Marie-Vincent foundation is a Montréal-based nonprofit organisation committed to supporting children, adolescents, and families by providing specialised counseling and intervention. With a large number of families, social workers, and law enforcement officers entering their inpatient treatment centre, Marie-Vincent needs to monitor their premises to establish a secure environment for everyone – especially the patients who have suffered trauma and need to feel safe and cared for.
The facility’s security system was severely outdated, consisting only of some basic sensors connected to an alarm centre, a camera positioned in the hallway, and a simple access control system with key cards. CS Sécurité in Montréal reached out to Dahua and together donated a new access control system for Marie-Vincent. Dahua donated two access controllers, seven RFID readers, and 70 IC cards, while CS Sécurité provided four 5MP HDCVI cameras and a penta-brid DVR.
Dahua’s four-door access controller, DHI-ASC1204C, supports controlled lockdown of all connected access doors, and can easily integrate card, password, fingerprint and combination to secure sensitive locations. It supports up to 64 controllers managed by Dahua’s Smart PSS (though in this installation Marie-Vincent’s immediate needs only called for two 4-door controllers).
The RFID reader, DHI-ASR1200D, is a waterproof, indoor/outdoor-rated card reader compatible with RS485 and Wiegand 34 output formats. It incorporates the MIFARE 13.56 contactless smart card standard and has ‘watchdog’ functionality that detects tampering. These readers were installed at the entrance, meeting rooms, and restrooms.
Other benefits of the new access control solution come from the software side. Using the access control software, users can easily give or remove access to a person with one single click.
The 5MP HDCVI eyeball cameras provide clear, detailed images and wide coverage. “The camera system makes it possible to supervise the entrance, corridor, and the place where the clinicians will communicate with the victims,” said Lisa L’Archeveque, Administrative Manager for Marie-Vincent. The cameras are linked to card swiping records in the access control system. “We can associate a door opening transaction with a video image, which confirms that the card has been used by the right person,” she added. And thanks to the HDCVI format, CS Sécurité was able to leverage existing coax infrastructure rather than replacing cables.
Furthermore, the new system provides quality images and allows onsite employee to create access cards; no extra technician is needed. It also gives the staff a visual of all access control users that are in the facility at any given moment, which is helpful for their security management.
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