County Enhances Security, Wi-Fi at Calvert Regional Park
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2018
NORTH EAST, MD. -- Visitors to Calvert Regional Park can now enjoy the benefits of no-fee Wi-Fi service, as well as added sense of security as the County recently updated and implemented new technology at the facility.
Seven (7) wifi access points will provide coverage to the main activity field, the adjacent activity fields to the east and west in the main park, as well as additional coverage for the parking lot, basketball courts, and the field located at the end of the parking lot.
To fortify more comprehensive security measures, twenty-four (24) high resolution cameras were installed on existing poles and structures, while three (3) of the existing cameras were moved to more strategic locations. Additionally, infrared illuminators were installed to provide night vision capability to all of the 180-degree cameras. New poles were put in for the west field access points and at the playground, while two (2) poles and lights were also added to the basketball courts.
The recording server for the cameras will be housed at an off-site Cecil County facility and will utilize the County’s Milestone video management software (VMS) platform. Both the Wi-Fi and closed-circuit networks will leverage the existing Cecil County fiber network.
“I am proud that IT can contribute to the safety of our citizens and to our out-of-county visitors at Calvert Regional Park," commented Brian Miller, Cecil County's Director of Information Technology (IT). "Tournament directors, families, friends and players expect to have internet access and a safe enjoyable environment when visiting a complex. These upgrades will allow the Parks & Rec department to provide additional services during their events.
"We are grateful for the collaboration with IT to make our facilities more safe and secure for our county residents and visitors," said Parks & Recreation Director Clyde Van Dyke. "A more user-friendly Wi-Fi will heighten the experience and the services we provide for everyone as well."
The project was partially funded using a $125,000 Program Open Space grant to defer a portion of the costs.
"The next part of this multi-year, phased enterprise camera solution is to have a single pane-of-glass system in place where Cecil County Sheriff's Office and Department of Emergency Services can quickly access any County-owned asset. They currently have access but connect through various systems," added Miller.
Calvert Regional Park, located at 304 Brick Meeting House Road in North East, consists of a synthetic turf multi-purpose field, basketball courts, 11 natural grass, multi-purpose fields, a one mile paved trail, playgrounds, paved parking and is available for community use and tournament rental.
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