Video Surveillance for the Chicago Housing Authority

Video Surveillance for the Chicago Housing Authority

Client: Chicago Housing Authority

LATA designed and installed a wireless security camera network at the Lowden Homes CHA housing facility. The system included 27 dome cameras, 3 PTZ cameras, 12 wireless access points, network architecture, video server, storage and other related equipment to link these cameras back to the CHA Operations Control Center. An extensive fiber optic cable plant was installed to connect various buildings in the project together to provide backbone for the network.

Each camera is hard wired via RG59 U coax cable to a network transmitter housed within enclosures at specified building locations per system design. Each network transmitter has an IP address and supports up to 6 cameras. The network transmitter is connected to the 802.11b/g WLAN via a Cisco Micro-hub and router. The WLAN access point is housed in an enclosure. A low loss cable links each of the access points to antennas, which are placed at the proper altitude above the rooflines to optimize WLAN transmission and reception. Individual camera video images can be maneuvered anywhere on the video monitors, both on-site and at remote locations, which allows CHA management control.

Additionally, there is a SCSI video storage array consisting of over 1 terabyte (TB) of digital data and capable of storing over one week’s worth of video data, as per requirements. Each computer has a UPS.