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security

Having the correct security cameras in the appropriate places is critical. The facility makes use of a wide range
of Vicon megapixel models.

complex called "The Close." This includes the cathedral; administrative and residential
buildings to support the bishop, clergy, and diocese; a world-class textile-conservation
laboratory; and all of the surrounding grounds and gardens. Cameras are also focused
on the visitor center and information booths.
As head of all security operations within The Close, Hinkson decides where each
camera goes. Providing safety for visitors, staff, residents, and students, as well as protecting the property and its many valuable artifacts, are his primary concerns. One of
the problems he deals with regularly is tourists who are so busy looking around that
they aren't paying attention to their footing. "We have accidental falls, and sometimes
lawsuits arise. Having cameras everywhere provides us with a visual of how accidents
occurred and that can protect us from liability," he said.
Other challenges relate to the services the cathedral provides to the indigent. "We
have a soup kitchen in the basement that feeds as many as 300 people on Sundays.
Sometimes we have guests who are disruptive. With cameras, we are able to capture

individual guards are no longer assigned to each chapel. Instead, security officers can

footage that we can show to first responders," Hinkson explained.

monitor the surveillance cameras from security booths and dispatch roving guards to

The cameras are important for protecting property as well as people. Technology

specific chapels, as needed.

director Smith explained that strategic placement of the cameras within the cathedral
has given them another resource in addition to the security guards they employ to su-

THE SECURITY SOLUTION

pervise the church's many art exhibitions and keep an eye on its priceless artifacts. Fa-

In all of these scenarios, having the right cameras, in the right places, is critical. The

mous tapestries, sculptures, and paintings are displayed within the chapels around the

facility makes use of a wide range of Vicon megapixel models. PTZ cameras with pow-

perimeter of the interior. With the recent addition of cameras in each of these spaces,

erful zoom, mounted on the exterior of buildings, provide coverage of the streets bordering The Close.

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Smith said that on occasions, when New York police have come to look at video
from their cameras, the officers have been amazed at the detail captured. Hinkson

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elaborated, "If we want to give an image to the NYPD, we can zoom in and we can
actually see a mole on a person's face. These are high-megapixel cameras."
Within the cathedral, cameras need to accommodate challenging lighting conditions, such as sunlight passing through stained-glass windows and low lighting in certain chapels to protect artifacts on display. "The Vicon cameras we use adjust automatically throughout the day," said Hinkson. "We also have night-vision cameras."
Smith explained that installing cameras in and around a property with landmark
status requires coordination with city authorities.
"Ultimately, aesthetic concerns will never trump security, but we do need to be
sensitive to preservation of the building's historical significance," Smith said. Before
any cameras were installed, a complete study was done and all camera locations were
approved according to landmark-status rules.
The Valerus software platform has made managing video from the network cameras
much easier for the security team. Smith explained, "We are able to view more cameras
simultaneously and more expeditiously. Health monitoring, archiving, searching, and
exporting...all those features are also so much easier now. When we look at the health
dashboard and see that there are no errors, it gives us confidence that everything is
working as it should." CA

"Our top management feels there is no better
way to see, understand and communicate the
big picture than with these panels."
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Museums Evolve To Remain Relevant
Museum Blends Biblical History And Technology
The Architects
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
HVAC & Plumbing
Interiors
Lighting & Electrical
Exteriors
Windows & Doors
Building Technology
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