Integrator and subcontractor for 80-camera, all-digital, “virtual matrix” video surveillance system that seamlessly switches, displays, and processes both live and recorded MPEG-4 video. The system employs two monitors at each control station: one “movement” monitor switched by the door control touchscreen and a salvo/tour monitor setup to dwell through various views. Administrators have video review stations providing 60-days’ video at 4CIF, 15 fps on all cameras, plus video for alarms and motion events. The system uses encoders, network video recorder (NVR) servers (two archivers), “virtual matrix” servers (directory/EDB server), and integrates to touchscreen / PLC controls over serial data link. It provides substantial redundancy in the event one of the servers fails. A failover directory/archiver server and 40 failover channels backup the configuration, data, and recordings. Both switching latency and encoding latency are under 200 milliseconds.
Corrections & Detention
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Video Surveillance Recording Visiting
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Service & Maintenance
Whatcom County Interim Work Center [more] Video Visiting System
This 150-bed interim work center provides housing for minimum security offenders, conducts jail alternatives programs, including, work release, electronic home monitoring and inmate work crews, and houses staff for these programs. The facility, which opened in September 2006, has a JSC-installed video visiting system that connects 8 inmate stations to 7 visitor stations within the visiting lobby of the facility. Central Control sets up visit sessions and monitors both sides of any live visitation in real-time. The impact-resistant inmate stations are located within each dormitory unit. The system employs a Harding MicroComm audio exchange for full-duplex audio between handsets, a standalone analog video matrix switch, and a standalone DVR recording system providing 20 days archival of all visiting sessions.
Installation subcontractor for video visiting vendor on this 360-bed new detention facility. JSC installed all visiting stations and stools, installed and terminated all Category 5e cabling, and provided as-builts. Late delivery of system by vendor caused client dissatisfaction. Completed in 50 days.
Virtual Matrix-NVR Systems
Washington Corrections Center for Women Health Unit
Deschutes County Work Center [more] Video Visiting System
This remodeled 90-bed work center reopened in February 2008 to reduce early release of inmates while providing them an opportunity for rehabilitation by teaching inmates to become employable citizens upon release. The facility uses the SecureVisit™ option of our touchscreen security system to connect 6 inmate stations inside living units to 6 visitor stations at the facility’s visiting lobby.
Central Control’s touchscreen control station controls visit sessions and monitors both sides of any live visitation in real-time. Our impact-resistant visitation stations provide a ratio of approximately one visitation station for each 15 inmates. The system employs a Harding MicroComm audio exchange for full-duplex audio between handsets, expansion of the Pelco analog video matrix switch in conjunction with the security system, and expansion of the Pelco audio-capable DVRs and their Pelco video management software for recording.
Prime contractor for retrofit of 95 additional low-light and very-low-light fixed cameras; fiber optics underground site-wide distribution; with alternate full-motion digital video recording and playback system. Full system totaled some 420 cameras. Scope included networking various satellite switchers into a single site-wide matrix switching network; installing fiber video trunking between switchers; adding backup redundancy to the switching system; expanding the Main Command Center CCTV switcher inputs from 320 to 448; replacing the switcher in Medical Equipment with a new 32x16 switcher; and replacing the switcher in Minimum Security with a new 32x16 switcher. Also intercom and HMI graphic changes. Equipment used: Vicon V1500 distributed network control system, Matrix 66 switchers, and fifteen 4-channel fiber transmitter/receivers. Completed in 130 days.
The SecureVisit™ option of our touchscreen security system provides high-resolution, video visiting for this 352-bed jail – connecting 24 inmate stations inside living units to 24 visitor stations at a future remote visiting center. The system was fully tested and accepted in June 2010. The visiting center awaits completion.
Touchscreen control stations at either visiting or Central Control setup visiting sessions and monitor both sides of any live visitation in real-time. They also control recording and archiving. The 24 JSC impact-resistant visitation stations provide a ratio of approximately one visitation station for each 15 inmates. The system employs a Harding MicroComm audio exchange for full-duplex audio between handsets, expansion of the Pelco analog video matrix switch in conjunction with the security system, and expansion of the Vigilant audio-capable DVRs and their ViewStation software for recording.
Also 4-seat video arraignment.
McNeil Island Correctional Center IMU Unit [more] Analog Matrix-DVR Surveillance & Recording Retrofit
Prime contractor for construction of an $114,000 upgrade to the 129-bed Intensive Management Unit of this 1,024-bed, low-rise, suburban correctional facility. CCTV system improvements included adding PTZ cameras and upgrading existing fixed cameras. Approximately 24 cameras survey this intensive management unit. Project added 16 channels of digital video recording (DVR) onto disk and archival media, complete with audio, for documentation of cell extractions, yard activities, movement, and other operations of this Ad Seg unit. Completed in 90 days.
Columbia County Jail [more] Analog Matrix-Networked DVR Surveillance & Recording Retrofit
St. Helens, Oregon
Prime design/build contractor and maintenance contractor for the retrofit of digital video recording to an existing jail system, plus troubleshooting and repair of the integration protocol between the security electronics and CCTV switcher. Project added 64 channels of recording with sufficient storage for 25 days to the 80-camera CCTV system. Completed in 30 days.
Sacramento County Main Jail [more]anchor1 Analog Matrix-Networked DVR Surveillance & Recording Retrofit
Prime design/build contractor for digital audio recording of visiting conversations at 80 visitation booths facility-wide, and networked digital logging and retrieval of recorded conversations at administrative workstations. Also design/build contractor for digital video recording of 64 booking loop cameras, including one-year storage and networked distribution and retrieval at administrative workstations. $0.35 million total. Technology: Networked DVRs (64 channels) with external (network attached storage) totaling 32 TB. 80-channel digital audio logger. Software: ViconNet 3 and NICE.
Analog Matrix-Networked DVR Surveillance & Recording Retrofit
Prime design/build contractor for the addition of 54 cameras for juvenile cells, exterior surveillance, and several key blind spots, including upgrading all cameras in the cells to low-light, high-resolution cameras with maximum-security housings (system capacity 128 cameras). Added 48 channels of additional digital video recording (DVR) capacity (total of 128 channels). Upgraded to latest version of ViconNet . Also updated touchscreen control software for additional cameras. Performed the original installation of this system as well – Pelco analog matrix under the control of HMI touchscreen.
Thurston County Jail [more] Virtual Matrix-NVR Surveillance & Recording Retrofit
Integrator and prime contractor for all-digital 80-camera “virtual matrix” video surveillance system using MPEG-4 encoders, network video recorders (NVRs), and “virtual matrix” software to switch, display, and process both live and recorded video as one seamless system. Central Control provides two “movement” control monitors switched by the touchscreens, two salvo/tour monitors, and one video review station providing video for alarms and motion events. “Mini-Control” has another “movement” control monitor and video review station. The system’s NetView servers each switch approximately 20 images (between the movement and tour/salvo monitors) at full capacity. Switching protocol comes from the security PLC over a serial data channel. With video encoding latency of 350 milliseconds, digital delay was added to synchronize analog audio so that lips synchronize. Switching latency is approximately 500 milliseconds for multiple images.
NVR Video / Audio Surveillance & Recording Retrofit
Prime contractor for this $1.1-million, CCTV retrofit to an urban local detention center originally opened in 1957. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office wished to upgrade the CCTV system in the Central Receiving Facility (CRF) by replacing it with a state-of-the-art networked digital video and audio monitoring system with goals to improve video quality and record and retrieve video, audio, and still images from the system for up to two (2) years in the past.
The system provides approximately 90% coverage of the basement Inmate Receiving Center (IRC) through 58 new IP surveillance cameras – at transport aprons, pre-booking areas, booking areas, holding cells, sallyports, and other areas with officer/ detainee interaction. For sufficient detail to identify persons, narrower lenses zoom into scenes slightly, high-definition 720p cameras increase resolution, then SceneTracker software “stitches” together multiple cameras views into a single panorama. Microphones are added at nine (9) cameras to record synchronous audio.
The DVTel NVMS 6 software runs on seven (7) Pivot3 24TB “cloudbanks” - virtual servers and storage arrays, supported by eight (8) Pivot3 24TB “databank” network attached storage units. Configured into two RAID-6e arrays totaling 300TB of usable storage, the system survives the failure of up to three hard drives and one full cloudbank or databank. Dual-stream cameras allow differing frame rates for live viewing (15 fps, 720p) and recording. Cameras are recorded at 720p resolution with 1 fps when quiet and 8 fps when the scene has motion.
JSC is performing this project on a design/build turnkey basis. Electrical rough-in and cable pulling are subcontracted. The gigabit network runs on a fiber backbone with Cat. 6 copper camera drops.
King County Detention Facilities [More] NVR Video Surveillance & Recording Retrofit Seattle & Kent, WA
Prime contractor for this $0.6-million hybrid (NVR and analog matrix) retrofit to two local detention centers:
• King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) – 1,697-bed urban high-rise jail that opened in 1985. 90 cameras.
• Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) – 1,300 suburban low-rise jail that opened in 1997. 31 cameras.
The system provides recording coverage through 90 new IP surveillance cameras in female dayrooms and recreation yards, as well as 31 existing cameras in kitchens, laundries, loading docks and other areas. The system serves primarily to provide evidence for prosecution or to investigate crimes and misconduct.
The system IP encodes all 121 cameras. Prior to encoding, the analog video signal loops through the inputs of the matrix switchers, so that live video can be viewed at control center monitors. The project added 192 inputs to the existing KCCF matrix switcher and replaced the obsolete MRJC matrix switcher with a new 320 x 32 matrix. The system adds 5 client workstations at investigator offices, equipment rooms, and directors office to view live and recorded video of all 121 cameras. Cameras are recorded for 180 days at a resolution of 4CIF and frame rate of 4 fps.
The DVTel NVMS 6 software runs on an array of four (4) Pivot3 24TB “cloudbanks” arranged in RAID-6e configuration and providing 60TB of usable storage. These servers and storage array are safely located off site in a commercial data center linked to the facilities by dedicated fiber on a gigabit network.
A “cutover” was required at the MRJC from the old video system to the new, as well as a transcoder to translate older Javelin protocol into Pelco protocol to run the switcher. Temporary monitors were placed in each control room for the new system and cameras gradually moved from old to new.
Electrical rough-in and cable pulling were performed by King County under a separate contract.
Sacramento County Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center [more] NVR Video Surveillance & Recording Retrofit
Elk Grove, CA
Prime design/build contractor for this $1.4-million, CCTV retrofit to a campus-style correctional detention and inmate holding/transfer center, originally built in 1959. The campus’ 30-plus buildings serve a multitude of functions from max housing to barrack-style dorms to medical and classroom facilities. JSC performed the project on a turnkey basis. Electrical rough-in and cable pulling were subcontracted. The Owner provided the computers and storage, which were drop-shipped to DVTEL for software installation and storage configuration, then forwarded to the project site.
The system IP encodes all 56 existing cameras, as well as the 294 additional new cameras. Added cameras enhance officer safety by monitoring inmate activity and documenting infractions andcriminal conduct. New surveillance cameras in living and activity areas, outdoor yards, perimeter fences, booking, parking lots, kitchen, laundry, provide approximately 75% coverage of inmate areas.
The DVTel Latitude 5 system uses eight (8) HP servers and the six (6) HP network attached storage units totaling 30 Terabytes. Dual-stream encoders allow differing frame rates for live viewing (15 fps, 4CIF) and recording (7 fps, 4CIF). Network traffic required a 1/10 GBps fiber / copper network that largely utilized spare facility fiber, but also installed additional fiber links. The system allows 24 client workstations at line staff and supervisor posts to view live and recorded video of all 350 cameras across the campus. SceneTracker software “stitches” together multiple cameras into a single panoramic view at dayrooms, dining halls, and other large spaces – eliminating fragmentation and providing intuitive monitoring. Automated integration with alarms triggers camera sweeps of the perimeter fence to assess alarm events.
Existing cameras were shared between systems and encoded onto the IP CCTV system. Original intent was to bring headend, clients, and recording up first; then add buildings sequentially as field installation progressed. Late delivery of Owner-furnished computers meant that field installation was already completed when recording and clients started.