The Motorola Solutions business of Motorola partnered with the University of Delaware (UD) to deploy a video security solution that helps promote a safe and healthy learning environment by enhancing visibility to campus incidents. The system incorporates campus-wide video surveillance, access control, asset management and a command-and-control center to address the university's need for a comprehensive solution that helps improve situational awareness, tactical response and incident management capabilities.
“The University of Delaware is proactively developing new crime reduction and safety strategies that use technologies to provide force multipliers to enhance campus safety,” said Skip Homiak, Executive Director of Campus and Public Safety. “The objective is to maximize our police department resources to provide optimized security for faculty, students, staff and visitors as well as citizens of Newark, where the university is located. Motorola recommended and is implementing a solution to deliver the interoperability and collaboration needed to give our campus and public safety personnel access to intuitive, real-time video information for faster and better outcomes to campus incidents and crime deterrence.”
Ensuring the safety and security of a campus population of 20,500 students and more than 3,500 staff is a key challenge for the university. Motorola proposed an open-architecture security framework that enables current and new technologies to communicate with one another, while integrating disparate technologies into a single situation. Leveraging Motorola's point-to-multipoint wireless broadband network to extend the reach and expand the capabilities of UD's existing fiber network, the platform incorporates content from business partners including VidSys for PSIM and situation management, RadiantRFID for asset management and tracking, and Convergint Technologies for security products and service integration.
“VidSys is happy to be working with Motorola and their partners to enable the integration of information and technology across multiple organizations, facilitating effective collaboration and communication, and ultimately providing UD with a comprehensive safety and security solution that addresses their specific challenges and objectives,” said Eric Sansonetti, VP Worldwide Sales, VidSys.
At the core of the solution is a command-and-control application that correlates activities from sensors, cameras and existing infrastructure components to bring enhanced response and analytic capabilities for increased visibility across campus. The platform enables the integration of existing and new video, RFID access control and asset-management solutions to create a single approach to manage different systems. This approach minimizes the need to manually monitor individual components and creates system synergies that increase operational efficiencies. The result is a system that correlates location, incident type and responding personnel to provide relevant and real-time information to first responders for better situational awareness and optimized command and control response.
The system offers video surveillance in high-traffic campus areas, with coverage expanding to student housing located on the fringes of UD's campus, where it is often difficult to provide a continuous security presence and crime deterrence. Working collaboratively with UD to optimize its existing security and communications infrastructure, the solution also provides a platform to integrate future advances in technology.
Through this relationship, Motorola will also partner with the university's department of electrical engineering to provide laboratory technology resources that enable students and faculty to conduct research that improves campus safety, while advancing the education curriculum.