IQinVision ,market leader in high-performance HD megapixel IP cameras, today announced the University of Miami, Florida, has installed over 350 IQinVision megapixel cameras throughout its main campus in order to create a safer environment for students, staff, and visitors. The University of Miami is a private research university with more than 15,000 students.
The university had maintained video surveillance for a number of years, but as Jose Ruano, Executive Director of IT Security, explained, “Our challenge was that a university is very de-centralized. We had so many legacy ip cctv system, and we were looking to bring it all together into a unified system that we could manage in a centralized manner.” Campus Police are responsible for monitoring video and investigating any incidents, but as Ruano pointed out this was made very difficult by the many disparate systems.
In order to integrate all the different video systems into a single unified system, Ruano and colleague Steve Weatherly, Senior Security Engineer, knew the university needed to upgrade to IP. “It was much more economical to upgrade our cameras and run them over the IP network than laying coax,” recalled Weatherly. Both Weatherly and Ruano conducted extensive research and identified companies they wanted to visit at the ISC West security tradeshow. “When I first saw a demo of an IQeye megapixel Infrared Security Cameras, I was blown away at the quality of compared to analogue,” said Weatherly. “Ever since then it’s been IQinVision.” In addition to selecting IQeye outdoor cctv camera, University of Miami also chose OnSSI video management software for their upgraded security system.
The university actually has over 400 cameras installed, with approximately 90% of them IQeye HD megapixel cameras. IQeye cameras are installed wherever image quality is critical for identification purposes—parking lots and areas that typically have a high density of students. The University Police also conducted an analysis to identify high crime areas. Cameras were then installed to address pressing needs at the locations identified in the study.