CoxHealth prescribes Axis to stem crime

Missouri hospital curbs vandalism and theft with Axis network cameras and encoders

“We need to protect more than 2.3 million square feet of property around the clock. We couldn’t possibly hire enough people to cover all the ground that the Axis cameras do.” Joe Rushing, director of public safety and security for CoxHealth.


Patrolling its 52-acre campus was stretching security resources to the limit for CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri. When the hospital built a new 780-car parking garage, public safety managers decided a more robust network-based surveillance system would help them dispatch mobile officers more effectively. They also needed a system that would deliver forensic-quality video both inside and outside of the hospital to expedite investigations and criminal prosecution.


NetWatch, a Springfield, Missouri-based IP surveillance system provider and Axis partner, installed an array of Axis pan/tilt/zoom and HD-quality network cameras throughout the new parking garage. Network cameras have also been deployed at the new ambulatory surgery center. Due to the hospital’s early success with IP, NetWatch is network-enabling older analog technology with video encoders to unify surveillance technology campus-wide. The cameras now run on a separate, secure video network in order to maintain the chain-of-evidence standards equired by the courts. OnSSI’s Ocularis NetDVMS recorder with Ocularis Client Lite VMS centralizes viewing and investigation on all of the workstations.


Since security staffers are commissioned law enforcement officers, CoxHealth capitalizes on its extensive video coverage to successfully apprehend and prosecute offenders. The deterrent value of prominently placed cameras has also been enormous. And to further improve on these results, CoxHealth plans to migrate to a full network-based enterprise-wide surveillance system.

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