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Intelligent Video Lifecycle Management sways Pittsburgh Zoo in favour of TimeSight

TimeSight Systems : 13 January, 2010  (Application Story)
Pittsburgh Zoo is protecting its animals, visitors, staff and premises with the use of TimeSight Systems Video Surveillance Platform enabling video retention with minimum storage costs as well as legacy camera connection capability
TimeSight Systems, experts in the practice of video lifecycle management (VLM) for video surveillance, has announced the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has implemented the company's intelligent Video Management System (VMS) platform to help protect the visitors, employees, animals and exhibits and to provide long-term audit ability and accountability. A 77-acre naturalistic habitat zoo that is home to thousands of animals, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium proudly exhibits 10 threatened and 62 endangered species, and is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country.

The Zoo's choice of TimeSight follows a wave of industry awards in recognition of TimeSight's video surveillance platform that is unique in its ability to provide automated VLM, allowing rich video images to be stored for long retention periods at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives. The accolades include the Security Industry Association's prestigious "Best Video Device" award and the esteemed ASIS Accolades award, given to TimeSight for its unique approach to security technology.

"As one of the top 10 zoos in the nation, we serve over a million visitors a year," said Connie George, director of Marketing and Public Relations, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. "TimeSight's ability to help us maximize the quality of video from our cameras and to provide us with months, instead of days, of storage allows us to protect our guests, employees and animals. It is important for us to have solid, auditable video data history for months to come, and we have used this feature many times to observe visitor trends, as well as behavioural developments and births of animals such as painted dogs, tigers and polar bears. With TimeSight, we can also meet requirements from the payment card industry associations over longer periods of time."

Even in challenging economic times, the video surveillance market continues to perform well. Recently released forecasts from market intelligence research firm In-Stat found that after a challenging 2009, revenue from surveillance cameras, DVR/NVR, and IP encoders is expected to grow to over $19 billion in 2011 in the US alone. With higher quality cameras and the ability to store this data for longer periods of time with VLM, video also continues to become more valuable to an organization beyond traditional security for use in liability mitigation, operations and marketing.

"Our VLM solutions are stellar for public spaces and tourist attractions that need to capture higher resolution video and retain it longer while using a smaller storage footprint," said Charles Foley, chairman and CEO, TimeSight Systems. "We help these markets meet the demands of both increasing regulations and emerging best practices to protect their assets while also providing the most cost effective solution in these economic times."

TimeSight Systems offers the only intelligent Network Video recorder (NVR) to provide automated VLM capability. VLM is the practice of reducing the size of stored video over time, according to business rules, as the video ages and becomes less relevant. The result is massive storage savings. TimeSight's use of VLM through dynamic H.264 compression, along with its exclusive Motion Optimised Recording (MORe), makes higher resolution analogue and IP solutions even more effective and affordable. In addition, TimeSight's Analogue Camera Environment (ACe) feature brings plug-n-play capability for existing analogue cameras into an NVR, with better image quality and longer retention than currently possible on most DVRs, in a small, economical footprint.
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