Serious Campus Security

Galaxy Pulls Out All Stops for Upper Ed’s IP Plan; Verint’s Nextiva an ideal solution for University of Rhode Island


“The IP surveillance really provided us with a bridge to enter the digital world with a high performance, low cost video and monitoring system,” explained Perrone. “It definitely allowed us to leverage our existing infrastructure providing a true turnkey system. Some of the major deciding factors were: ease of use; advanced search capabilities; improved compression storage; and with no image degradation.”

For the university, the decision to go with Verint’s Nextiva platform stemmed from an initial meeting between Perrone and Angelo Girginis, account manager for Galaxy Integrated Technologies. In inquiring about what video systems were available to be implemented at the university, it wasn’t long before Perrone got in touch with Douglas from Verint Systems and through a bidding process which systems integrator Galaxy won, the installation of the IP system at the university began to unfold.

“The whole process was a wonderful way of transitioning from analog to the IP world,” said Paul Reen, project manager for Galaxy Integrated Technologies. “It was a learning curve for the school but they adjusted and the support of Galaxy’s IT department and Verint made the system run smoothly.”

Douglas explained that the deployment of IP video has become very attractive to educational institutions because it eliminates the need for individual recorders at each school. “They can take advantage of the network that exists between the facilities and that way they can centralize their storage and administrative functions for video recording and user management and reduce the costs of deployment by providing the infrastructure and sometimes the hardware (the servers in storage) using their own state contracts for manufacturers of hardware. That reduces the overall capital expenditure for a school system and helps enhance the value of existing infrastructure,” he said.

According to Perrone, some unforeseen challenges that presented themselves in the upgrade phase were overcome with system tweaks but the persistence and dedication of the integrator were critical to the success of the deployment.

The state of IP video surveillance

According to a recent report released by IMS Research, Wellingborough, England, reliability is the most important factor driving the decision to use IP-based security technology. Based on a wide-ranging survey of European integrators and installers of IP-based security products, the research found that meeting customer requirements and the ability to future proof installations were key to decisions to go with an IP infrastructure. And although anticipated growth in IP system installations is a little off from initial double-digit percentage projections from IMS first predicted about one year ago, it’s still an extremely robust market.

“As the cost of IP cameras continues to come down, fewer people will consider analog because of the lack of a price difference and because there are so many additional security and related management benefits to using IP,” said Douglas.

As developing technology continues to drive the video surveillance market, coupled with stimulus funding, the education market is already transitioning to full-service video solutions for campuswide security, and IP will continue to be a part of that growth.

By Natalia Kosk

Feature-Rich System Specification

Here are some highlighted features of the installed system at the University of Rhode Island:

  • Verint’s Nextiva s1708e eight-channel digital video encoders
  • Verint’s S1970E-R decoders
  • HP server provided by the University of Rhode Island and used for recording video
  • Dell workstations provided by the University of Rhode Island to review client parameters and display a map of the campus

Project Partners

Systems Integrator—Galaxy Integrated Technologies, www.galaxyintegrated.com

End-User/Owner—University of Rhode Island, www.uri.edu

Manufacturer—Verint Systems Inc., www.verint.com