A healthy dose of parking lot security with Axis Communications

Good Samaritan Hospital uses Axis network cameras to ensure employee safety and vehicle security

“There’s such a vast difference in brightness and clarity between the Axis network cameras and the analog cameras we use elsewhere throughout the hospital. Even at night we can identify the driver and see if the car has an employee sticker.“ Bill Fagan, director of security for Good Samaritan Hospital.


When Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center on Long Island, NY began construction of a satellite parking lot for employees, the location presented a surveillance challenge. The hospital wanted to stream video back to its security operations center for 24/7 monitoring but, with the lot several blocks from the main building, Good Samaritan couldn’t incur the expense and disruption caused by trenching cable between the sites.


A+ Technology Solutions, a NY-based integrator and Axis channel partner, designed a wireless solution to transmit video from an array of Axis pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) network cameras back to the hospital. A+ Technology connected an access control system for the parking lot gate to a Motorola PTP500 55MBPS Link and installed emergency call buttons at four bus shelters. The latter allows employees to request a shuttle bus or report an emergency. The entire system is centrally controlled by an intuitive DynaView video management system (VMS) from IPVideo Corporation, an Axis application development partner.


The network cameras augment the hospital’s mobile security force that patrols the premises around-the-clock. Since video is monitored 24/7, if security receives an alert from a bus shelter, they can redirect the nearest camera to closely observe the situation while dispatching a patrol car. Embedded motion detection and autotracking features on the Axis cameras enable security to detect and follow trespassers and unauthorized motorists until a security officer arrives on the scene.

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