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by Santiago Jaramillo Tyco Security Products Originally posted Here

When Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados began renovations security system, the primary objective was to update the old autonomous system to ensure a prompt response to any security incident.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is the largest medical facility in Barbados, an island country in the Lesser Antilles, with a population of approximately 284,000 persons. Located in Bridgetown, capital of the country, the hospital’s mission refers to “(…) to be the leading institution in the region to offer excellent health services second and third level, patient-centred and provide training health professional in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and beyond. ”

Since opening in 1964, the hospital has increased its number of beds from 464 to 600. The staff consists of about 2,400 people who provide specialized services and premium health in areas such as gynaecology, paediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, therapy, radiology, radiography and ophthalmology, among others.

With this diversity of services, the Queen Elizabeth hospital is considered the main medical facility serving the people of Barbados.

The challenge

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has a very strong reputation among the people of Barbados and the citizens of other neighbouring nations who have no access to health services of the highest quality. With this in mind, it was important to consider the security risks and protection of patients and visitors to ensure the smooth functioning entity, something the hospital staff could not unless I had complete visibility of the number of visitors given time.

To update the system for monitoring and control of access to the hospital hired Tansal Akcayli, president and chief executive officer of Consolidated Systems & Supplies (CSS), a systems integrator based in Bridgetown. The company was contracted to centralize security operations and integrate the functionality hospital surveillance system with access control platform.

According to Akcayli, the main objective of the director of Queen Elizabeth hospital security was monitoring the behaviour and activity of visitors in the corridors and along the perimeter of the building. It was not uncommon for patients to receive visits from several family members, which could cause overcrowding in rooms and other problems for nurses in the care of other patients in shared rooms. There were also many cases of visitors who entered the hospital outside visiting hours stipulated by the hospital, making it difficult to keep the doors locked.

Paula Agbowu, director of engineering services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, agreed that a key concern was unrestricted access to the hospital at any time of day. “The hospital trust with key locks, but the keys tend to stray” Agbowu warned.

In addition to overcrowding, the hospital also has faced security problems associated with lack of control over who enter and leave the building. Although Barbados has a low crime rate, there have been several incidents of weapons entering the premises.

In the past, the hospital used a myriad of surveillance systems and access control vulnerable simple and functioning as autonomous systems.

The solution
Several years ago, the hospital board approved the disbursement of funds to install an integrated surveillance and access control. With the advice of Consolidated Systems & Supplies, the hospital selected a security solution that included American Dynamics cameras and access control solution C • CURE Software House.

“The option selected was C • CURE because of its scalability as it is a networking solution,” added Akcayli. “By implementing this system, the hospital can expand your access control system as needs increase and the size of the institution.”

The project did not fail to pose some challenges. “From the technical point of view our main difficulty was that the building where the hospital is very old, making it difficult to install cables” said Akcayli. “Additionally, it is a very large building and over the years have added new areas such as operating rooms and administrative offices. All this should be taken into account. ”

The project started with a narrow scope, with regular updates every year as circumstances require. Today from 64 to 86 cameras, 70 of which are fixed cameras Discover, while the remaining 16 are domes SpeedDome Optima, both of American Dynamics.

With regard to access control, the project started with 96 proximity readers and has now increased to 120. Currently, the hospital uses six digital video recorders American Dynamics Intellex that record up to a month of monitoring each.

The system has continued to grow as the hospital has made a decision to protect other areas to manage the flow of people in sensitive areas of the hospital. The project began with the protection of the pharmacy, nursing stations and IT room and recently expanded into the operating rooms and administrative offices.

A new system of electronic access control has also brought order and control, not only the building, but has restricted access to general parking areas.

The integrated solution has simplified security operations, allowing guards to monitor the facility and identify incidents remotely, “he said Akcayli. “If someone is forcing a door, the system sends an alarm to the access control system to tell that someone is trying to open the door. Had a camera nearby, security personnel can view the area where the alarm went off. ”

Agbowu, director of engineering services added that “the security system has helped reduce vulnerabilities in the hospital, specifically outside of normal working hours when people entered the hospital without permission from authorized personnel. Another benefit is that the system helps the hospital with its overall disaster recovery by enabling you to unlock all doors with a button in the event of a natural disaster and people have to leave the building immediately. ”

“By combining access control with CCTV systems, we have been able to provide evidence to help the police in cases of people who have entered unauthorized areas and objects have been removed,” said Agbowu.

Today, the hospital relies on the integrated security system to manage daily operations. If an incident occurs, the security personnel can now protect doors, gates and runners at the touch of a button. The security solution has also helped the hospital to reduce violence, vandalism, to prevent criminal activities (such as child abduction) and better manage their visiting hours.

The future
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is an institution that is constantly improving its practices and procedures, including medical conferences and training program for staff. In terms of infrastructure, there are also plans for renovation and remodelling of the building, which will result, soon, another update of its security solution.

According Agbowu, hospital reviews its security systems each year, determining the need for additional access control or to install more cameras in more vulnerable areas.

“As time goes on, we hope to have all installations permanently protected. We also believe that make better use of the monitoring system because now the cameras are monitored daily, “concludes Agbowu.

The future of the project includes the implementation of the unified solution victor video and security, which will allow the hospital to continue to improve their security systems to manage cameras, both IP and analogue, from a single interface.

  • by tansal
  • posted at 8:00 pm
  • March 18, 2013

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