Success Stories: Education

A roundup of recent unique security applications and installations


SeeView Security Inc. has installed a complete high definition IP camera surveillance system for George Mason University in Washington, D.C. The system uses Arecont Vision high definition megapixel cameras and hybrid exacqVision NVR servers from Exacq Technologies.

The servers incorporate traditional analog surveillance cameras with today’s latest network megapixel cameras, providing resolutions of two, five and even eight megapixels.

The new systems provide coverage for the Recreation and Athletic Complex and the Aquatic and Fitness Centers at George Mason University (GMU). The 120,000 square-foot Recreation and Athletic Complex boasts three gymnasiums, two racquetball courts, two squash courts, and a two story fitness gallery.

Renovated in 2007, the Aquatic and Fitness Center now offers a recreational pool, an Olympic-size competition pool and diving well, a 16-person hot tub, a dry sauna, and a two-story fitness gallery with 3,000 square feet of cardio and 5,000 square feet of weight training equipment.

Regent University Graduates to New Surveillance Platform

Regent University, a private, faith-based institution that shares a campus with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in Virginia Beach, Va., is keeping watch over more than 5,500 graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff with V.Networks IP-based cameras and network video recorders (NVRs) from JVC Professional Products Company.

Now in his 24th year with the CBN/Regent University Campus Police Dept., Lt. Eddie Lawhorn recalls the earlier CCTV system on campus, which only offered coverage inside a few buildings. It included a handful of mostly black-and-white analog cameras that were connected to time-lapse VCRs. A few years ago, as the aging VCRs came to the end of their life, university officials decided it was time for an upgrade.

To date, Regent has purchased 48 JVC cameras, including the VN-C625U PTZ dome with 360-degree endless rotation, 12x optical zoom lens, and Super LoLux technology for nighttime surveillance. Of the 45 cameras that have been installed, most are used to monitor building interiors, but eight monitor exterior sites, including parking lots, loading docks, dormitories and the plaza adjacent to the library. Lawhorn said the remaining three cameras will be installed and tasked with exterior surveillance later this year.
Regent also has three JVC VR-N1600Us NVRs, which are in a master/slave configuration that allows dispatchers to log into one unit but access all 45 cameras on the system. The police department’s dispatch center is monitored live at all times, and footage from the cameras is recorded as well.

Clarion University Monitors its Campus with Panasonic System

Clarion University has chosen Panasonic i-PRO systems to provide IP-based video surveillance throughout its campus in the Appalachian Mountain region of northwestern Pennsylvania.

The system at Clarion University is built around Panasonic’s i-PRO WJ-ND400 network video recorder (NVR), with the i-PRO WV-NW502S camera, a 3.0 megapixel vandal-resistant IP camera offering multiple stream formats: H.264, MPEG-4 and JPEG compression. The camera incorporates Adaptive Black Stretch technology to make dark areas more visible, and face detection technology The WV-NW502S provides images at 30 frames per second in H.264 format (in 1.3 megapixel mode).

The cameras, installed by the University’s systems integrator, The Protection Bureau, provide surveillance of the exterior of two campuses and the interiors of new buildings as they are built or retrofitted. The Protection Bureau has been installing cameras at Clarion University for about a year and will continue with the installations for the next three to five years.

The NVR can accommodate 64 cameras. It offers multi-format recording in MPEG-4 and JPEG, 2x and 4x digital zoom on live or recorded video, and Panasonic camera control for pan/tilt, zoom, focus, brightness, preset position and auto mode. “A new camera takes the same IP address, so it’s plug-and-play,” says Bob Burket, Senior Security Consultant for The Protection Bureau.

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