Campus Protection Pros Share Their Security Camera Successes, Challenges, Advice
The nearly 600 participants in this year’s Campus Safety Video Surveillance Survey were, once again, quite forthcoming with their comments, both positive and negative, about the security camera systems installed at their schools, institutions of higher education, and/or healthcare facilities. They also offered some great advice that other campuses might want to heed.
- In less than a year, we were able to turn a very ineffective surveillance system into a highly productive system by working with an integrator and creating full time positions that utilize the system. It has been a force multiplier 10x over.
- We have a campus-wide system with over 1100 camera streams, 15 NVRs, and a full-time security systems administrator position to manage and oversee maintenance, expansion, and repairs. We control the use of security cameras on our campus through a security camera policy. We utilize LPR readers in select parking lots. Our security camera system has some limited integration with our access controls system for video intercom and remote door unlock.
- One the best features that was added to our system was the ability for the program to automatically go out the web and update the time on our system. Prior to that addition, we would find our camera system would migrate to a minute or 2 off.
- They have helped to resolve several fender benders in our parking lot.
- Our systems are used for investigations more than anything else.
- This is an important tool that can help in many areas IF the tool is used properly. Not being lax in any situation or usage of the equipment.
- At my school, we have four PTZ cameras one on each side of the school that can pan left/ right, up/down, & zoom in/out. Have overall total of 58 cameras that can record & store video for 6 months.
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