VANCOUVER, Canada— Vancouver Community College (VCC) recently deployed a high-definition (HD) surveillance system by Avigilon in an effort to improve staff and student safety across its two campuses.
VCC installed a combination of 26 1-megapixel Avigilon HD cameras, four 2-megapixel HD cameras, and three 3-megapixel HD cameras to monitor high traffic areas within the college, particularly where cash-handling processes occur. The institution also installed 16 Avigilon analog video encoders to enhance the performance of its existing analog cameras, which monitor other high security areas within campus buildings. Storing up to 29 days of footage, security personnel monitor the surveillance system from a control room located at each campus using the company’s Control Center network video management software (NVMS).
Leveraging the advanced features of the Control Center NVMS, including its use of JPEG 2000 compression technology, VCC can provide useable evidence to local law enforcement faster than before, helping to strengthen its relationship and leading to more successful investigations, according to the company.
In addition, the college utilizes the advanced search and bookmarking capabilities to highlight specific details to reduce investigation times from days to minutes and is currently networking both campuses to ensure automatic failover from one site to the other if necessary.
“Our previous analog-based system could not provide the image clarity and management features needed to improve campus security,” says Surinder Aulakh, director of safety and security, VCC. “We knew it was time to move to a high definition system like the Avigilon HD surveillance system to capture useable evidence that can be easily reviewed and shared with the appropriate authorities for fast and efficient conflict resolution.”