Avigilon HD Surveillance System Watches over Vancouver Community College

Avigilon, a provider of HD and megapixel video surveillance systems, announced that Vancouver Community College, one of British Columbia's oldest and largest colleges, has deployed the Avigilon HD surveillance system in an effort to improve staff and student safety across its two campuses in the Vancouver, British Columbia area.

“Our previous analog-based system could not provide the image clarity and management features needed to improve campus security,” said Surinder Aulakh, Director of Safety and Security at Vancouver Community College. “We knew it was time to move to a HD system like the Avigilon HD surveillance system to capture useable evidence that can be easily reviewed and shared with the appropriate authorities for fast and efficient conflict resolution.”

The college security team manages the Avigilon HD surveillance system using Avigilon control center network VMS. (NVMS) The college installed a combination of 26 1-megapixel Avigilon HD cameras, four 2-megapixel HD cameras, and three 3-megapixel HD cameras to monitor high traffic areas within the college, particularly where cash-handling processes occur. Vancouver Community College also installed 16 analog video encoders to enhance the performance of its existing analog cameras, which monitor other high security areas within campus buildings. Storing up to 29 days of footage, security personnel monitor the Avigilon HD surveillance system from a control room located at each campus.

Leveraging the advanced features of Avigilon control center NVMS including its use of JPEG 2000 compression technology, the college can provide useable evidence to local law enforcement faster than before, helping to strengthen its relationship and leading to more successful investigations. In addition, the college utilizes the advanced search and bookmarking capabilities to highlight specific details to reduce investigation times from days to minutes and is currently networking both campuses to ensure automatic failover from one site to the other if necessary. The Avigilon HD surveillance system not only boosts security, it also leverages the college's existing infrastructure to further reduce costs. With Avigilon HD surveillance system, the college can easily scale to meet expanding needs and integrate with the access control system as budget allows.

“Committed to delivering instruction to help students reach their personal, educational and professional goals, Vancouver Community College has created a safe and open environment that fosters success for both staff and students,” said Dave Tynan, VP of Global Sales and Marketing at Avigilon. “With the Avigilon HD surveillance system, the college has invested in a solution to ensure fast and efficient resolution of issues and help maintain the well-being of the entire college community.”
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