Big brother CCTV upgrade underway in WA

Electronic eyes to improve staff and patient security

The Western Australia Country Health Service in Perth will soon have electronic eyes again with the replacement of 16 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

It is upgrading the current system to improve security within the hospital and surrounding buildings such as a community drug service office.

The Country Health Service is part of Western Australia Health and looks after a number of hospitals throughout the state.

Using a networked digital video recording (DVR) closed circuit television system, the colour IP cameras will monitor areas from fixed vantage points on building structures.

Tender documents state the cameras need to be suitable for the areas in which they are being installed.

“Cameras in low light areas shall be capable of providing distinguishable images on monitors and recordings," the documents state. "The proposed recording system will need to accept a minium of 16 IP based cameras per DVR unit and shall be expandable if required."

Country Health also needs a PC to record the footage supplied with a minimum of 2GB RAM, high speed input/output with six USB ports and a network interface card (NIC). Two 19 inch LCD monitors are also required to view footage.

“The recording software package supplied will need to be readily expandable, fully licensed and provide access to any updates made within the first 12 months of installation at no additional cost," the documents read. "The system shall also allow remote downloading / viewing of recordings via a web browser."

The system will continually record the images to the hard disk and retain them for 90 days as part of record keeping purposes.

A five-year warranty to cover the equipment for wear and tear is expected as part of the deal. Country Health expects the cameras to be installed by 31 March.

The installation comes in the wake of WA Health going to market for new ICT infrastructure in August 2010. At the time the health authority said much of its IT equipment was ageing and past vendor support.

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