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An equine ranch that provides horse boarding and therapy contacted VCT prior to breaking ground on a new facility. The initial conversation was regarding the installation of an intrusion detection system (burglar alarm) for the facility. Once we were onsite and discussing the needs with the owner, it was interesting how this potential project began to evolve.
Primary Issues to Resolve
Customer wanted VCT to provide a secure facility for their borders.
SOLUTION - Vision was able to leverage their CLEC services to bring fiber optic to the location. The fiber build was several miles of "right of way" work, in addition to extensive trenching and conduit work to connect multiple buildings at the customer location. Although the customer did not believe this would be in the budget, they understood that without a quality foundation they would not be able to use and provide the service they had in mind.
Know who is onsite and when.
SOLUTION - VCT moved away from intrusion detection due to the inability to physically secure the barns. These structures are left open most of the time for the health and wellness of the animal. They are only closed due to inclement weather, and never locked in the event of a fire. It was impossible to install intrusion detection in this environment. Instead we installed access control and video surveillance. We put access control on the tack room door and the grain room door. This way we secure expensive equipment and medicine as well as have an audit trail for access. Video surveillance through out the facility including LPR (License Plate Recognition) with alerting on the entrance, panoramic cameras in the riding arena and boarding barn. Even a few individual cameras in the horse stalls so the owners of the horses could see their individual hose from home.
Discourage theft, bad actors or access after-hours.
SOLUTION - Customer was very impressed with our solution and our ability to understand their needs. So much that they asked us to consult with them and the other trades and assist with additional technology and automation.
This was a very interesting project and took us many months. There was a ton of design work and consulting. However, the customer realized the value of our work and requested more tasks and projects. We are not finished with the project and are maintaining their environment on contract. This was a fun project and we learned a lot about an industry that we had little experience with in the past.
Just one example of how VCT can work for you.