Salient Systems VMS increases security in State of Mississippi

Mississippi State - new VMS from Salient

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Salient Systems’ CompleteView video management system (VMS) is being installed throughout more than 150 state boards, commissions and agencies in Mississippi to improve the safety of thousands of constituents who access state services daily.

According to the company, the undertaking involved converting all State of Mississippi buildings from their legacy video system, which included analog cameras across a disparate video platform.

“In the selection process, three VMS manufacturers were deemed a reasonable fit,” said Mike Cooper from the MS Department of Public Safety.

“The choice of CompleteView over these competitors came down to one critical component, partnership.

“The culture at Salient embodies an unmatched support you don’t typically see in an industry leader.

“Their greatest value-add is that open line of communication between the RSM, technical support and engineering.

“If I need something, I know I can pick up the phone and get immediate assistance.”

Installation of the VMS

Once CompleteView was selected, another decision was made to have personnel from the State handle the design and installation of CompleteView internally rather than engage outside consulting.

Salient says that this has proven to be an effective option, allowing the State to tailor each installation to suit individual property needs.

This offers them the most flexibility while still achieving uniformity across each deployment as well as complete control of the process.

The conversion to CompleteView is underway and will take approximately three to five years to complete.

The State now benefits from a centralized platform that allows for greater administrative control, as well as a product that meets Mississippi’s standard for NDAA compliance.

“We now have a platform that is easily managed and visibly organized in an efficient manner,” added Cooper.

“We also appreciate having a system that’s permission based with tighter controls.”

Finally, the State’s technical team is committed to keeping the VMS updated as Salient releases newer versions of its software each quarter.

The company says that these VMS upgrades ensure the State is taking advantage of all security enhancements and feature improvements that CompleteView has to offer.

Added access control

The State has also planned integration of its access control system, Open Options, with CompleteView, tying video directly to specific door openings.

This gives State personnel an enhanced view into their security operations, with quick and easy auditing of badge events through a single interface.

Further initiatives will explore the addition of AI video analytics to add weapons detection, appearance search and cross-camera tracking — all to help speed up investigations.

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