Project Description

Background:

This five-story parking garage and retail center called Lincoln East on the Northeast Corner of Drexel Avenue and 16th Street in Miami Beach has 490 parking spaces and houses 30 scooter spaces, plus 27 bike racks. This $8.5 million garage structure also houses retail spaces below for national soft goods, clothing and fashion merchants. Additionally, a high-end restaurant space is available for an establishment of over 150 seats.

Problem:

Furnish and install a HD surveillance solution for their patrons and security personnel. This system was to secure every level of this new garage while providing a sense of comfort and safety to its multicultural clientele. Other visions the owner wanted to enjoy was a technology deployment that would allow a more efficient way to manage its employee resources without jeopardizing customer service. A separate decorative fence structure also needed to be included as part of the solution, taking into consideration the owner’s investment in the architectural design of the property. Elegance and esthetics were vital in the selection process.

Solultion:

ATCi Communications set out to design a centralized management solution using HD 2 Megapixel cameras. Due to the nature of the parking garage environment there are several areas that do not benefit from lighting or experience a high contrast between sun light and darkness, thus drowning the lens of a normal IP camera. ATCi chose cameras that were equipped with wide dynamic range and a removable mechanical IR cut filter to allow the best video image for any environment within the garage.

ATCi carefully studied the natural flow of traffic in and out of the garage, prior to identifying 54 critical locations to accomplish the desired solution for its client. A video wall was created in a centralized area in the garage where the security personnel have access 24/7 to all of the cameras across the facility. Furthermore, strategic cameras where equipped with a powered two-way speaker to allow for instant communication to pedestrians transiting the parking garage. This feature has been shown to be extremely useful as a deterrent for vandalism, vehicle protection, and most importantly, an added sense of security for all patrons of Park @ 420, it is as if it was “the voice of God,” said one of its security personnel.

This system is viewable through a cloud-based application, allowing remote access of all the cameras for the owners via their Ipad or Android device. The decorative gate structure was custom-created by ATCi’s BIM department and engineering to match the decorative nature of Park @ 420 in this highly visible South Beach, Lincoln Road location.