Alberta Health takes surveillance to the edgeWritten by Neil Sutton Monday, 30 May 2011 09:01
Alberta Health Services, an integrated health-care system covering 98 acute care hospitals and more than a thousand facilities province-wide, is rolling out a decentralized surveillance camera model, with video storage out on the edge.
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“In terms of protective services, our goal is to provide access to service — basically to security services throughout the province, from urban to rural. We want to have a consistency of service and a standard of service,” explains Greg Smith, Director Enterprise Security Systems, Protective Services, Alberta Health Services.
Alberta Health Services also reviewed its use of camera technology to determine how security coverage could be improved. “For example, if the big urban hospitals have access to CCTV and security, why don’t the rural sites? Recognizing this, we wanted to provide this access to rural acute care hospitals,” says Smith.
Smith and his team conducted a review and gathered information on the rural acute care sites — approximately 78 — and prioritized them based on risk. “We needed to find a product that would be reliable, low impact on IT infrastructure and cost-effective.”
The problem with most camera surveillance set-ups is they require significant infrastructure and video storage can serious tax networks.
“You have your camera, your coax, your power supply and it has to go back to a recording device. Or if it’s an IP solution — you’ve got your camera, your CAT6 going to a network switch and then going to a single recording device. Well what happens when you lose your network or your recording device? Well, it brings down your cameras. We’ve experienced that,” says Smith.
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