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Campbell University migrates to IP video with Arteco eMotion software

Campbell University migrates to IP video with Arteco eMotion software
Campbell University in North Carolina, U.S., offers students all of the amenities of a typical large-scale college campus while at the same time providing the feel of a small, close knit community. It has an enrollment of more than 6,000 students, including 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students on its main campus. Later this year, Campbell will also be launching its new School of Engineering, which will provide students with yet more options from which to choose in furthering their academic career.

With this expansion in degree programs and course offerings has also come new construction. Concurrent with the establishment of the nursing school last March, the university broke ground on a 72,000-square-foot building that is expected to house the nursing school, as well as Campbell's physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical research programs. Campbell is also working in conjunction with the state to erect a new pedestrian tunnel under U.S. 421 to connect its campuses.

To ensure the safety of students and faculty members in these new facilities, Campbell decided to significantly upgrade its video surveillance system beginning with its Fine Arts building. The job of updating Campbell's surveillance hardware and software fell to Charlie Price, the university's audio/visual manager, and the rest of his team that oversees the installation of physical security systems across the campus. "There is very little crime here and we want to keep it that way," said Price. "We feel like one of the best ways to ensure our parents that we're keeping the environment healthy is to provide surveillance."

According to Price, the university currently has about 150 cameras deployed across campus, which are a mix of both analog and IP. For years, Campbell relied strictly upon analog solutions for its surveillance needs but with the advancements made in image quality and the costs to deploy network cameras coming down, the university has decided to make the migration to IP for all of its future projects.

Although the organization had leveraged some standalone video recorders in the past, Price said the devices had limitations and for the initial run of this upgrade, which included the installation of 20 cameras in the Fine Arts building and about 30 cameras altogether, they needed a more robust system that could help bridge the gap. "We tried some standalone units that worked really well but you're limited to 16 channels on most of them and we were really searching for a solution that would deliver more than your average, standalone IP video recorder," said Price.

As opposed to many college campuses which opt to install one large server and then tie all of the cameras into it and thus create a single point of failure, Price wanted to safeguard against this by having a more distributed network setup, leveraging individual servers that could be viewed from a single desktop. Additionally, the audio and video team wanted its surveillance network to be separate from the rest of the university's IT backbone. 

After consulting with Accu-Tech — the distribution partner Campbell collaborated with on the project — and evaluating several different brands, the school opted to go with Arteco's eMotion software as it delivered all the benefits the school sought and more. Price said he was extremely impressed with the user-intuitiveness of eMotion, as well as the company's technical support.

With built-in analytical features included, eMotion is an event-based video management software solution that allows for unlimited number of user profiles in an expandable and scalable format, making it ideal for a wide variety of applications. It includes intelligent options such as license plate recognition (LPR), privacy zones, and Arteco Everywhere to remotely activate I/O devices right from the software client, further expanding flexibility for customers, like Campbell. 

With the installation in the Fine Arts building still ongoing and the upcoming projects at the aforementioned tunnel and school of nursing set to get underway soon, Price said the university has decided to standardize all of its surveillance technology on Arteco and will be ensuring all future hardware purchases are certified on the platform. However, because Arteco's software conforms to the ONVIF standard, the university will not find itself pigeon-holed into using one particular type of camera. "I think this is going to be powerful software for us. It delivers far more benefits than we currently leverage it for. In the future, we look to capitalize on these rich functionalities as there is so much more we can use," said Price.

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