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University of Miami Enhances Campus Security with Video Surveillance System

In a move to enhance safety on campus, the University of Miami has expanded its IP video surveillance system with a new deployment of IQeye HD megapixel cameras. The Coral Gables, FL.-based research university will have more than 500 cameras throughout the main campus by the time the deployment is completed.

While the university has used video surveillance for a number of years, campus administrators say they needed a way to streamline the institution's disparate legacy systems. "We had so many legacy analog systems, we were looking to bring it all together into a unified, centralized system," said Jose Ruano, executive director of IT Security.

The university installed cameras in locations identified as high crime areas as well areas where image quality is important for identification purposes. "We are continuing on the same path we’ve been on for the last year or so -- working with the campus police to identify high-crime areas and then covering those areas with megapixel cameras," explained Senior Security Engineer Steve Weatherly. "Right now, we’re focusing on bike theft and deploying cameras in about eight different areas to more effectively combat those incidents."

The institution also implemented OnSSI video management software (VMS) for its expanded security system. OnSSI VMS enables campus police to view images from all cameras across campus while individual schools and departments can view only the cameras installed in their buildings or location.

U of Miami is employing other measures to boost on-campus security. The institution is providing video feeds of campus activities to Coral Gables police so they can provide back up assistance as needed. IT administrators are exploring ways to use video on mobile devices to assist campus police as they patrol. The campus also plans to implement license plate recognition software and deploy "virtual desktops" in the field.

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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