US college enhances security with IPVideo surveillance solution

US college enhances security with IPVideo surveillance solution
IPVideo, manufacturer of IP-based video surveillance and command center solutions, announced the successful completion of a comprehensive video surveillance upgrade for Boston’s Endicott College, equipping the campus with 650 high resolution IP cameras powered by a SentryVMS video management system.

The US$1.4 million dollar project, which increased the college’s number of cameras twenty-fold, was spearheaded by Long Island based system integrator A+ Technology & Security Solutions. Endicott’s scenic campus spans some 235 acres and encompasses 55 buildings and 30 residence halls which house roughly 2700 full time undergraduate students. About 800 staff members, 2400 graduate school students and over 150,000 annual campus visitors will also benefit from enhanced security provided by the new installation.

The Solution
The 650-camera expansion project employs a combination of 2-, 3- and 5-megapixel cameras manufactured by Axis Communications as well as some IPVideo-branded models. Video is transmitted from the cameras to a total of eight SentryVMS servers providing over 60 terabytes of storage.

The SentryVMS software provides an easy-to-use and intuitive interface for use by the school’s Public Safety team. As Brian Lauper, Sales Engineer at A+ Technology, and Justin Parish, Business Development Executive at A+ Technology, explained, “SentryVMS was the ideal choice for Endicott’s extensive needs, as every inch of their campus now has coverage.”

As part of the project, A+ Technology constructed a Command Center in the Dispatch Room of the Public Safety office, from which the system is monitored. Pam Droney, Director of Communications Technology at Endicott, explained:“We’re very diligent in trying to make sure privacies are respected and that we’re not intruding on people.” This involves sensitivity about the placement of cameras, as well as limiting who can access video from certain cameras. At the same time, she reports that, “The Public Safety team is loving all the cameras because they’re cutting down on incidents across campus. People know that the cameras are all over the campus and that there’s footage.”

The 650-camera expansion project employs a combination of 2-, 3- and 5-megapixel cameras manufactured by Axis Communications as well as some IPVideo-branded models.

To provide the highest level of support for the installation, which took approximately four months, the Project Management team and crew from A+ Technology lived on campus four days a week, running cable, positioning, installing and programming cameras based upon their floor plan diagrams for layout and square footage. 

Regarding Ms. Droney’s satisfaction with IPVideo Corporation’s SentryVMS solutions, she said, "The installation has had a positive effect, not only in decreasing incidents but also increasing our overall sense of security throughout the entire campus.”


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