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Southside Medical Center Reduces Security Costs and Expedites Investigations by 100% with Avigilon High Definition Surveillance System

06/10/2010

Avigilon HD Surveillance System delivers evidence required to resolve onsite disputes, vandalism, and theft

Vancouver, Canada – June 10, 2010 – Avigilon, the performance and value leader in high definition and megapixel video surveillance systems, today announced that Southside Medical Center, Georgia’s oldest and largest Federally Qualified Health Center, has deployed the Avigilon High Definition (HD) Surveillance System to boost patient and staff safety. Facing many security challenges including gang-related activities, onsite domestic violence, disputes among patients, vandalism, break-ins, and theft, Southside Medical Center selected the Avigilon HD Surveillance System because it delivers superior image clarity to capture the evidence required to identify, confirm, and convict.

“We are in a new era,” said David M. Williams, MD, chief executive officer at Southside Medical Center. “We are moving forward with our plans to have the Nation’s first Federally Qualified Health Center of Excellence and having state-of-the-art technology will help us achieve our goal in an efficient and reliable manner.”

Southside Medical Center installed Avigilon Control Center Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with HD Stream Management on three Avigilon HD Network Video Recorders. One Avigilon 16 megapixel camera, in addition to several Avigilon 11 and five megapixel cameras, were installed on the exterior of the facility for perimeter monitoring. Nine Avigilon Analog Video Encoders were used to integrate the existing 28 analog cameras into the new Avigilon HD Surveillance System, creating a hybrid system that facilitates the migration from analog to digital as budget allows.

“Our previous analog-based surveillance system produced grainy and monochrome images, and could not zoom effectively to capture the image detail needed for positive identification,” explained Barlon Lundgren, JD, CHPA, and director of corporate affairs at Southside Medical Center. “With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, we can retrieve exact image details twice as fast as we could with our previous system leading to faster, more cost-effective, and successful investigations.”

Leveraging the Avigilon Control Center NVMS Southside Medical Center can easily export footage to enable law enforcement officials to review it without having to install Avigilon Control Center software on their own system. Requiring less additional equipment than other systems, the Avigilon HD Surveillance System was easily integrated with the medical center’s existing infrastructure, resulting in lower installation costs. Further cost savings were realized by being able to achieve greater coverage with fewer Avigilon megapixel cameras. The management team has also saved operational costs by leveraging the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to monitor and resolve conflicts between patients and staff.

“Using Avigilon Control Center NVMS with High Definition Stream Management, Southside Medical Center can preserve their investment in existing analog cameras and add megapixel cameras as budget allows to dramatically improve the performance of the entire video surveillance network,” said Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales and marketing for Avigilon. “Now, the medical center can cost-effectively migrate from analog to digital and dramatically improve the forensic value of the video for faster and more successful investigations.”

Avigilon Control Center Network Video Management Software
The award-winning, enterprise-class NVMS platform, Avigilon Control Center was engineered from the ground up to intelligently manage HD video, delivering both situational awareness and complete image detail. Avigilon Control Center captures, transmits, manages, stores, archives, plays back, and exports HD video while efficiently handling bandwidth and storage. Avigilon Control Center’s modular, open architecture allows system designers to integrate Avigilon solutions with existing assets including analog and IP cameras, access control and other intrusion systems. In 2010, Avigilon Control Center won the Frost & Sullivan Surveillance New Product Innovation of the Year award.

About Avigilon
Avigilon designs, manufactures, and markets award-winning high definition (HD) surveillance systems. The performance and value leader, Avigilon solutions protect and monitor thousands of customer sites in more than 55 countries around the world. Avigilon’s Control Center, the world’s first open HD Network Video Management Software platform, and megapixel cameras deliver full situational awareness and actionable image detail. Campuses, transportation systems, healthcare providers, public venues, infrastructure, and manufacturing sites with security, safety validation, and compliance requirements all benefit from reduced investigation time and more successful investigations by immediately producing indisputable video evidence. In 2009, Avigilon won Frost & Sullivan’s HD Surveillance Company of the Year award. For further information, please visit www.avigilon.com.