Sydney’s iconic night spot, The Bourbon, has been fitted with a Milestone VMS and Sony cameras supplied by Video Security Products and installed by integrator, PRV. It’s part of a major re-fit that has elevated the club from its seedy roots and brought some much needed mid upper class to Kings Cross.
OPENED back in 1967, the old Bourbon was a fly paper that caught Sydney’s nocturnal insects, its interior a shemozzle of everything that passes for authentic in a town chronically unsure of its own identity. American owner Bernie Houghton filled the place with flotsam from the American South and the Vietnam War. The city provided the rest. A strange amalgam of toughs, drunks, cops drowning in moral relativism and punters bored senseless by a 1970s and 80s entertainment menu that featured suburban leagues clubs as the best of bad options. Nostalgia gilt-edges the past, filming our history in Bourbon and dry development plans include a basement night club, a second level bar and a third level restaurant, among other things. These development plans are important in the context of our story, given the surveillance system installed on the ground floor of The Bourbon will expand to support these other venues as they are completed.
Given the need for temporal flexibility, it goes without saying the system is IP, supported by off the-shelf network switchers and storage servers. The cockpit for Milestone’s XProtect VMS at The Bourbon is Milestone’s thoroughly proven XProtect Professional. The smart client interface allows operators easy management of live and recorded video, as well as control of cameras and integrated security devices. Key features of Milestone include things like a multi-layered map function allowing users to manage cameras and security devices, and overlay buttons that intuitively control cameras, camera integrated devices and connected systems via camera views. There’s also a virtual joystick allowing easy PTZ control. Other neat Milestone features include a single-point alarm management function, the ability to bookmark video sequences with attached notes, independent playback while viewing live video and multi-screen handling, incorporating floating windows across multiple screens.
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