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Behind the Scenes of the Iowa Events Center Technology

Behind the Scenes of the Iowa Events Center Technology

While investments in the latest technologies to improve the attendee experience at the Iowa Events Center have helped it become the region's premier event and convention space, the technology behind the scenes needed an update. 

Specifically, IP Video Surveillance and Access Control Systems—which were installed when the building opened in 2005—needed to be upgraded to keep pace with contemporary technology. The Iowa Events Center turned to Baker Group to modernize its systems and in the process improve the safety and security of one of Iowa's most visible landmarks. 

With a focus on effectiveness and efficiency, Baker Group installed Avigilon Access Control and IP Video Surveillance SMS (Security Management System). 

"This fully integrated solution married the access control and IP Video Surveillance system into one functional software platform that allowed the continued use of existing cameras, card readers, electric locks and more," says Doug Ruschill, ‪Project Manager and Team Leader in Baker Group's Technology Business Unit. "The flexibility of the Avigilon system has enabled the Iowa Events Center to incorporate additional 360-degree and 180-degree cameras without the recurring software fees commonly charged by similar technology providers." 

The solution was a win-win for the Iowa Events Center as it enabled the continued use of 119 existing cameras while realizing the benefits of the new software. The budget-friendly move will allow the Iowa Events Center to replace legacy cameras as the funds are available.   

"We were conscious of costs throughout this project," Ruschill says. "Avigilon was the perfect solution. Not only were we able to use the cameras they already had, but there are no recurring software fees or costs associated with minor upgrades or updates to the software."

Managing complex projects like the one at the Iowa Events Center has earned Baker Group a reputation as a recognized leader in installing and maintaining a broad range of security and access systems.

"We pride ourselves on being a one-stop-shop for commercial, industrial and institutional security and life-safety needs," Ruschill says. "We have access to more than 70,000 products offered by more than 400 manufacturers. This ensures we can implement a solution to meet the specific needs of every client we serve."

In addition to installation, Baker Group also provides ongoing support and maintenance for virtually any security or life-safety system. For more information on how Baker Group can meet your individual needs click here

About Baker Group

Baker Group is a commercial and industrial specialty contractor based in Ankeny, Iowa. With more than 1,100 employees, Baker Group is the Midwest’s premier full-service specialty contractor providing mechanical, industrial, sheet metal, electrical, building automation, process automation, security systems, fire alarm systems, parking/revenue controls and 24/7/365 service. For more information, call 855.262.4000 or visit www.thebakergroup.com.


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