To provide students and staff with a permanent security system, the University of the West of England has turned to Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet cameras and VMS.
The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) serves more than 30,000 students from 140 countries. It has over 3,200 employees and is one of the largest in the UK, with three modern campuses: the main Frenchay, the City (Bower Ashton, Watershed, Spike Island and Arnolfini) and Glenside.
Over the past five years, the university has spent over £300m to modernize its facilities and needed a video surveillance system to match. Previously, he had a closed circuit television (CCTV) system that was over a decade old, which was not fully operational and had frequent downtime issues.
The university’s buildings and facilities team looked for a solution that would help maintain operational security so that students and staff could be safe 24/7 that could spread across their various campuses and to update video surveillance with modern technology.
The new video surveillance infrastructure, which has cameras and the video management system (VMS) Wave of Hanwha Techwinwas awarded to KSCMmaintenance contractor CCTV of the University.
“The new Wisenet cameras and the VMS Wave software offer the university much higher quality video sequences, greater reliability and uptime, as well as the ability to evolve for the next plans and needs of the educational center,” he explains. Keyton Matthewsdirector and owner of KSCM.
A reliable and scalable solution
The university in the West of England chose Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet cameras and Wisenet Wave VMS software for their flexibility and reliability. The team of professionals carried out a phased upgrade of the existing video surveillance system to have the ability to support both legacy and new Wisenet cameras with a single VMS Wave software.
Three quarters of the university’s CCTV cameras (just over 150 devices) have been replaced along with all video recorders and VMS software. The Wisenet solution was also chosen because it had better quality cameras and video, with better cost effectiveness in terms of device and VMS life cycle.
Along with the new cameras and VMS software, new CCTV client computers and higher quality displays have been installed in the Frenchay campus control room. They previously had a smaller, more inconsistent set of screens, which have been upgraded to six 42-inch high-resolution screens.
The screens display live video to the university’s security team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and have the ability to display recorded events that have occurred on all three campuses for that they can be more proactive and informed about anyone entering and exiting a building, any damage (and who caused it), potential crime, or someone trapped in elevators or buildings after hours.
The university installed the Wisenet Wave system, an open video platform that can be integrated with a wide range of other security solutions.
It offers a solution in the cloud, in an operator position, on mobile and on a server, adapting to any organizational need. In addition, the system is designed to be very intuitive to use, so teams of professionals can get up and running with the VMS software quickly. It requires very little computing power and can be installed in a few minutes. You don’t need a system with huge specifications. This makes it especially appropriate for the education sector.
When an event occurs, the University of the West of England team can search recorded video and uncover relevant contextual information such as when the event occurred, who was present near the event and any damage that has occurred. They can also closely monitor high-risk areas, such as campus entrances and receptions, and see who is entering and exiting the university.
The university also recently invested in and upgraded its Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ALPR/ANPR) system and cameras to more accurately identify vehicles entering and leaving its facilities. The system has been updated to detect not only the license plate, but also the make, model and color of the vehicles, to provide even more situational awareness.
The university continues to implement increased CCTV coverage across campus, particularly in remote, hard-to-reach areas that lack normal network capacity, such as car parks and fenced boundaries.
This is being addressed by installing external fiber-connected boxes on the road and direct fiber-connected CCTV cameras using media converters. They are all connected to the Wisenet Wave system.
The University of the West of England is planning an increased capacity of the Wisenet cameras and the Wave system to include people counting. Specifically, to measure reckless crossings on the campus road network and determine the need for better signage and crossing points on routes most used by people. In this way, potential accidents would be reduced, making the campus a safer place to travel.
Another project is the installation and upgrade of security control rooms at Glenside and Bower Ashton to create live, redundant capabilities within other campuses, should the main Frenchay campus be compromised. This would help the security team and the university with disaster management, if for some reason the main control room could not be accessed.
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