University of Illinois deploys IP video solutions

Axis cameras integrated with Milestone's IP video management platform to create comprehensive video system for university campus


In all, about 10 departments have already completed their surveillance camera installations, including organizations like the Campus Rec Center, which manages the two-year old, $54 million Activities and Recreation Center, one of the country's largest on-campus indoor recreation centers. Three other indoor recreational facilities and a host of outdoor sports fields have been completed with the assistance of Hetrick and Current Technologies. Another 30 or so additional departments are in the process of deploying IP cameras and other equipment.

The vast majority of network cameras are provided by Axis Communications. The projects underway now range anywhere from 6 cameras to about 70 cameras in size and feature a mixture of fixed, megapixel and pan/tilt/zoom cameras.

"As one of our trusted Gold Application Development Partners, Milestone demonstrates once again that an intelligent, open, IP-based surveillance installation is the best solution for centralizing thousands of video streams into one advanced, yet digestible security solution," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications Inc. "By combining superior network cameras with an intuitive and pro-active VMS, customers like the University of Illinois can react to threats and keep students and faculty safe, while costeffectively operating and growing their system as needed."

Axis' ADP program assists software developers in providing fully integrated support for Axis network video products in end-user solutions through application components such as VAPIX®, technological documentation, SDKs and dedicated development support. The Gold ADP status is reserved for development partners who enable tight integration with Axis network video products and also drive education throughout the market about the benefits of an open IP-based system.

For example, each department at the University of Illinois at Urbana also retains the ability to monitor its own video, although Chief Barbara O'Connor's policy is that video is also fed directly back to the police dispatch center over the campus' fiber backbone, where on-duty dispatchers can view live video or access archived events. Administration rights are also centralized at the dispatch center, handled by a dedicated police department staffer tasked with Milestone system management, including software updates, access rights and other associated tasks. All police officers as well as the university's telecommunications/IT staff will also be trained on the software.

"Making the argument for surveillance cameras can be particularly tough in the higher education environment, but the efficacy of the Milestone system helped to make the case to campus administrators," says Chief O'Connor.

Read the University of Illinois Milestone customer case story in the October issue of Campus Safety magazine.