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Zoo Security: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Protects Nature, Visitors and the Bottom Line with TimeSight Systems(TM) Award-winning Video Surveillance Platform


TimeSight Network Video Recorder (NVR) appliances provide increased security and protection for visitors, animals and employees of the Zoo and Aquarium

TimeSight Systems™, the industry leader in the practice of video lifecycle management (VLM) for video surveillance, announced the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has implemented the company’s intelligent Network Video Recorder (NVR) platform to help protect the visitors, employees, animals and exhibits and to provide long-term audit ability and accountability.  A 77-acre naturalistic habitat zoo that is home to thousands of animals, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium proudly exhibits 10 threatened and 62 endangered species, and is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country. 

The Zoo’s choice of TimeSight follows a wave of industry awards in recognition of TimeSight’s video surveillance platform that is unique in its ability to provide automated VLM, allowing rich video images to be stored for long retention periods at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives.  The accolades include the Security Industry Association’s prestigious "Best Video Device" award and the esteemed ASIS Accolades award, given to TimeSight for its unique approach to security technology.

"As one of the top 10 zoos in the nation, we serve over a million visitors a year, " said Connie George, director of Marketing and Public Relations, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. "TimeSight’s ability to help us maximize the quality of video from our cameras and to provide us with months, instead of days, of storage allows us to protect our guests, employees and animals. It is important for us to have solid, auditable video data history for months to come, and we have used this feature many times to observe visitor trends, as well as behavioral developments and births of animals such as painted dogs, tigers and polar bears. With TimeSight, we can also meet requirements from the payment card industry associations over longer periods of time."

Even in challenging economic times, the video surveillance market continues to perform well.  Recently released forecasts from market intelligence research firm In-Stat found that after a challenging 2009, revenue from surveillance cameras, DVR/NVR, and IP encoders is expected to grow to over $19 billion in 2011 in the U.S. alone.  With higher quality cameras and the ability to store this data for longer periods of time with VLM, video also continues to become more valuable to an organization beyond traditional security for use in liability mitigation, operations and marketing. 

"Our VLM solutions are stellar for public spaces and tourist attractions that need to capture higher resolution video and retain it longer while using a smaller storage footprint, " said Charles Foley, chairman and CEO, TimeSight Systems. "We help these markets meet the demands of both increasing regulations and emerging best practices to protect their assets while also providing the most cost effective solution in these economic times."

TimeSight Systems offers the only intelligent network video recorder (NVR) to provide automated VLM capability.  VLM is the practice of reducing the size of stored video over time, according to business rules, as the video ages and becomes less relevant. The result is massive storage savings.  TimeSight’s use of VLM through dynamic H.264 compression, along with its exclusive Motion Optimized Recording (MORe), makes higher resolution analog and IP solutions even more effective and affordable. In addition, TimeSight’s Analog Camera Environment (ACe) feature brings plug-n-play capability for existing analog cameras into an NVR, with better image quality and longer retention than currently possible on most DVRs, in a small, economical footprint. 

About TimeSight Systems

TimeSight Systems Inc. was formed in 2004 to address the requirement for innovative storage management in the video surveillance market. The company is staffed by industry executives with decades of systems, server, storage, software, networking, security, compliance and law enforcement experience to address the growing need for high resolution, IP based video surveillance systems. Applying proven principles and technologies from the demanding IT industry to the digital video surveillance market, TimeSight™ Systems has developed a platform to deliver today’s required image clarity and retention times to support improved security and compliance at up to 90 percent less cost than existing technologies and approaches. The company’s TimeSight™ architecture allows easy migration into the world of higher resolution cameras, video analytics, and IT convergence with minimal budget impact.

About The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is open year round.  For directions, hours, tickets and group sales information, call 412 665-3640.  Visit the Zoo’s website at  The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.  For more information visit

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