Using video surveillance to identify emergency situations

A maternity hospital in Ecuador uses cameras to assist patients unable to communicate their needs, as well as for overall security

“We know that it’s a long-term investment in open-source technology that will allow us to expand the project.” Engineer Freddy Matamoros Espinosa, operations manager at the Women’s Hospital.


One of the most advanced hospitals in Latin America is located in Guayaquil. This Ecuadorian city has a set of healthcare facilities with a total of 939 beds – including the Alfredo Paulson Women’s Hospital – that aim to provide state-of-the-art healthcare services. This facility deals primarily with obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN), in addition to 16 other specialized areas, providing services to more than 800 women per day and performing an average of 50 baby deliveries daily – regardless of whether a patient has health insurance or not.


Axis partner Melacorp devised a network camera system with the hospital’s future needs and vision in mind that delivers long-term cost efficiency by using a completely scalable technology. A total of 235 cameras cover over 87,000 square feet over five floors and including the parking areas outside of this new facility that provides specialized attention to women and maternity. The software chosen for the project was VMS Milestone Expert® 2014, provided by Axis partner, Milestone, that not only allows for the entire system to be interconnected but also offers the option of scalability for the future – to accommodate the hospital’s vision over the coming years.


With the implementation of this monitoring system that covers operating rooms, intensive care units and laboratories, among other areas, the entity responsible for managing the hospital achieved two goals: oversight of day-to-day building circulation was improved, as well as the ability to more quickly respond to emergencies in critical hallway areas. These live images help when patients suffer a sudden setback but aren’t able to communicate it to the care team.

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