Artful surveillance

The Art Institute blends Axis network cameras into gallery décor

"Our new Axis network cameras and Honeywell video management system help us ensure the safety of visitors as they enjoy our exhibits as well as heighten the security around our irreplaceable collection of art." Michelle Lehrman Jenness, Associate Vice President in the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Protection Services.

Mission

The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the premier fine arts museums in the United States, is undergoing a major expansion to create a new wing to house its Modern Art collection. As part of the new construction process, the Department of Protection Services used the opportunity to re-evaluate its current analog surveillance system. Since the museum only closes its doors three days a year, a flexible, state-of-the-art IP-based system was the solution for minimal impact on museum operations.

Solution

The museum selected several models of Axis network cameras as the basis for its new surveillance standard along with Honeywell Digital Video Manager software, a digital closed-circuit television surveillance system. Working with security provider Honeywell, the museum staff placed network cameras through the museum complex to deter criminal activity and secure the safety of its visitors and its extensive art collection.

Result

With the new Axis network cameras and Honeywell video management system, the Illinois museum is able to expand coverage beyond what its older analog system could provide. Museum staff can monitor any location from multiple review points on the network and easily share incidents captured on video. "This solution provides a great tool for the security staff to observe museum activity," said Michelle Lehrman Jenness, an associate vice president in the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Protection Services.

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