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Calgary Zoo picks Omnicast for facility

The Calgary Zoo has selected Omnicast — Quebec-based Genetec’s IP video surveillance solution to protect its visitors, staff and animals.

August 1, 2007  By Staff

Established in 1929 the Calgary Zoo is the second largest in Canada and is home to over 290 species. The zoo needed a reliable security solution that would be beneficial not only to their staff but to the animals as well.  Accredited as a “world-class zoo” by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Calgary Zoo has a history of commitment to conservation and education. As such Omnicast was found to be the perfect security solution for the Calgary Zoo.

Omnicast allows 24/7 monitoring for visitors, staff, and the animals alike. One of the system’s chief advantages is its archiving capabilities for example, if an animal were to hurt itself overnight, zoo officials are able to review the situation from the footage.

The zoo currently has 20 IP and 24 analogue cameras managed by Omnicast. The zoo originally had a VHS system that changed to DVRs. However, whenever a new camera was to be added, more hardware was needed and costs were driven too high. The Omnicast software-based solution allows the zoo to scale cameras and is exceeding expectations with its PTZ  control and intuitive simple archiver.

Though the Calgary Zoo has its own access control system, it is also looking into Synergis and a more comprehensive control room complete with a monitor wall and joysticks in the near future.    

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