Fulton County eyes contract for video system

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County supervisors on Monday will consider a $251,000 contract with the county jail’s longtime security firm for a 2014 capital project upgrade of the facility’s digital video system.

The Board of Supervisors will entertain a resolution proposed last week by the board’s Public Safety and Finance committees to contract with Black Creek Integrated Systems Inc. of Irondale, Ala.

The company has been the Route 29-Harrison Street correctional facility’s sole security and closed-circuit TV booking provider since it opened in the early 1990s.

“This is a request to go through with a contract and make the system operational,” Lorey told the Public Safety Committee last week.

The sheriff has said the current DVR system’s technology is outdated. He said the operating system is not compatible with software updates that will be necessary when the aging jail touch-screen computers require replacement. Also, he said any major system component failure is essentially unserviceable.

Lorey informed the committee the project is a comprehensive upgrade of many of the security and booking system components that require replacement in order to maintain technology compatibility. He said Black Creek will provide the engineering, programming and technical support required to complete the upgrade, as well as remove the outdated equipment being replaced.

Capt. David Curtis, jail administrator, said this upgrade by Black Creek will go a long way toward correcting problems.

“This takes care of a good part of it,” Curtis said.

Lorey said Black Creek will furnish and install several hardware components and accessories. They include: seven touch-screen computers, switches, four servers, time synchronization equipment, four digital video encoders for 60 existing cameras, digital video record system for cameras, two digital video review master stations for the offices of the jail superintendent and lieutenant, one Black Creek Nucleus computer, a rack mount and associated equipment, one sally port server computer and all necessary touch-screen and server programming changes needed to integrate the jail’s digital closed-circuit TV video systems.

Curtis said if the jail has to do another future capital project for jail security, it may cost in the same $250,000 range.