Security Technology Executive

MAY 2013

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VIDEO SURVEILLANCE VMS in Action: Monitoring the Second Presidential Debate A networked surveillance system had all of Hofstra University covered as the world watched Obama and Romney trade barbs I 30 n the weeks leading up to the 2012 town hallstyle debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, a security team that included the Secret Service, along with New York state and Nassau County police, were busy installing systems to ensure the safety of the candidates and attendees. However, with just a month until the live debate, hardware and network issues troubled the installation, and a system design and correction was needed. The second of the three presidential debates, held in a town hall meeting format at Hofstra University in Nassau County, N.Y., was less than two hours in length, but the time spent to ensure the safety of the candidates, students, volunteers and surrounding areas added up to thousands of man hours. Hofstra was informed of its nomination to host the presidential debate in 2010 and by mid 2012, the preparations had begun. The university's 600-acre campus includes numerous buildings and is accessible from a major highway. With such a large campus, the Secret Service, in cooperation with Nassau County Police Department, New York State Troopers and university security, were required to proactively address any possible threats. An intricate security surveillance system was determined to provide the President's dignitary protection detail the best tools to monitor crowds, buildings and the candidates. SECURITY TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE • May 2013 The Nassau County Police Department turned to systems integrator EIA Inc. to solve the technical issues plaguing the temporary security surveillance monitoring solution. The firm had less than a month to complete the integration of a 46-surveillance camera network to monitor surrounding roadways, buildings, crowds and staging areas. "Working with the electronic surveillance squad and university security in the weeks leading up to the debate, we were able to deploy cameras on numerous buildings throughout the campus and feed them into the comprehensive surveillance network," explains EIA vice president Glenn Taylor. Dome and bullet cameras covered all angles surrounding the presidential debate stage, the roads leading up to Hofstra, the buildings on campus and the crowds outside of the event location. The cameras were networked through the Milestone XProtect Corporate video management software (VMS), which enabled multiple mobile viewing stations connected to 46 camera feeds before, during and after the debate that provided authorized security and law enforcement personnel clear and detailed views of the crowds and areas surrounding Hofstra University. The Milestone solution connected the cameras through Wi-Fi over one network, so each command center and mobile user was able to view any or all cameras as needed.

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