FEMA Center for Domestic Prepardness

Project Info

Case Study


The Client

Develops and delivers training for emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments and, when appropriate, the federal government, foreign governments, and private entities. FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center.

The Challenge

The CDP desired to provide a complete overhaul of their video security network. The desire was to provide a comprehensive view of the campus for all appropriate security personel. The existing system was comprised of an aging analog solution. The greatest challenge in the building of this security network was associated with defining a secure, reliable network infrastructure for the access of cameras desired at all campus entrances.

The Solution

The new security installation included 24 indoor and 54 outdoor  security cameras and six SmartHD network disk recorders in the command and control room feeding four 47" monitors. 

The Results

BBT was instrumental in the design, development and deployment of a "Next Generation Video Security Architecture" for the Center Of Domestic Prepardness (CDP) at Fort McClellan. The solution created a reliable system that delivers complete coverage and recording for the entire CDP Campus. The integrated Panasonic network runs smoothly and efficiently to supply full visual access and secure video storage.

The primary goal was replacing the existing, aging analog system with a new, surveillance system to better protect the people, the building and property, and provide more advanced perimeter surveillance around the exterior of the campus. Covering all angles to achieve the security goals set forth by the CDP security systems officer. BBT designed and installed a complete security and surveillance solution from Panasonic including a network of 24 indoor and 54 outdoor security cameras. The video from the cameras was channeled to 6 SmartHD network disk recorders in the command and control room and displayed on four 47" monitors.

The improved command center allowed a limited security team to control and monitor the entire campus from one secure location. The system's design enabled the team to leverage existing outdoor perimeter light poles to reduce installation costs and the housings were specifically chosen to ensure cameras could be taken out of their enclosures quickly and easily for any necessary adjustments or repairs. With the new, advanced system in place, the campus' security team benefits from crystal clear images and can monitor activity in and around the building and campus at all times. “Because the system was end-to-end Panasonic, it made things easy for us because everything just works together seamlessly and is easy to deploy.