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Rainbow Bullet Cameras Protect 21st century architectural site

Rainbow : 16 July, 2009  (Application Story)
Avant Garde Wisconsin headquarters of SC Johnson using IP video surveillance system for protection including the use of bullet cameras from Rainbow
Rainbow Bullet Cameras Protect 21st century architectural site
Bullet cameras from California-based Rainbow CCTV are contributing to security at a site designed by one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, Frank Lloyd Wright.

The units are pole-mounted at gate entries as part of an IP-addressable solution for SC Johnson at its Wisconsin headquarters in Racine on the shore of Lake Michigan. The cameras are fitted to a Network Video server which allows them to form an integral part of an IP-based video system. SC Johnson staff with widely differing job functions from various site locations are able to access a web address in order to monitor their visitors on arrival.

The world headquarters and administration building of SC Johnson is an example of streamlined design. It has 200 types of curved red bricks and Pyrex glass tubing within its ceiling and distinctive clerestories. The building is characterized by Lloyd Wright's hallmark compression and release of space.

The 'IP vs analogue' debate continues throughout the industry with many judicious end-users realising that hybrid solutions form an effective middle ground for the time being. Customers often find that with judicious cabling, conventional cameras offer significant advantages over IP addressable models since camera and housing options are more extensive. At this site the bullet units have contributed to a compact solution with excellent waterproofing. The wider range of camera styling is also important on heritage sites such as the location described here where the visual impression on visitors is paramount.

Rainbow's bullet cameras are valued by users for their robust housings which offer protection against the elements and ensure that the work of integrators on site is problem-free. These 1/3" cameras are available in a variety of configurations including fixed 3.6mm and 8mm lenses, 4~9mm vari-focal lens and IR LEDs.

SC Johnson is a leading manufacturer of household cleaning products, selling across 110 nations with operations from 72 countries. Unusually for a corporation of its size, SC Johnson is family-owned and management has passed down five generations.

The Rainbow cameras have also been installed at a structure known as Wingspread. This was commissioned as a private residence by company president Herbert Johnson as he became increasingly interested in Lloyd Wright's design approach during the 1930s.

The SC Johnson buildings at Racine are a significant part of America's industrial heritage. Frank Lloyd Wright is most celebrated for the house 'Fallingwater' in rural south-western Pennsylvania which consistently polls as the best all-time piece of American architecture and has made the cover of 'Time' magazine.

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