In 2012, Hennepin County engaged iSpace Environments in an initial project to outfit their emergency management center with state-of-the-art technologies. The project solved the need to connect technologies that would allow their teams to monitor conditions and orchestrate complex responses across departments in multiple remote locations. The problem now: it’s 2020 and time for an upgrade.
More than 1.25 million residents of Minnesota’s Hennepin County rely on around-the-clock Public Works Emergency Management Teams to keep an eye on weather, traffic and public safety.
Two spaces within the department, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Situation Monitoring Station (SMS), received major system upgrades. The transition took them from a fixed system with limited inputs/outputs to a truly flexible networked system using data switches providing a nearly limitless capacity of inputs/outputs. In addition, video and information is now more rapidly shared to the lobby and between the two spaces seamlessly.
Other improvements include a video wall with the capacity to display up to 16 individual screens at 15,360 x 2160 pixel resolution, 360 degree viewing capabilities, and new furniture that provide more space and allowed full connectivity. Some existing audio/visual components were reused as a cost saving measure, such as the existing codec system and audio systems.
Hennepin County Emergency Management
Crestron NVX (AV over IP)
Crestron Touch Control Panels
Planar Video Wall
Cisco Video Conferencing
Integrated Audio Video and Control Processing