Municipal Utility Powers up Infrastructure Protection

Intransa Video Data Management & Retention Key to Surveillance System

SAN JOSE, Texas and LAS VEGAS, Nevada — April 1, 2009.  Intransa, the leader in video data management and retention solutions for physical security, today at ISC West, announced it has been selected by Garland Power & Light, a southwestern municipal utility, to upgrade the company's surveillance systems for physical infrastructure protection.
Since 1923, the City of Garland has been providing electric service to its citizens through Garland Power & Light (GP&L), a locally owned and controlled not-for-profit municipal utility. With nearly 68,000 customers, GP&L is the third largest municipal utility in Texas and the 41st largest in the nation.  GP&L needed to expand and enhance video surveillance protection of its wide-raging infrastructure and facilities, well beyond the capabilities of the existing IP-based CCTV system.
“The IP surveillance system is a major component in our ability to monitor and protect our critical infrastructure,” said David Grubbs, GP&L's Regulatory & Compliance Director. “The Intransa Video Data Management and Retention platform provides scalable capacity that will allow our new surveillance solution to cost effectively meet our objectives, now and in the future.”

“Because of the design of the Intransa System, we have been able to meet the bandwidth requirements of a large number of cameras recording continuously as well as vast storage capability to meet our storage requirements of up to 90 days of recorded video,” Grubbs added.
GP&L has an extensive and widely dispersed infrastructure, and wanted to improve image quality, increase coverage, and extend video retention capacity for its video surveillance system. The utility has three gas-fired generating plants with a total of 640 megawatts of generating capacity, supported by a transmission system of 23 substations and 133 miles of transmission lines. In addition, the City of Garland is a partner in the Texas Municipal Power Agency, which operates the 462 megawatt coal-fired Gibbons Creek Power Plant. GP&L's energy distribution system has 1,007 miles of overhead lines and another 1,000 miles underground.
Preferred Technology Solutions, a member of the Intransa StorPartner integrator and dealer program, architected a complete solution for GP&L, providing Axis Communications megapixel cameras for greatly improved coverage and higher image resolution. Eventually, more than 300 IP cameras are envisioned for complete video coverage to meet GP&L's requirements.
“Working with Intransa, we have integrated the three brands of previously installed IP cameras and are able to utilize the newer technologies and cameras as they become available,” said Grubbs. “We are impressed with the ease of expanding the system and are already beginning the next phase expansion of the storage system.”
The Milestone XProtect Enterprise Video Management System, running on a commodity server, provides a new level of video management and control to meet GP&L's needs for both live stream monitoring and video archiving capabilities. Milestone Systems and Axis Communications products are among the more than 150 physical security, imaging and technology solutions that have been certified for risk-free integration by the Intransa StorAlliance Technology Labs.

Supporting the new video surveillance system is an Intransa BuildingBlock Security-Grade Video Retention platform. Intransa BuildingBlock can scale from as little as 6TB (terabytes) of non-stop video retention and instant playback. Additional capacity and performance can be modularly added, without ever halting recording or playback, providing for years of retention capacity of 1,500TB or more.
The fault-resilient Intransa BuildingBlock platform delivers advanced RAID protection to eliminate the risk of lost video that plagues analog CCTV environments. Hot-swap technology provides non-stop recording, with unattended operation supported by email alerts, and without the need for downtime for maintenance. Access to both live and recorded video as well as to system admin tasks can be performed when needed from any authorized location with IP access, providing increased flexibility and reduced administration for GP&L.

A more detailed description of the GP&L solution can also be downloaded from the Intransa case study library online.

About Intransa
Intransa, Inc. is the leading innovator of video data management and retention (VDMR) solutions for physical security for future-proof, greener surveillance. Intransa security-grade video solutions increase reliability and video retention, providing critical information to security practitioners, and dramatically reducing physical security cost.

Beginning as a spin-off from Fortune 500 company and networking pioneer 3Com, Intransa customers have benefited worldwide since 2003. Intransa's ground-breaking Video Storage Administrator (VSA) eliminates the need for extensive IT knowledge and security operator retraining, while delivering all the benefits of IP technology to existing CCTV systems and new IP-based deployments. The Intransa Sharable Security Platform enables physical security vendors to deploy their solutions without complicated server technology that can add cost and complexity, while leveraging the full line of Intransa shared, external retention solutions designed for physical security.

Advanced, patented Intransa technology is certified with over 100 physical security, imaging and IT applications by the StorAlliance Technology Labs, including DVRs, NVRs, video management systems, IP and surveillance cameras, physical security information managers, infrastructure providers, video analytics, physical security utilities, authentication, access control, imaging, and biometrics.

Intransa believes in and supports industry standards and green technology. A member of the Security Industry Association, the American Correctional Association, The Green Grid consortium for advancing energy efficiency in computing ecosystems, and the Storage Networking Industry Association and its Green Storage Initiative, Intransa employees are also supporters of ASIS International and the ASIS Physical Security Council.

Intransa physical security solutions benefit customers worldwide in an ever growing mix of hotels and casinos, correctional facilities, police departments and law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and insurance providers, airports, hospitals and medical centers, managed service providers, telecommunications vendors, retailers and shopping centers, auto dealers, transit authorities, ports and shipping hubs, pharmaceutical makers, Native American organizations, colleges, universities and school districts, digital entertainment providers, energy, utilities and resources companies, and a wide variety of government users.

For more information about Intransa, to locate a StorPartner offering Intransa solutions, or to join the StorAlliance Technology Partner program, please visit

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