Newman Univ. Turns to IDIS to Improve Aging Video Surveillance System

Newman University was searching for a solution that requires minimal training for its contracted security officers and has minimal maintenance charges.

Newman Univ. Turns to IDIS to Improve Aging Video Surveillance System

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — After a power surge disabled more than 30 cameras in Newman University’s video surveillance system, security officials realized it was time to replace the aging infrastructure.

To find a solution, campus security officials enlisted the help of Unison Integrated Technology, a CCTV installation and maintenance company. Since the school works with contract security, they were searching for an easy-to-use solution.

“We contract out our security services, so it’s important for newly arrived officers to be able to use all of the system’s key features with minimal training,” said facilities manager Lewis Palin.

Total cost of ownership was also an important consideration since the school would need 150 new internal and external cameras that could integrate with existing cameras and infrastructure. Palin was also looking for minimal maintenance charges, no license fees and the ability to scale the system as the campus grows or requirements change.

Ultimately, Unison recommended IDIS‘ DirectIP, a solution used by several nearby colleges, says the press release. The solution provides more than 160 cameras, including five 2MP Lightmaster IR PTZ models that deliver 36x zoom and sharp images in all lighting due to its 350 meter IR, wide dynamic range and digital image stabilization.

Unison also helped to install 55 full-HD IR vandal-resistant dome cameras to secure entrances and internal areas and 40 IR bullet cameras to give HD coverage of external areas.

All cameras use IDIS Smart Failover technology to ensure automatic protection against video data loss. The storage capability is assured by four 64-channel network video recorders with built-in failover and RAID 1, 5 and 10 support, plus three 32-channel recorders with IDIS Intelligent Codec.

“Unison got the entire job done in three weeks – with swift stock delivery from IDIS – working around us to deliver our new system exactly as promised,” said Palin. “We will definitely stick with IDIS technology as we expand our estate.”

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