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Openview Upgrades Security Systems at
Loughborough University
L
oughborough University has
upgraded its CCTV security network to increase the level of
protection for the 17,975 students and
3,787 members of staff that study,
work, live in or visit the campus. The
project has been completed by OpenView Security Solutions (OSS), one of
the UK’s leading independent providers of security and IT infrastructure
solutions, which was awarded the
contract through the ESPO tender
portal.
After completing a series of enhancements to the CCTV system, the last of
which took place in 2012 when it was
chosen as the official preparation camp
headquarters for Team GB prior to the
London Olympic Games, the university
wanted to upgrade the existing security
control room equipment which had
reached end of life. This would include
the consolidation of two separate workstation systems, enabling them both to
monitor any part of the campus, enhancing service delivery and delivering cost
savings.
OSS installed an IndigoVision Control
Centre, a fully integrated system that
allows video, access control and alarms
to be easily managed. With a unique
Distributed Network Architecture (DNA),
it delivers greater resilience and supports continuous system growth for future-proofing. The company also
installed two Indigo Vision Enterprise
NVR-AS network video recorders in a
server farm on the university’s IT network along with an additional failover
unit for added resilience. Each NVR has
a data throughput of 2 Gbps and up to
112TB usable storage.
Over 300 cameras have been connected to the IndigoVision platform using the
latest high speed IP technology over the
existing IT infrastructure. The university
also took the opportunity to install 30
new IndigoVision PTZ cameras to provide enhanced monitoring at key locations across its 440 acre campus. OSS
also installed encoders and an IndigoVision Camera Gateway to enable older
analogue cameras to stream images via
IP over the network.
“OpenView Security Solutions worked
closely in partnership with our IT team to
ensure there was no loss of service
throughout the upgrade process,” commented Andrew Burgess, Director of
Infrastructure & Commercial Services at
Loughborough University. “The new
system has delivered immediate operational benefits by being easier to use
and manage. It enhances the level of
security provided across the campus
which is helping to reduce the incidence of reported crime and ensure the
safety and welfare of students, staff
and visitors.”
The new system also allows images
from the bodycams used by security
patrols that help maintain an effective
Campus Watch Scheme to be uploaded to the system via docking stations.
All footage is stored centrally helping to
maintain crime recording procedures
and make informed decisions concerning the patrolling strategy.
According to Andy Ward, Andy Ward,
Sales Director of OpenView Security
Solutions: “The award of this contract
confirms the growing recognition of our
technical ability to efficiently handle
high profile installations. We are focused on working with ‘best of breed’
technology providers and using the latest standards such as ONVIF to ensure
that security systems meet client expectations, reduce the fear of crime
and create a safer community wherever they are deployed.”
OSS has subsequently been awarded
a contract to support and maintain the
university’s CCTV network, control
room and intruder alarm systems helping to maintain community confidence.
For more information, please visit
www.openviewgroup.com
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