wired and wireless solutions were deployed to deliver the B’nai B’rith organization a cutting edge solution to their video needs. The resulting easy to manage, open platform video management system gave the B’nai B’rith organization peace of mind regarding the protection of their residents, staff and property that will be added to in the future.