New Video Surveillance In May 2008
Video surveillance provides more comprehensive monitoring and a heightened level of safety for inmates and workers. “We wanted to make sure our video surveillance was up to par and a new system with 55 cameras was installed in May 2008,” tells Axel Withers, Head of Security for the Immigration Service at the national police in Norway. The detention center had earlier an old surveillance solution with limited functionalities and big quad monitors jamming the control room. But they still wanted to benefit from the functioning analog cameras that had been installed earlier. To provide a smooth migration towards IP surveillance, Mirasys V series, a hybrid recorder, was chosen by Trandum’s alien detention center to replace the ageing system. The migration project was designed by ADI-Alarmsystem AS Norway and installed by Nor-Alarm Öst.
Mirasys V series is a complete set of hybrid recorders that support both legacy analog cameras as well as IP cameras. Mirasys V series recorders are delivered with Mirasys NVR Enterprise software. “It offers an intuitive, user-friendly interface that enables security staff to quickly get up to speed and supports smart searches of archived images for fast response to events,” comments Kato Lystad from ADI-Alarmsystem. “Moreover, the Mirasys V series scales easily, so it supports the addition of more cameras at the facility if needs should arise in the future”.
Video Surveillance Provides Visual Evidence
The detention center is a facility where tension is high as many of the persons held here are desperate. This can result in fights, outbursts and other disturbances. Unfortunately it also happens that personnel get assaulted. “We have had cases where the detained have accused our personnel of misconduct. But video surveillance footage proved that our personnel was not acting out of line,” explains Withers. The detention center has a responsibility to keep the detained safe and alive. There is legal precedence in case law to support this responsibility. “Putting an inmate under constant surveillance can sometimes be the only way to ensure that they are not going to harm themselves and video surveillance has been a great aid,” tells Withers. The Trandum detention center is divided into four sections, two for single men, one for single ladies and one for families. Every section is divided into a day room, kitchen, dormitories and bathroom facilities. “We also have visiting rooms and an activity center in a separate building where the detainees can listen to music, study, use a computer, watch TV or play sports”, explains Withers. “Here the surveillance system provides an enhanced level of safety when the detained are escorted through the yard”.