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California State in Monterey Bay Deploying IP Video Surveillance

As part of an effort to increase campus policing, California State University Monterey Bay has deployed a new video surveillance system. The project, begun in 2009, will use Cisco Systems' Video System Operation Manager, a system for managing enterprise-scale deployments of media servers, cameras, and users.

The university has been working on the deployment with systems integrator INX, which said it will earn revenues of about $454,000 from the project.

"With this new safety and security system in place we are well positioned to better protect our students, faculty, staff and visitors," said university Police Chief Fred Hardee. "The cohesive nature of our safety and security system allows us to be more connected than ever before."

University President Dianne Harrison alluded to the new video surveillance system in 2009 in a written response to claims by Web site The Daily Beast that the campus was among the most crime-ridden in the nation, a report she said used "flawed methodology and ... junk science."

"In the past year, we have installed a system of security cameras that monitor high-traffic areas in campus buildings and provide images that police officers can view in their patrol cars en route to a call," she stated.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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