City of Loveland

Loveland, Colorado, implements citywide surveillance network with Panasonic.

Challenge

The shortcomings of an aging analog video surveillance system at the city of Loveland art gallery was highlighted by an act of vandalism. This incident kick-started the implementation of a standardized, citywide networked solution.

Solution

The city of Loveland rolled out a comprehensive surveillance solution built on a foundation of i-PRO network surveillance cameras, recorders and ASM 200 video management software.

Result

The city of Loveland Museum/Gallery, Traffic, Parks ∓ Recreation, Police, Courts, and other departments and facilities now have a fully integrated citywide surveillance solution that is easy to use and can be centrally managed by each department.

The city of Loveland, Colorado, decided Panasonic full HD 1080p and HD 720p cameras, recorders and ASM200 management software could help them achieve their overall goals of comprehensive security, centralized management, cross-department accessibility and the ability to easily add to and upgrade the video infrastructure to meet future needs. 

"It [the new integrated video surveillance solution] allows each department to accomplish their own video surveillance goals, based on their individual needs. We needed a standardized system that we could easily maintain and be able to turn over management of the video to the user. If the video belongs to a certain department they should be able to manage it," said John Ham, Systems Administrator in the City's IT Department. 

The city of Loveland has access to a 10Gb fiber optic network backbone connecting some 20 different facilities. The infrastructure was able to easily support Panasonic's distributed processing system and quad streaming technology, making it the perfect solution for video as it enables high resolution 720P/1080P performance and recording. The system continues to lessen the pain points of integrating, expanding and upgrading older technology, according to Tad Reid of Open Door, Inc., a Panasonic representative. "The Panasonic System is able to grow over time because of its backwards compatibility. Processing speed and performance is always improving as the system grows."

Evolution of the Upgrade to New Capabilities

An isolated incident of vandalism in the city of Loveland art gallery helped trigger a comprehensive citywide upgrade in surveillance solutions. Although there was an existing installation of analog cameras at the gallery site, the aging equipment was failing and not producing the quality of surveillance video needed. "After that incident we started to look closely at implementing a standardized, citywide solution that could be used at the museum and other facilities simultaneously," said Ham. 

"One key criteria of our new system was that we needed to be able to individually manage the video by department," said Ham. "The Traffic Department needed to be able to manage their cameras and video feeds and access footage, as well as the Parks and Recreation and Police Departments."

 

The Loveland Traffic Division had been a long-time user of Panasonic cameras, but their VMS system was aging and not capable of integration with the newer software solutions being implemented. The VMS system was not Panasonic, but provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation; and, while it supported Panasonic analog PTZ cameras at traffic intersections and hot spots, there was no available local support, making it cumbersome to add IP cameras and download updated software drivers. The department upgraded to Panasonic WV-SW396A network cameras and WV-ASM200 software.

"The change to Panasonic ASM-200 software and Panasonic IP cameras for Traffic has made it easier for Traffic Department staff to manage our Operations Center video display array and monitor intersections across the city," said Bill Hange City Traffic Engineer.

Law and order fully integrated for greater safety

The Police and Courts building had an aging system, with no backup or RAID storage and they were looking to replace that. The police system now consists of 42 cameras [WV-SFV631L WV-SW158, WV-SF336, WV-SF438, WV-SC385, WV-SW538] providing internal and external coverage, including garage bays, prisoner transport areas, entrance ways and courtrooms. The Police Department uses three WJ-NV200 network disk recorders to record 24/7 on motion/exception at night and full motion during the day. 

To best leverage the broad surveillance deployment the city also provides the police department access to the Traffic Division's cameras to provide a real-time view of the city. To achieve this, Loveland utilizes the i-PRO WV-ASM200 video management software to allow the unification of large, multi-recorder, multi-site networked video systems. 

The city also integrated analog cameras in the Justice Center, Larimer County courtrooms with the WJ-GXE500 IP encoders, the latest Panasonic technology. Demonstrating Panasonic's dedication to backward compatibility, the encoders integrated seamlessly with cameras installed some five years ago – protecting the County's existing technology investment while allowing them to take advantage of the latest video technology. 

The city of Loveland continues to expand its surveillance solution to provide a safe and secure environment for both residents and the thousands of visitors who attend annual events and participate in other community activities throughout the year.