high security   high stakes

Technology is filling a gap in correctional campus operations. Fulfilling a dual purpose for detention and workplace safety, electronic security systems are bridging physical security and virtual means to identify threats, alert persons of an event, and initiate an appropriate response. Several institutions are embracing the benefits of an IP-based security system and strategizing how to integrate it into their portfolio of operating environments and legacy systems.

WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
GUIDELINES FOR ELECTRONIC SECURITY SYSTEMS 

The guidelines standardized the telecommunications infrastructure that supports the access controls, personal duress alarm and CCTV IP-based systems tailored to the various custody levels.  The guidelines address technology, communication protocols, system architecture and procurement channels for electronic security systems. As of July 2016, the standards have been deployed to eight Washington correctional campuses, representing over $66 million in capital improvements.

WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
VIDEO SECURITY MASTERPLAN

As a precursor to planned security upgrades, the team was engaged with developing an enterprise video security masterplan. The masterplan encompassed an assessment of the DOC’s operating security surveillance systems, supporting infrastructure, space allocation for supporting equipment and a migration pathway to align with the agency’s [TDIS] adopted standard.

The team worked with stakeholders to build efficiencies into deploying the masterplan by defining procurement processes; conducting WAN traffic analysis, storage and archiving solutions; and coordinating other network, server and storage solutions as required. Definitions for the global network IP schema, VLAN routing, Multicast traffic requirements and remote access were also crafted. The VMS platforms were reviewed, along with the change management procedures and opportunities for virtualization.

WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
WASHINGTON STATE PENITENTIARY  |  SECURITY ELECTRONICS REPLACEMENT PLANNING & CUTOVER

The new 500-bed close custody housing unit’s integration to the WSP west campus resulted in an evaluation of the campus electronic infrastructure and its capacity to serve the expansion. The evaluation revealed deficiencies in the systems’ capacity, as well as opportunities to infuse efficiencies into the project by restructuring the entire video surveillance system based upon IP-based CCTV cameras, access controls, encoders, video management systems and telecommunications rooms to house the new equipment. The antiquated core electronic infrastructure was replaced in parallel with a new high-speed Ethernet backbone and IP address designations were programmed congruent with the enterprise standard.

SONOMA COUNTY
DETENTION FACILITIES SECURITY ELECTRONICS & TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS ASSESSMENT & MASTERPLAN 

A strategic review of the county’s operating system spanned four campuses representing 629,481 sf across 16 buildings. The physical infrastructure evaluation covered connectivity and cabling, telecommunications rooms, pathways and spaces, outside plant underground pathways, backbone infrastructure and grounding and bonding. Wireless, CATV broadband distribution, audio-visual, intercom/clock and the physical layer topology of the hardware equipment were also assessed, along with the backbone infrastructure’s ability to support security electronic systems.