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After years spent managing a patchwork of security cameras and keycard entry systems, the city of Allen is streamlining one way it keeps residents and employees safe.

The city operates more than 250 security cameras across dozens of city-owned buildings and parks. Not all cameras run on the same software and some models are no longer supported by the manufacturer.

IT staff suggested choosing a single vendor to handle everything from servicing and troubleshooting to installation and repairs. This investment would replace of outdated cameras while simplifying system access for emergency dispatchers and technology staff.

“Simplicity and technology don’t always go together, but it’s one of our goals for the organization,” said IT Director Eric Matthews. “A single camera and facility access platform, along with one partner that builds, configures and maintains the system, streamlines our security operations.”

During the June 25 meeting, Allen City Council agreed to spend $360,000 on new equipment and annual agreements for replacement and maintenance. The funding will also cover the cost of a new keycard entry system at Allen Event Center, helping enhance security for tenants, clients and guests alike.

More than half of the project budget ($230,000) will come from Community Development Corporation funds generated by Allen’s half-cent sales tax.

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