Yuba County, Calif., Considers New Jail Control System

The technology that controls cameras, alarms and other facility operations hasn’t been upgraded since it was installed in 1994. The updates are expected to cost around $800,000.

by Jake Abott, Appeal-Democrrat / January 8, 2019
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(TNS) — The control system for Yuba County Jail functions, such as opening and closing doors, intercoms, cameras and alarms, have been in place since the facility first opened in the early 1990s. County officials are considering a plan to upgrade it.

Supervisors will discuss the agreement to replace the jail controls at today’s meeting.

“The old system is antiquated and starting to fail, so it’s time to update it,” said Tim McCoy, director of Administrative Services for the county.

The current security system in place is thought to be the last operating one of its kind in the country, McCoy said. It was installed in 1994 when the jail first opened, and the maker of the system stopped production a few years after installation.

The system officials are looking to replace includes a central control that operates facility doors, intercoms, cameras and alarms, as well as two control rooms that operate functions throughout the facility’s four floors.

“Basically, it’s one system so a controller in any of the three rooms can operate the system from their seat,” McCoy said. “We are going to update with some new cameras, new control nodes and much newer technology.”

The county went out to bid for the project last July. After a review of the bidders, a six-person panel named Integrated Security Controls, Inc. for the potential project.

The company proposed a full replacement of the system, which would include touchscreen panels that are compatible with all other current jail operations.

McCoy said the county expects the work to take about five months to complete.

Aside from installing the new system, work will include the transformation of an unoccupied room in the jail to a server room to meet audio and video retention standards. The county also hired a project manager – Guidepost Solutions, Inc. – to oversee the installation due to the technical and complex nature of the project, according to a staff report.

In total, the work is expected to cost $797,075. The non-general funds would be taken out of four trust funds.

Today’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Yuba County Government Center – 915 Eighth St., Marysville.

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