Anixter and IBM Secure City
- READY!℠ Deployment
- READY!℠ Camera
- Ready-to-install camera kits
- Met tight implementation timeline
- Reduction of waste at the job site
In light of security challenges around the globe, cities are under increased pressure to provide a safe environment for their businesses and residents. Forward-thinking municipalities are proactively taking steps to assure they are doing everything possible to maintain the security of their citizens while not encroaching on the aspects that make city life appealing to residents and corporations alike.
Leveraging its strength in public sector technology solutions, IBM Global Services secured an assignment to develop and implement a security system for a major metropolitan city.
The challenge: not just deploy surveillance cameras throughout the city’s business district—one of the largest in the U.S.—but also seamlessly integrate them into the recent beautification efforts without sacrificing security.
IBM turned to an alliance partner, Anixter, for assistance with the complex infrastructure required. After several rounds of meetings with city officials, a plan was developed that everyone was confident would achieve the program’s objectives.
The city’s goals for the program were to increase security, increase visibility with their 9-1-1 call center, make its businesses and citizens safer, provide surveillance to prevent problems before they occurred and help with its disaster readiness program. Given their expertise in the communications and security field, Anixter provided the technology proof of concept required for the project. After reviewing Anixter’s proposal, the city’s participating divisions, including the Mayor’s Office, eagerly gave the green light to move forward, but with an important caveat. Since the work was being done in the city’s business district, the actual installation of the cameras and necessary infrastructure could only take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. to minimize the impact on business. The initial phase of the security project called for installing over 260 cameras on existing light poles.
Anixter and IBM worked together to specify the products necessary to meet the security project requirements. To fulfill the products specified, IBM developed customized housings that contained the necessary infrastructure to make the cameras work and included key components such as Ethernet ports and wireless access points. IBM also managed all aspects of project management and coordinated with a multitude of vendors on this project.
IBM chose Anixter not only for its technical expertise, but also for its ability to serve as a single source for all the required infrastructure products. In addition, Anixter had the deployment capabilities to ease the complex construction process.