Surveillance

Endicott College Tightens Security in Video Surveillance Expansion

A Boston college has just completed an update to its video surveillance layout, increasing its number of security cameras twentyfold. Endicott College has 55 buildings, including 33 on-campus residence halls, across 235 acres. In a $1.4 million project the school updated its surveillance set-up to outfit the campus with 650 high-resolution IP cameras.

The equipment includes a combination of two-, three- and five-megapixel cameras from AXIS Communications and IPVideo. The video is streamed to eight IPVideo SentryVMS servers, which provide a capacity of 60 terabytes of digital storage space. The IPVideo and other surveillance gear received a boost when it was recommended by nearby Gordon College.

During the four-month implementation, system integrator A+ Technology & Security Solutions also developed a command center in the dispatch room of the college's public safety office, where the video system is monitored.

"The public safety team is loving all the cameras because they're cutting down on incidents across campus. People know that the cameras are all over the campus and that there's footage," said Pam Droney, director of communications technology. However, she added, the school is being "very diligent in trying to make sure privacies are respected and that we're not intruding on people."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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