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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

DVI excels in its depth-of-knowledge in the integration of many discrete technologies – integration is often a requirement these days, including integration of voice, wireless, mobility, surveillance, and sensors.

For the Metropolitan Transportation Authority the project encompassed the relocation of approximately 7,000 people to a 1.6 million sq. ft. gut-renovated facility. The project was “fast-tracked”: The management of the project mandated that design through implementation of the first phase covering all building systems, computer facilities, etc. and 4,000 employees to be completed in less than 12 months.  Specific systems were developed to serve particular departments and divisions.  These included a 3,500-node LAN for NYC Transit and an 800-node LAN for Bridges & Tunnels.  Due to differing considerations, a Nortel network with ATM backbone was set up for NYCT, and a Cisco network with high-speed Ethernet was similarly designed & deployed for Bridges and Tunnels.  The project also required redundancy and fail-safe schemes for network and server connectivity, and a network-monitoring infrastructure that was designed utilizing Network Associates’ distributed snifters (for NYCT).  Similar considerations and deployments were made for the MTA’s telephony systems, which included a CO grade Nortel DMS100 with a 20,000-line capacity and a 200 position ACD system with IVR, VRU and voice recording. DVI furthermore reviewed and contributed to the project’s base building specifications. These included power back-up, HVAC, UPS, 5 megawatts of diesel power, and so on.

In 2013, a densification initiative was undertaken moving MTA HQ personnel and others to 2 Bway as well as designating the facility as the new HQ. DVI served as the technology consultant for Telecommunications, Security and Audio Visual systems for the new HQ. Several floors were retrofitted and renovated to be brought up to the current state of the art in cabling and wireless. A new state–of–the art Boardroom with the latest in AV technologies was also designed and deployed.

In addition, DVI has supported the enhancement of the 2 Broadway Electronic Security system and the Video-over-IP upgrade. DVI also supported the video management integration with the Access control system and the installation of a panic button system for the Chairman’s office. Furthermore, DVI supported the upgrade and migration of the legacy analog CCTV and DVR storage infrastructure at 2 Broadway HQ to an ONSSI-based NVR recording system with IP cameras for new installations. Both outdoor and indoor cameras are being selectively replaced with IP digital cameras (in some instances capable of 360 degree field of view).There is also interoperability with multiple VMS’s of various manufacturers, including NYCT and NYPD’s Genetec systems, B&T’s Pelco system, and the Intergraph incident management system used by MTA PD at the MTA’s IESS Command control & Communications (C3) complex in Long Island City. The system is designed to operate in a hybrid configuration with the Digital VMS/NVRs and IP cameras co-existing with analog cameras that will ultimately be converted to digital. Both new cat 6 cable as well as reuse of legacy coax cable runs to the cameras are employed.