National historic treasure is protected by modern IP video surveillance

Wireless access and systems integration with future scalability.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 18 January 2006.

The Hotel Northampton, a registered property in the National Trust for Historic Preservation, had unique challenges for a new security system from Viocen, Inc. Flexible IP video surveillance using Milestone Systems software allows wireless access and integration with other devices for an optimal solution.

The Hotel Northampton is an elegant, full service hospitality establishment with 106 guest rooms, multiple restaurants, bars, function rooms and ballrooms, enjoyed by 50,000 visitors yearly. As a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it is registered as one of the valuable Historic Hotels of America, representing the heritage and development of the nation. The carefully preserved architectural beauty, historic richness and charm of this gracious hotel reflect founder Lewis Wiggins’ love for the Colonial Revival style and antique furnishings. These historic qualities that lend the hotel its special charm also brought a unique challenge when it came to deciding on a new security system, installed by the Milestone Certified Partner and expert systems integrator, Viocen Inc.

"The hotel’s antique architecture and preservation requirements made it impossible to run coax lines for a traditional analog surveillance installation, so the wireless IP cameras were the only solution," states Merhdad Sheik, VP of Engineering & Clients Services at Viocen.

Viocen Inc. has installed a wireless IP video surveillance system using Milestone XProtect Professional software managing a mix of camera models from Axis Communications and Toshiba. The Milestone software was selected not only for its support of the widest choice in network hardware, full feature set, and robust, reliable operations, but also because its open platform allows savvy partners like Viocen to integrate with other devices: they are implementing wireless door sensors that interface with the surveillance system, triggered to record on activation.

"Without the IP camera system, the hotel would have to dispatch an employee into an unknown situation to respond to an event. Now they have instant visual assessment and recorded video of the situation prior to dispatching the individual. The operator can now make a sound judgment to respond or alert the proper authority. This allows the hotel to better protect its guests and employees," explains Bill Mitchell, VP Sales and Marketing for Viocen Inc.

The Hotel Northampton is now well protected with an efficient, cost-effective and easy to use IP video surveillance system that suits the special environment requirements, and is scalable for handling any future needs.

"We have implemented the new solution for the security and safety of our guests and employees. The state of the art system is the key to the prevention and documentation of an event. The Milestone surveillance software, along with Viocen’s value-added contributions, delivers a system that is extensible to address emerging security needs," says Mansour Ghalibaf, General Manager at the Hotel Northampton in Massachusetts.