Ensuring the safety and security of college campuses has received greater scrutiny given recent high profile violent events. Campus security managers must be prepared to address shootings, suicide, kidnappings, rape, robbery, vandalism, protests, severe weather and other unexpected occurrences. If the campus hosts a large sports venue where thousands of people congregate for tailgating and games there is an added layer of complexity due to multiple jurisdictions with overlapping authorities. Vidsys software is designed to improve overall security and safety while enhancing interoperability and situational awareness. Vidsys provides a holistic approach to risk management that also fortifies emergency preparedness and response.
Vidsys helps campuses:
- Control multiple and disparate systems and sensors
- Prevent access to unauthorized areas
- Achieve real-time visibility to malicious threats
- Leverage existing technology assets to maximum life
- Improve info sharing and collaboration with stakeholders
Loughborough is one of the UK’s leading universities. It is the largest single site campus in the nation, comprising 438 acres. With the arrival of Great Britain’s Olympic team for training in 2012, Loughborough needed to upgrade both security operations and its command center. The Security team looked to Vidsys to enhance situational awareness. The solutions team provided technical expertise to leverage aging legacy systems and combine newer technologies as well.
Now the upgraded control room integrates disparate CCTV systems into one user interface. Benefits realized include enhanced efficiencies and tangible cost savings. When an alarm comes, the security team can dispatch an officer faster than before. The time it takes to resolve a security situation has decreased and less time is wasted on false alarms.
Since command operators only need to be trained on the Vidsys platform, the university is saving time and money on training. Mastering only one software platform makes it easier to become proficient.
Security manager Stuart Christie said, “Technology changes rapidly. We know with Vidsys we will be able to make upgrades as and when we require.”