IRVINE, Calif., September 15, 2008 – Consiliant today announced that Amtrak, the premier provider of intercity passenger rail services, will deploy Cisco’s Video Surveillance System to better protect its Los Angeles and Oakland maintenance yards in California. The Cisco Video Surveillance System, a core component of Cisco’s Physical Security Solution, works in unison with the advanced features and functions of the IP network infrastructure to provide Amtrak with easy access to video feeds at any time from any place, enabling real-time incident response, investigation, and resolution.
The central element of this new architecture is Cisco’s Video Surveillance Manager, a software solution which is used to authenticate and manage access to video feeds, provides virtual matrix switching to connect cameras, keyboards, and monitors, plus video storage and recall for display on analog monitors or PCs.
Amtrak selected systems integrator Consiliant Technologies to implement the physical security system due to their deep, technical knowledge of advanced physical security technologies, including Cisco products, over traditional security approaches.
“Physical security and IT are converging at a much faster rate than anyone anticipated. We were well positioned to meet Amtrak’s challenges because we are one of a handful of IT companies that has truly focused on physical security,” said Kevin Dailey, vice president of Consiliant’s IP Physical Security Group. “There are too many threats to be managed in old fashioned ways. Amtrak is looking forward with this design.”
Consiliant selected leading Physical Security providers Proximex and Agent VI to further enhance monitoring and incident response as key elements of the integrated solution. A Command and Control system for policy-based incident discovery, connection and resolution from Proximex will provide a complete picture of all security activity in a single view in real time – relieving security officers from trying to watch all the consoles in the security center at the same time. In addition, Amtrak will deploy embedded video analytic software from Agent VI that will provide 7 x 24 coverage of a facility that measures one mile by one eighth of a mile. Both Proximex and Agent VI technologies are integrated and interoperable using the Cisco Video Surveillance platform.
“Amtrak wanted to install a system that uses technology to proactively prevent intrusions, rather than just document the breaches after the fact. The IP-centric model will allow authorized Amtrak employees full access to the video data, whether they are on site or at headquarters in Washington D.C.,” said Cassim Mamoon, Amtrak senior project manager. “Consiliant’s choice of the Cisco Video Surveillance Manager gave us the assurance we needed that today’s investment will be protected and enhanced over the years ahead.”