This summer workers will install a total of 18 surveillance cameras – two outside and 16 inside – the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside, following action taken by the township board in April.
The new high-definition cameras will replace a dozen existing cameras that are at least a decade old and whose video footage is clumsy to use.
“We have had four [cameras] since before 2006, and five more were added in 2012,” said Riverside Township Supervisor Vera Wilt. “Of course, it is old technology, with no night vision and no high definition. Recordings have to be viewed on a separate monitor. The new ones can be accessed from staff computers and will have much better clarity.”
Trustees voted 5-0 on April 12 to award a $31,400 equipment and installation contract to Elmhurst-based Griffon Systems, which is also the vendor for the village of Riverside, whose police monitor a network of cameras at high-traffic locations along First Avenue, Harlem Avenue and in downtown Riverside.
“We’re looking to cover any interaction with the public, inside and outside the building for security and safety,” Paul Grefenstette, president of Griffon Systems, told trustees in April.
Griffon Systems was the lower of two proposals the township received for the cameras and installation. A fully cloud-based system pitched in March by Versatile Computer Services Inc. of Park Forest would have cost about $41,850.
The new cameras will store video on a server that will be owned by the township and located within the township hall. However, anyone with access privileges can have the video served to them on their phones or other devices using cloud technology.
Video is saved on the local server for 30 days.
“Riverside Police Department uses the same system, so they’re well-versed in the system and sharing video with the police is very easy,” Grefenstette said.
The system will include 16 Avigilon dome cameras, which will be installed inside the building and are capable of providing high-definition images with remote zoom and focus features.
The outside cameras will be installed at the front entrance and overlooking the west parking lot. One of the cameras will be a “bullet” model that provides “maximum coverage for seeing activity in complete darkness” and a panoramic camera that rotates 360 degrees, works in low-light settings and can record high-quality audio.
Wilt said she did not know exactly when the cameras would be installed.
“There have been some supply chain delays, like everywhere else, but once the equipment is received by the vendor, we expect installation sometime early to mid-summer,” Wilt told the Landmark.