Success Stories: Education

A roundup of recent unique security applications and installations


The university currently uses NetDVMS IP-based video surveillance management software from OnSSI.

The university has standardized on three Axis network camera models: AXIS P3344 Fixed Dome Network Camera, an indoor/outdoor, HDTV fixed mini-dome with remote focus and zoom; AXIS P3343 Fixed Dome Network Camera with remote focus and zoom; and the outdoor-ready AXIS Q6032-E Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Dome Network Camera.

“There are multiple ways to do playback and to search for archived images,” Lt. Waller says. “There are a lot of tools in the toolbox. It has layers of bells and whistles, but it is also an intuitive system.”

Reykjavik University Moves to Multi-Technology Card

Reykjavik University (RU) in Iceland, had been using proximity technology to secure its buildings for many years. When it came time to build a larger, more modern facility, RU officials wanted as “key-free” an environment as possible — one that would increase student, faculty and staff convenience and security, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and provide the flexibility to support future needs.

To realize this vision, the university needed a true, multi-application smart card that could be used for cashless vending, canteen transactions, on-demand printing, photo ID production, library access, locker use and more, and that could also give the wider community controlled access to public services such as its buses, museum and swimming pools. The University began moving from proximity solutions to HID iCLASS multi-technology cards, easing the transition by using cards and readers that support both technologies.

Cards are quickly and easily printed on-site for staff and every incoming student, and are now providing approximately 4,000 students with access to all university classrooms, labs, study areas and other buildings as well as the its intranet.

Fairfax County Schools Upgrades Consoles, Video Wall

The Security Operations Center Office for the Safety and Security department at Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools was recently tasked to move into a new facility and rebuild its console to make use of the latest technology standards.

“Fairfax County is the country’s 13th-largest school district and we have two of our own safety and security departments — one doing safety risk management, one doing security,” explains Jack Guglielmo, Security Technology Specialist. “In our section, Security Services, one of many functions is to centrally monitor intrusion and fire alarms for about 230 different facilities. And we do that from a central console in our security operations center.”

A key component of the new system is Middle Atlantic Products’ VisionFrame video wall that is used to mount a large, 42 x 47-inch display monitor.

“We’ve created a window to the outside world from our command-and-control console to the rest of the school district,” Guglielmo says. “We’re looking at several things from this system, including a school bus GPS system that lets us know where everyone of our 1,000 buses is. We can also monitor videos on expulsion hearings or judicial processes in our school system that are supplemented with ‘panic buttons’ in the room so we can see what’s going on at any point.”

Georgia College Secures Doors at New Housing Complex

Georgia Gwinnett College has chosen a networked locking system from Salto for its new student housing complex. Operational Security Systems Inc. provided and installed the lock system for five interconnected buildings with 214 residence suites.

At each of 11 perimeter sliding glass doors entering the complex, Salto Hot Spot readers are installed providing the read/write interface point for the system database. At each suite entrance, a Wire-Free reader/lock assembly is installed to provide access control and audit trail functions at each assigned suite.

The system consists of a data-on-card access control program which enables the college to benefit from a combination of online and offline locks networked to a principal computer. The locks do not need wiring or a Wi-Fi infrastructure, since the communication link is an intelligent key that acts as a two-way data transporter.