Holiday Inn Express hotel implements IP technology

Holiday Inn Express hotel implements IP technology for both guest services and video surveillance security.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 11 Feburay 2005

The Holiday Inn Express in Morgan Hill, California is offering tomorrows' technology today in a free high-speed network for Web access via IP, or Internet Protocol. They are also using Milestone XProtect IP video surveillance to manage their security needs. They have a hybrid solution at this installation that combines analog and digital technology for efficient re-use of their previous system setup.

IP connectivity works for everyone

The Holiday Inn Express in Morgan Hill is a customer of Kyber Networks, a company that provides high-tech connectivity. Kyber provided their service of high-speed Internet access to this hotel, and in that connection also recommended that they use IP video for improving their surveillance needs. They contacted Milestone partner Ojo Technology to handle the surveillance implementation.

Kirt Mulji, CEO at Kyber Networks, explains: "They can use the surveillance system to keep an eye on any suspicious characters, and monitor them walking through the hotel, to see if they are going through the right areas, following them on the screen from camera view to camera view. The hotel previously had a situation with a stolen projector and a flat screen, but the old VCR evidence was so bad the police couldn’t use it! The new system would be no problem in this regard - even if it were an ‘inside job’."

Milestone software umbrella

"In order to minimize the costs for the customer, we utilized existing analog cabling and low-voltage power delivery to the camera locations. We upgraded the existing analog cameras to Panasonic model WV-CP244, and added some Axis 2110 network cameras in two new locations. The analog cameras were brought under the umbrella of the Milestone XProtect software via Axis 2400+ video servers that convert the analog video to digital Motion-JPEG across CAT-5 network cabling," states Mike Maddox, Vice President at Ojo Technology.