THE National Museum of Australia has gone to tender for the upgrade of an existing hybrid CCTV solution with a new video management system, and new fixed and PTZ IP cameras, while retaining existing IP cameras and removing legacy analogue infrastructure.

The National Museum of Australia preserves and interprets Australia's social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation. The building has 6600 square metres of exhibition space and is composed of several individual spaces pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, forming a semicircle around the Garden of Australian Dreams.

Designed by architect Howard Raggatt (design architect and design director for the project), the museum building is based on a theme of knotted ropes, symbolically bringing together the stories of Australians. The shape of the main entrance hall continues this theme and the entirely non-symmetrical complex is designed to not look like a museum, with startling colours and angles, unusual spaces and unpredictable projections and textures.

The project originated with an International Design Competition which the architects won in 1997 and was opened at the Acton Peninsula in March 2001. The architecture and design of the National Museum of Australia was a milestone for a building of its type. Avoiding traditional museum interpretations, the architects developed a post-modern structure reflecting the diversity of the Museum's collection.

The successful integration team will remove redundant analogue equipment and cabling then re-cable all IP cameras, monitors, and associated equipment, as well as NMA supplied headend equipment, then manage the cutover from the existing surveillance system to the new solution.  

The tender calls for the integrate of the site’s the VMS with existing Acton IP cameras, as well as existing remote cameras at the NMA storage facilities at nearby Mitchell. The integrator will also incorporate the NMA-supplied headend equipment and required Honeywell EBI alarm and access control solution and all high and low level interfaces. 

Also included in the contract is the reconfiguration of the display console and monitor layout in the NMA security control room, as well as the provision of interfacing equipment to display the remote cameras from Vickers St, Mitchell. 

The National Museum of Australia surveillance tender closes on April 8, 2016.♦

Case Study of MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania can be found here.