The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), located in the heart of the Orlando, Florida tourism district, is the nation's second largest convention facility and a world-class destination. The complex is comprised of two separate buildings connected by a 1,500-foot, open-air bridge with moving sidewalks across International Drive. It offers 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space plus 480,000 square feet of function space, including meeting rooms. OCCC is owned and operated by the Orange County Government.
OCCC sought to increase the effectiveness of their surveillance operations by replacing its analog cameras and video encoders with superior performance IP cameras. The process began with a survey of existing analog cameras and their physical placement to best define locations for the new camera system. During an extensive camera evaluation process, Manny Rustia, MIS Analyst for the OCCC, and his colleagues narrowed the choice down to cameras with resolution above 3 megapixels with H.264 compression and day/night capabilities as a way of "future-proofing" the system.
John McKenzie, business development manager for integrator EMC Physical Security Solutions, introduced Arecont Vision megapixel video cameras to Orange County. EMC Physical Security provides enterprise network security, video surveillance and information management and storage to increase customers' ability to detect, deter and analyze security events in real-time. OCCC evaluated cameras from various suppliers before deciding on Arecont Vision 5-megapixel IP cameras. "Arecont Vision was the hands-down standout based on megapixel quality and price," said Rustia.