Leading the way in health care security

Two men stand in front of a large wall mounted screen which shows a map of a hospital campus.
Security officer Matthew Venter and Manager Rad de Luca with the Command and Control Suite screen.
December 20, 2019

Risks to patients and staff at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) can be pinpointed within seconds thanks to new state-of-the-art security technology, combined with body cameras worn by all security staff responding to incidents.

FSH is the first hospital in Australia to install a Command and Control Suite (CCS) that incorporates a network of CCTV linked to touch screens.

Security staff can use the technology to remotely zoom in any camera, including those in lifts, and external cameras that monitor as far away as the platform at the Murdoch train station.

Incidents can also be monitored in real-time on a larger touch screen in the hospital’s Emergency Operations Centre.

Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group Executive Director Neil Doverty said the system had undergone extensive testing and was now in use around the clock at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

“Our aim is to ensure our health staff are protected, so patients can continue to have access to high quality, timely and safe care,” Neil said.

“Increasing security for patients, staff and visitors across the site is a win for everyone.”

The hospital’s extensive CCTV network feeds into the system, including additional security cameras funded in the latest round of the State Government’s Stop the Violence campaign.

People can be tracked throughout the hospital, allowing security staff to intercept offenders, and the entire hospital can be locked down during a security incident, if required.

The technology, similar to systems used in airports and other major facilities, can also be used to monitor emergencies including fires and to manage evacuations.

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