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Total Recall secures Lady Liberty

It took systems integrator Total Recall more than one year to get government approval to donate a leading edge security system to protect the Statue of Liberty. Plans were well underway last year when Super Storm Sandy hit and derailed them. Learn the details of how Total Recall completed the $4 million project in a compressed time frame in time for this year's July 4 celebration, with help from nine technology partners.

$4 million project was donated by Total Recall, with help from nine tech providers. It took systems integrator Total Recall more than one year to get government approval to donate a leading edge security system to protect the Statue of Liberty. Plans were well underway on October 29, 2012, when Super Storm Sandy hit.

“Plans changed dramatically the night Sandy hit,” Jordan Heilweil, president of Total Recall, told Security Systems News, during an early morning media tour Nov. 20 of the Statue of Liberty.

After Sandy, the water level was nearly 20 feet higher than normal, swelling to the base of the statue. The damage to the site and to Ellis Island were extensive and would require a massive reconstruction effort. Yet, the U.S. Park Police was determined to have the statue re-opened to the public on July 4 of this year.

To meet that deadline, Total Recall had to redesign certain aspects of the project plan and work around the schedules of various construction crews. And it didn't have the benefit of power on site; it had to rely on generators.

“Total Recall worked within a compressed time frame, night after night, after the construction workers went home,” said Park Police Capt. Greg Norman.

The park reopened on time, with a brand new security system in place and online, thanks to Total Recall and nine technology partners.

The IP-based wireless system encompasses both Liberty Island, where the statue is, and Ellis Island, where the new command center is located. The perimeter of the system extends to Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., where passengers board ferries.

The technology partners who helped to make the project possible with special partner pricing considerations include: Axis Communications, which provided more than 150 HDTV IP cameras; BriefCam, which provided video synopsis software, which can very quickly review hours of surveillance video; DragonWave, which provided multigigabyte microwave radios; Milestone Systems, which proved the VMS; Pivot3, which provided storage; Proxim, which provided wide area wireless broadband; RGB Spectrum, which enables multiple video feeds [64 screens] to be displayed on a video display wall using its MediaWall 2900 Display Processor; Scallop Imaging, which provided solid state M6-200 IP cameras with a 200-degree panoramic view for perimeter security; and Winsted Corporation, which provided command center consoles.

Read the full article in Security Systems News.