South American university chooses ISS

June 2008 Integrated Solutions

Securing the fastest growing university in South America, with 33 campuses in 25 cities throughout Brazil, is no simple feat.

Anhanguera Educacional chose ISS SecurOS VMS (video management system) servers to integrate and manage a unified security network that needed to be robust enough to comply with the complexities of legacy deployment and be scalable enough to comply with the university's growing needs.

From single schools to university campuses, ISS solutions can power a wide range of solutions with the unique requirements of security and surveillance required for education facilities. From centralisation of monitoring and management of remote facilities, to integration capabilities, to robust customisation and authentication based on each user, and a open, modular architecture to provide extensible scalability, the ISS VMS platform has become a standard within the industry. The most comprehensive line of video analytics tools further complement this distinction. Face recognition, license plate recognition, object tracking, and unattended object detection are several of the key analytic modules used by educators to ensure 24/7 protection, better allocation of security resources and personnel, as well as a first line of proactive defence in case of emerging threats.

A primary requirement for Anhanguera was the ability to deploy and still centralise command and control of the VMS framework over an extended network consisting of multiple campuses, each with a large number of detached buildings. The need for powerful centralisation was compounded by the university having campuses throughout Brazil, consisting of nearly a 1000 mile radius. The utilisation of the system was focused on four primary tenets:

* Public safety - with many university facilities open for long hours and on nights and weekends, it was determined that security personnel alone could not effectively manage and protect the entire breadth of facilities. The SecurOS system's powerful event and reaction management capabilities which can be tuned based on individual camera, time, and/or zone parameters, and can then drive alarms or video through multiple channels, including e-mail, telephone, or pager, as well as driving video clips or live video to PDAs, was a significant factor in the university's choice.

* Asset protection/loss prevention - many of the campuses are located in inner cities, and a key concern for school officials was protection from theft or intentional damage such as vandalism.

* Liability - for events that had already occurred, centralising management of video was a key factor. This allows trained professionals at central station(s) to manage events in realtime as they occur, as well as have video stored and available over remote storage networks for rapid retrieval in case of evidentiary need.

* Image analytics and system extensibility - the comprehensive ISS alone of image analytics, such as face recognition, object tracking, etc allowed for the university to have an additive system with long term deployment in mind.

* Redundancy/fail safe architecture - the all IP camera architecture is able to take advantage of unique SecurOS feature-sets that allow for rapid redirection and redundancy of realtime video data in case of server or network failure.

The recently deployed ISS system at the university, implemented as Phase 1, includes an all IP camera network secured locally with SecurOS servers. Remote connectivity of all servers utilises a combination of shared Internet and direct fibre connectivity to secure all university locations into one unified network. Event alarms are managed locally and also logged into a centralised location. Similarly, video data is stored at a high frame rate locally and archived at a reduced rate at a secure centralised data centre. Phase 2 of the deployment will introduce intelligent features such as face recognition and licence plate recognition, as well as integration of legacy university life-safety and fire systems.

For more information contact Branevision, +27 (0)83 330 8767, eugene@branevision.com




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