Univ. of Ill. Standardizes with Centralized Platform
Milestone Systems, an open platform company in IP video
management software and Axis Gold Application Development Partner, is the
solution of choice for the
The campus is frequented by approximately 53,000 students, staff and visitors on a daily basis; is home to 11 million books, the largest public university library collection in the country; has 14 major sporting facilities, 17 colleges and instructional units; and employs 11 Nobel laureates and 18 Pulitzer Prize winners as part of its faculty.
It faces everyday issues such as thefts on and around campus, including stolen laptops inside the university’s libraries, as well as other stolen items elsewhere. With more than 400 main facilities on campus, the 55-member police department has a lot of ground to cover. Public safety officials were looking for a way to provide real-time, reliable security information to police while saving money, which meant consolidating smaller, autonomous analog systems that dotted the campus.
“One detective had so many software programs running on his
computer to manage all the different video systems that his computer wouldn’t
work,” said detective Tim Hetrick of the
“If security is decentralized on a major university then police cannot use that system to its maximum capacity,” police chief Barbara O’Connor said. “We have developed a policy where anyone on campus purchasing a camera system must have it approved by the chief of police.”
The solution was a gradual, three- to five-year deployment of approximately 4,500 cameras that would be managed in a central location using a single video management platform â€” Milestone XProtect™ Corporate.
Like many universities, determining the need and making the
decision to install a surveillance system is left to the individual department,
whether it’s the Housing Administration,
All new installations will be managed by Milestone XProtect Corporate, an IP-based video software system that centralizes the surveillance system management into a single, easy-to-use solution. Because the software is capable of integrating with more than 80 different video surveillance vendors, individual departments can select head end equipment that fits their needs and budget, without worrying about integration issues with the Milestone software.
Because of Milestone Systems’ open platform, police are moving forward with testing the integration of the system with door access control. Using Andover Controls software and integration services through Schneider Electric, the interoperable solution was running at a test site at the police department as of August 2010.
In all, about 10 departments have already completed their
surveillance camera installations, including organizations like the
Each department at the