Founded in 1976 by senior pastor Dr. Tony Evans, the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (OCBF) in Dallas, Texas, has grown to seat 3400, with a campus of eight buildings that now house a technology institute, family life center, gymnasium, credit union, and more. OCBF officials sought to modernize their analog video surveillance system with digital equipment that would expand easily. They reached out to integrator Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, Inc. to design an IP-based solution that would protect their facilities now, and well into the future.
Over the past 33 years, the church has purchased new security equipment from a different company each time it has acquired a new building. As a result, the disparate systems became more and more unmanageable. OCBF officials knew they had to integrate all those pieces by bringing all the security equipment under one umbrella so it would work together to protect the campus. With a single system to maintain, church officials would no longer be forced to call different vendors to solve different problems. In addition to adding IP cameras to their existing analog surveillance system, they wanted continuity among their access control and intrusion platforms. And with such a large campus spread out over an extended area, they needed someone who would work closely with them to protect their buildings and people.
“The equipment we had was seriously under-utilized,” says Rolla Goodyear, associate pastor of administration at OCBF, “but we had an investment in it, so we really wanted to use it without having to throw everything out and start from square one. Honeywell helped us modernize our system and bring the functionality up to date, and they worked with us to add IP-based equipment to build a hybrid system with a centralized command and control center that would let us be more efficient in using the equipment we had in place.”
Honeywell completed installation of an integrated, IP-based system that centralizes and streamlines security operations for the entire campus. Installed by a Honeywell-certified integrator, the scalable system covers the multiple facilities located on the campus.
“When we looked at the equipment they had, we decided that an IP-based system would be a perfect fit for several reasons,” says Jarrod Wittlin, project manager for Stanley Convergent Security Solutions. “It added some functionality they were missing with analog and gave them faster and easier access to the footage captured by the system. It made their security staff more efficient. And it provided significant cost savings because it let them keep the analog cameras they were already using.”
Because the system was IP-based, it was crucial that the IT department be closely involved with the project. The integrator met with both security and IT to make sure the needs of both departments were being addressed. In the end, everyone was pleased. “The command center in the new education building has a bank of 15 monitors. Now we can control our video surveillance, access control, and intrusion systems from one place,” said Goodyear.
The education building houses Fellowship Christian Academy, a college preparatory facility for 900 pre-school, elementary and middle school students. The hybrid security system adopted by OCBF uses 30 Honeywell analog cameras and 26 new IP-based cameras to cover the worship center and education building, as well as the fellowship, outreach, and family care/pregnancy centers. The new HD4DIP IP cameras use built-in Power over Ethernet, which supplies power via an IT network, to further reduce installation costs. The cameras are tied together with existing surveillance equipment and integrated into two of Honeywell’s powerful Enterprise NVR digital recording systems, which enables church security officers to easily view and manage video footage.
Honeywell’s Pro-Watch security management system and VISTA-128 burglary panels afford integrated access control and intrusion across the campus to better manage the site’s total security infrastructure. All the systems report back to the central command and control center, reportedly providing complete coverage for all campus buildings.
A week after the installation was complete, church officials caught a break-in at the food pantry on video. They were able to quickly download images from the Enterprise system to see what was taken, determine the point of entry, and take steps to prevent it from happening again.
As part of this security overhaul, OCBF upgraded their access control and intrusion systems across the campus to better manage which employees go where. OCBF employs 12 security officers who work around the clock, and the Honeywell system has equipped them with new tools to be more effective in keeping an eye on the buildings and protecting the numerous people who use the facilities every day. Honeywell has provided OCBF with a flexible system that will expand easily in the future as their needs change.