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Oakmont security upgrade studied

| Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 12:21 a.m.

Oakmont officials are looking into upgrading the borough security/surveillance system.

Borough council President Timothy Milberger said council members, the mayor and the police chief will draft a list of requirements for the updated system.

“We need to start thinking about what we need the system to do and what we want it to do,” he said.

Since July, officials have been actively discussing changes to the security/surveillance system, currently located in the police department.

Surveillance is housed on two servers, meaning those using it need to switch back and forth when viewing footage from different cameras. Officials said they are interested in combining the servers and purchasing one large monitor to make it easier to navigate.

Milberger said he wants to look into more backup and reliability in the new equipment.

Councilman Tim Favo previously had suggested moving the surveillance system to the borough office and keeping it under lock and key.

Other council members, Mayor Robert Fescemyer and police Chief David DiSanti disagreed. DiSanti said the surveillance system was funded from the district attorney's Controlled Substance Asset Forfeiture Fund and moving it would compromise the police department's agreement with the DA's office.

Since the discussions about the system began, DiSanti said it has been tampered with, and police are investigating the incident. He said sometime in July or August, the server's cable — connecting surveillance footage from Riverside Park — on the fire department roof had been intentionally severed.

Officials are going to send their suggestions to borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen. They then will work with consultant Lee Elter from Eltech Security Systems of Allison Park to find a system that meets the borough's needs.

“We'll engage with our consultant to see what he can come up with,” Milberger said.

Officials said they don't know how much the project will cost.

Heidi Dezayas is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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