DSI upgraded the existing Continental Access Control System with a new PIV capable Lenel Facility Commander Access Control System. This installation included the replacement of over 35 existing Continental Panels, card readers as well as the installation and integration of over 150 new doors including all door hardware, cabling and power supplies. The completed system consists of approximately 330 access controlled doors and over 500 new and existing panic alarms. This system is centrally controlled from the Police Dispatch in Hampton, VA and has eight remote client workstations. The system encompasses 32 buildings at the main campus as well as locations in Elizabeth City North Carolina, Peninsula Town Center in Newport News and the APOC located in Virginia Beach. A lot of time and care was taken coordinating the VAMC Police and Hospital Staff to ensure that the new system was operational prior to taking down the existing system thus minimizing down time and inconvenience to the operational Hospital. During the installation DSI was additionally contracted to install and integrate 48 UTC Interlogix IP Camera throughout the Main Campus and Virginia Beach Location. These cameras are also viewed and controlled in the Police Dispatch Office. There are also several client workstations that can view and manipulate these new cameras via the VAMC Security Network.
DSI, in Partnership with Motorola and ISM, completed the installation of a new Guest WiFi System. Prior to the commencement of work DSI met Motorola Engineers on site in order to assist in the design of the system, generate heat maps as well as to coordinate the upcoming installation with VAMC Personnel. The final design consisted of 23 Access Points, one Juniper Router, One RFS 6000 Controller, and 11 POE Network Switches and 23 Access Points, as well as 10 Hard Wired Ports located in a designated Internet Café.
DSI installed Cat 6 Cabling to each of the 23 Access Point Locations located throughout seven different buildings with multiple floors. Existing IDF locations were utilized with DSI installing new separate patch panels to create separation and accommodate new drops. The new Switches are tied together and connected to the server room via either new 50/125 Micron Multimode Fiber or Cat 6 Cabling depending on the distance between them.
The Tuscaloosa installation was not without its challenges. These included upgrades to pathways, existing building construction constraints and work schedules to minimize patient and staff inconvenience. Despite these challenges DSI completed the installation on time and on budget. The success of this installation can be primarily attributed to the comprehensive site survey, design, and program management.
Once completed the system is monitored 24/7 by the Motorola Network Operations Center. Motorola also provides the ISP Network Connectivity, On-Site Repair Services, Content Filtering, 24/7 Technical Support Line and an end user Help Desk.
DSI installed and integrated (52) Xirrus XR-520, (13) Xirrus XR-4420 802.11 Wireless Arrays and all associated Network Equipment throughout the facility in order to provide fast reliable internet access for patients and family members of patients during their stay.
The areas covered were determined from our site visit and subsequent heat map revisions. Each AP is connected and powered via Cat 6 Plenum cabling. The Cat 6 cabling is run back to the closest IDF and terminated in separate DSI-provided lockable cabinets. Each IDF was connected via existing fiber optic cabling back to the Server Room. Each pair of existing fibers were landed in a separate DSI-supplied fiber tray in order to provide a requested “Air Gap” between systems. All rack mounted equipment was landed in the DSI-provided wall mounted cabinets. DSI installed Surge Protected Power Strips in each of the new cabinets as well as the server room to power and protect all new network equipment. In addition DSI provided and installed a 1500 VA UPS to protect the Head-End Network Equipment. The network equipment consists of (16) Layer 2 POE Network Switches, one Alcatel Gigabit Ethernet Chassis w/ 22 100/1000 SFP Ports, a Sonic Wall NSA2220, and one Wireless LAN Router. The ISP Metro Ethernet 10 Meg service extends from the Building Demarcation Point to the designated Server Room Rack.
DSI installed and integrated (57) Motorola AP650 802.11 Wireless Access Points (AP) and all associated Network Equipment throughout the facility in order to provide fast reliable internet access for patients and family members of patients during their stay at the VA Central Iowa.
The AP650 utilizes Automatic Channel and Power Optimization in order to minimize common problems such as building attenuation and electronic interference. The SMART RF feature of the switch/controller automatically optimizes power and channel selection for each user. The channel selection feature allows the Guest Internet Access Control System to coexist and operate without interfering with the existing administrative wireless system.
The areas covered were determined from our site visit and subsequent heat map revisions. Each AP is connected and powered via Cat 6 Plenum cabling. The Cat 6 cabling is run back to the closest IDF and terminated on separate DSI-provided rack mounted patch panels. Each IDF was connected via existing fiber optic cabling back to the Server Room. Each pair of existing fibers were landed in a separate DSI-supplied fiber tray in order to provide a requested “Air Gap” between systems. All rack mounted equipment was landed in existing racks with the exceptions of IDFs A107H and A207H both located in Building 12 on floors one and two. For these IDFs DSI provided one 18 space Middle Atlantic floor mounted cabinet on each floor. DSI installed Surge Protected Power Strips in each IDF as well as the server room to power and protect all new network equipment. The network equipment consists of (19) Layer 2 POE Network Switches, one Juniper Router and one Motorola RFS6000 Wireless LAN Switch/Controller. The ISP service extends from the Building 1 Demarcation Point to the designated Server Room Rack.