Project Description

Background:

As part of the New World Symphony project in Miami Beach designed by Frank Gehry, the adjoining Lincoln Park is a new meeting place for residents and tourists alike. Centrally located in the Art District at the monumental terminus of lively Lincoln Road, the park is an urban garden with unique cluster lighting fixtures that express the modernistic euphoria of Miami, actively programmed for public and cultural events.

During the day the park is shaded by pergolas and palm trees. In the evening it becomes a special attraction with a giant video projected on the building wall and a unique sound installation throughout the park as patrons lie on blankets and sit in their own beach chairs to enjoy the entertainment.

Problem:

Provide Lincoln Park a new state of the art IP HD surveillance system that will allow New World Symphony and Miami Beach police department to monitor the activity and security of the visitors in the park. The system had to be designed so as not to disrupt the esthetics of the park.

Solution:

ATCi Communications chose to install the latest technology in IP megapixel cameras, but not prior to overcoming some challenges.

In order to meet the decorative nature of the artistic park, ATCi utilized the three cluster lighting fixtures chosen to illuminate the park as a housing for the new Pan Tilt Zoom PTZs. This approach posed another challenge because the extreme light emanating from the fixtures could glare or create a ghosting effect in the cameras.

However, the PTZ cameras that the technical engineering staff at ATCI Communications selected had wide dynamic range, a feature that enabled the cameras to cancel reflective lighting conditions by looking at each pixel independently from one another. The cameras in the park communicate through a sophisticated fiber optic ring to a central recording station within the park named the “bird nest.” What’s more, there is a second remote monitoring site located within the grounds of the New World Symphony campus where 24/7 monitoring takes place.