Helpful Hints on Successfully Installing Security Technology on Campus

Here’s how Los Angeles-based Otis College upgraded its security technology to better protect its campus community.

Over the past year, Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester, Calif. launched its new department of campus safety. At the same time, it updated the security technology deployed on campus. Some of the new technology installed includes video surveillance, access control, emergency notification and AEDs.

Otis Campus Safety Supervisor Salvador Arevalo was responsible for vetting many of the vendors and equipment that was eventually installed on campus. In this video, Arevalo stresses the fact that one size doesn’t fit all. Otis is a small, private arts college, so what is appropriate for it might or might not be appropriate for a large public university. He also stresses the importance of benchmarking and vendor customer service.

Here, Arevalo provides some tips on how to chose a vendor that is appropriate for your institution, as well as some other tips on testing the technology you are considering to determine if it will work as advertised.

Additionally, Arevalo gives us a brief tour of his campus dispatch center where we can see how Otis’ video surveillance system is monitored.

The technology upgrades Arevalo discusses coincide with the launching of the school’s brand new department of campus safety. In a previous interview with Campus Safety magazine Otis Chief of Campus Safety and Security Rick Gonzalez talked about the importance of learning about the culture of a particular institution and working with campus stakeholders so that the department of public safety mirrors the culture of the campus. Gonzalez also discussed the importance of benchmarking with other organizations, including those that are different from your own to get a wide variety of ideas about training, customer service and other subjects.

About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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