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U.S. National Park Service safeguards Statue of Liberty with new digital surveillance system

“With strategic placement of network cameras throughout the Liberty District, we’re able to capture incidents from multiple angles simultaneously, which makes it easier to determine what happened and how it happened.” Captain Greg Norman, Commander of Liberty District for the National Park Service.


After Hurricane Sandy struck Liberty and Ellis Islands in 2012, part of the eight-month restoration project included installing a new surveillance system to help U.S. Park Police (USPP) and the National Park Service (NPS) protect the millions of families who visit each year. The goal was to provide intelligent perimeter security for the islands, complete coverage for the entire interior of the statue, and enhanced coverage of the security screening facilities at the ferry landings in New York and New Jersey. The technology would help park personnel monitor visitor lines, assist ferry operations, and expedite responses to emergencies.


Total Recall Corporation, a video-centric security technology provider and Axis partner, designed, donated, and installed a cutting-edge security solution that included more than 160 megapixel and HDTV-quality fixed dome and pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) network cameras from Axis controlled by a sophisticated Milestone XProtect® enterprise-class video management system (VMS) running on 11 Pivot3 vSTAC Watch converged storage and compute appliances. Using a mix of fiber and wireless connections from Proxim Wireless and DragonWave, the new IP-based system would help the National Park Service cover areas of the islands that were previously unreachable with the old analog system.


NPS is using Axis cameras and sophisticated search and viewing software from Milestone and BriefCam to provide critical situational awareness, help locate and reunite visitors who get separated from each other, verify claims of lost property, investigate construction mishaps, and reroute ferries to different docks in realtime to minimize landing backups. All video data is processed, stored, and protected on Pivot3 appliances so that NPS can access video in real time and into the future.

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