To enhance the security of its exterior spaces, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, recently worked with IES Communications, a nationwide provider of integrated security solutions, to upgrade its outdoor surveillance system.
The museum hosts more than 300,000 guests each year to view its collection of more than 13,000 instruments and associated objects and to attend live performances in the MIM Music Theater. The safety and security of visitors and staff and the protection of the museum’s extensive collection is an essential aspect of fulfilling its mission.
Now following the upgrade, a combination of Bosch Autodome IP starlight 7000 HD, Flexidome IP starlight 6000 VR, and Autodome IP 5000 IR cameras provide high-quality images of the museum’s outdoor areas, which include an impressive courtyard at the main entrance, an additional courtyard at the student entry, an outdoor café and seating area for guests, as well as special events, and two parking lots.
Bosch cameras with starlight technology provide clear images regardless of lighting conditions, delivering full colour images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras turn to monochrome images. Supported by new exterior LED lights, the Bosch starlight cameras at the museum produce full-colour images throughout the night. The intelligent cameras also feature built-in video analytics to alert the museum’s security operators to possible risks, such as detecting objects left behind or the gathering of large crowds that may create congestion in an area. With Intelligent Tracking, Autodome IP starlight 7000 HD cameras can also automatically track objects of interest as they move throughout a scene.
One challenge with the installation was how to deliver data from the security cameras over long distances between remote locations and the headend network switches and servers. After receiving recommendations from IES Communications and Bosch, the museum selected Altronix’s Pace Long-Range Ethernet Solutions.
Utilising a Pace8 PRM multi-port receiver at the headend, along with Pace1 ST transceivers at each device, the museum successfully deployed the Bosch high-resolution IP cameras beyond the standard Ethernet range of 100 meters. Using existing CAT6 cable, Pace transmits Ethernet data at 100Mbps at distances of up to 500 meters, which exceeded the museum‘s requirements.
With the Altronix Pace solution, the museum did not need to replace existing cabling, which delivered a cost savings for the overall project without sacrificing performance.
“We are definitely pleased with the ease of use of the Altronix Pace system,” Burger said. “It’s a completely plug-and-play system. It works great with all of our existing network equipment and infrastructure. It was pretty seamless for us to achieve integration with the new Bosch cameras.”
In addition, said Burger, the design of the Altronix Pace solution is rugged enough to handle the intense heat and other weather conditions related to Arizona’s weather and climate. “It speaks to the quality of the manufacturers: both Altronix and Bosch,” added Burger.