Case Study Virtua Healthcare System in New Jersey Transitions to

Case Study Virtua Healthcare System in New Jersey Transitions to
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Virtua is a comprehensive health
care system headquartered in
Marlton, New Jersey that consists of four hospitals: Virtua
Berlin, Virtua Marlton, Virtua
Memorial and Virtua Voorhees.
The company also owns and operates an ambulatory care center in Camden, New Jersey, and
rehabilitation and long-term
care centers, home care, physical therapy and mobile intensive
care units throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and
surrounding counties. Additionally, Virtua operates a health and
wellness center in Washington
Township, New Jersey with plans
to open another in Moorestown,
New Jersey, and is in the process
of completing a new healthcare
campus in Voorhees, New Jersey,
which will include a state-ofthe-art digital hospital and outpatient center. All of Virtua’s facilities will incorporate the latest
technologies designed to ensure
quality clinical services, patient
safety and privacy within a healing environment.
Virtua had already made a substantial investment in analog
video surveillance systems at
each of its existing facilities to
date, but when the company’s security management team looked
to integrate them under a single
control platform, they quickly
realized shortcomings relative to
video resolution, coverage capabilities and the ability to access
usable recorded images. Pan-tiltzoom cameras were installed in
several locations to increase coverage capabilities, but these systems required operators to manage the cameras, which further
added fixed costs to maintaining the current systems. With
the intent of increasing both
performance and functionality,
Virtua’s security management
team planned to transition from
analog cameras to IP-based network megapixel cameras, using
a hybrid approach to support an
eventual migration to an integrated networked platform.
Virtua Healthcare System in New Jersey
Transitions to Megapixel Video
Arecont Vision Cameras Deliver HD Images Capable of Large Area Surveillance
Virtua is a comprehensive healthcare system headquartered in Marlton, New Jersey that chose
to transition from analog cameras to IP-based network megapixel cameras.
Virtua called on the services of CM3
Building Solutions of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania to design and install their new system,
as well as local manufacturer’s representative,
ASR Enterprises, Inc. to assist with equipment selection. After choosing ExacqVision
NVRs, Virtua’s management team met with
various megapixel camera suppliers to review
their product lines and to see demos. After
extensive testing and analysis, Arecont Vision
megapixel cameras were selected for Virtua’s
new system as a result of their superior resolution, processing power, product selection and
use of H.264 compression technology.
New Arecont Vision megapixel cameras
added to the security systems throughout Virtua’s facilities are connected to ExacqVision’s
hybrid network video recorders (NVRs). The
system design allows for the seamless transi-
AV2155 2 Megapixel H.264 IP MegaDome™ Camera
Key Features
• 1600 (H) 1200 (V)
• 24fps @ 1600x1200
• 32fps @ 1280x1024
• H.264 (MPEG4, Part 10) Motion JPEG
• Color: 0.1 Lux @F1.4
• Day/Night: 0 Lux, IR Sensitive
• Integrated MP Camera, MP Lens, Dome Housing
• IP66 Weatherproofing
• Vandal Resistant
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tion to a networked platform over time, eliminating the need to
AV2155 and AV3105. Arecont Vision’s SurroundVideo® AV8185
immediately replace all existing analog cameras. The hybrid reis an 8 megapixel, 180-degree panoramic H.264 IP camera that
cording solution also enables Virtua to immediately capitalize on
incorporates four 2-megapixel CMOS image sensors to provide
the performance and cost efficiencies of Arecont Vision mega6400x1200-pixel panoramic images at 5.5 frames-per-second
pixel cameras in locations where they are most needed, with
(fps). The panoramic view can also be set at lower resolutions
the ability to easily integrate additional megapixel cameras over
to provide faster frame rates, such as 1600x1200-pixel images at
22 fps or 800x600-pixel images at 88 fps. Low-light sensitivity is
To preserve the integrity of security operations, new Arecont
0.2 lux at F2.0. The 180-degree panoramic camera can substitute
Vision megapixel cameras and
up to 24 analog cameras.
ExacqVision NVRs are inFeatures include image
stalled on a dedicated network
cropping and up to four
connected by an NVR server
regions of interest for foDue to the exceptional resolution
with dual network interface
rensic examination and
provided by Arecont Vision’s megapixel
controller (NIC) cards. This
digital PTZ.
cameras, and the deployment of several
method isolates video band
Virtua also uses 2
width from the hospital’s data
megapixel MegaAV8185 panoramic cameras, we have easily
network until video needs to
Dome® IP cameras from
expanded our coverage capabilities using
be viewed via a remote cliArecont Vision. Model
fewer cameras with outstanding results
ent. The NVRs are installed
AV3155DN-1HK is a 3
locally with varying storage
megapixel H.264 netrequirements based on current
work (IP) MegaDome
camera counts and anticipated
integrated camera, lens
future expansion. Virtua’s smaller facilities have 2 Terabytes of
and IP66-rated dome providing 2048x1536-pixel images at 15
storage, while hospitals and larger facilities have storage capacifps and 0.2 lux light sensitivity at F1.4. Features of the all-in-one
ties ranging from 8 to 40 Terabytes.
camera include a 1/2” CMOS sensor and Arecont Vision’s Mega Surveillance and access control systems for Virtua’s hospiVideo® image processing at 80 billion operations per second. The
tals, long-term care facilities, health and fitness centers, and corcamera employs H.264 (MPEG 4, Part 10) compression to miniporate business services facilities are monitored centrally at the
mize bandwidth and storage requirements while maintaining
company’s Incident Command Center (ICC) located in Camden,
real-time image resolution. Capabilities include motion detecNew Jersey. The ICC is the location that also dispatches security
tion, image cropping, region-of-interest viewing and the ability
personnel to all facilities.
to zoom into an image after it is archived (forensic zooming).
The megapixel cameras used throughout the Virtua sysVirtua uses the day/night (DN) model featuring a motorized IR
tem include Arecont Vision models AV8185, AV3155DN-1HK,
cut filter which is removed in low light conditions to provide in-
AV3105 3 Megapixel IP Camera
AV8185 8 Megapixel IP Camera
Key Features
• 2048(H)x1536 (V)
• 15 fps @ 2048(H)x1536 (V)
• H.264 (MPEG4, Part 10),
Motion JPEG
• Color: 0.2 Lux @ F1.4
• Forensic Zooming
• Motion detection
• Motorized IR cut filter
(DN Version)
Key Features
• 1600(H) x 1200(V) each sensor
• 6400(H) x 1200(V) total
• 22fps @ 1600 x 1200
• 88fps @ 800x600
• H.264 (MPEG , Part 10),
Motion JPEG
• 0.2 Lux @ F2.0
• Motion Detection
• Vandal Resistant
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the Arecont Vision’s AV3105 3 megapixel box camera, which has
specifications similar to the Arecont Vision AV3155 dome.
3 Megapixel H.264 IP MegaDome™ Camera
Key Features
• 2048 (H) 1536 (V)
• 12fps @ 2048 (H) 1536 (V)
• H.264 (MPEG4, Part 10) Motion JPEG
• Color: 0.2 Lux @F1.4
• Day/Night: 0 Lux, IR Sensitive
• Integrated MP Camera, MP Lens, Dome Housing
• IP66 Weatherproofing
• Vandal Resistant
creased sensitivity.
The 2 megapixel Arecont Vision AV2155 MegaDome® has
similar features and provides 1600x1200-pixel images at 24 fps,
with low-light sensitivity of 0.1 lux at F1.4. Both domes feature
a camera gimbal with 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt adjustments for easy installation. Also used at various Virtua sites is
The image quality and digital PTZ capabilities of Arecont
Vision megapixel cameras far exceed analog and conventional
IP cameras allowing Virtua to capture and record extremely detailed video images over large coverage areas. Combined with
recent cost reductions in NVR storage and network switches, the
use of fewer cameras allows Virtua to transition to high-quality
video with the highest levels of cost-efficiency, which translates
into lower total cost of ownership and overall higher ROI.
Arecont Vision’s megapixel cameras also allow for significant upgrades in system functionality compared to standard-resolution IP cameras. In addition to lower bandwidth and storage
requirements, megapixel cameras dramatically decrease costs
related to other elements of a system, including fewer software
licenses, fewer lenses and a decrease in man-hours needed to install and operate systems. Additionally, Arecont Vision megapixel cameras’ ability to provide highly accurate digital PTZ functionality translates into fewer moving parts than traditional PTZ
systems, which reduces maintenance costs and the potential for
“Due to the exceptional resolution provided by Arecont Vision’s megapixel cameras, and the deployment of several AV8185
panoramic cameras, we have easily expanded our coverage capabilities using fewer cameras with outstanding results,” said Paul
M. Sarnese, System Safety Director, Virtua Health. “The performance of our new surveillance systems has helped us to improve
overall security. It has been a win-win situation for Virtua.”
The Arecont Vision system proves its value on a daily basis monitoring more than 4 million square feet of coverage area.
After a recent incident at one facility, Virtua’s ICC staff reviewed
crystal clear megapixel images within minutes and quickly distributed them to security managers and personnel throughout
the enterprise for immediate action.
Arecont Vision is the leading manufacturer of high-performance megapixel IP cameras and associated software. Arecont Vision products are
made in the USA and feature low-cost massively parallel image processing architectures MegaVideo® and SurroundVideo® that represent a
drastic departure from traditional analog and network camera designs.
All-in-one products such as MegaDome® and MegaView™ provide installer friendly solutions. Compact JPEG and H.264 series of cameras address cost sensitive applications. These innovative technologies enable
Arecont Vision to deliver multi-megapixel digital video at IP VGA camera price points.
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