University of Sydney

Challenges

Develop a campus-wide security plan to create a safe and open learning environment.

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University of Sydney

Solution

Security officers monitor the Avigilon HD Surveillance System 24x7 from a central control room using Avigilon Control Center Enterprise Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management, which was built from the ground up to manage HD surveillance video. A hundred Avigilon HD cameras ranging from 1 MP to 16 MP provide coverage of the Camperdown/Darlington and Cumberland campuses, monitoring all entry and exit points, 24-hour learning areas such as computer labs and libraries, and high use open areas. The University has deployed Avigilon HD 360 panoramic dome cameras to monitor smaller classrooms and labs and installed more than 45 Avigilon analog video encoders to improve the performance of its existing analog-based cameras. The University stores 30 days of continuous surveillance footage on virtual servers that are located offsite and plans to expand the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to 400 cameras over the next couple of years.

Benefits

With superior image quality and zooming capabilities, the Avigilon HD Surveillance System has enabled the University to install fewer cameras and to leverage its existing network infrastructure to save on installation and maintenance costs. Security officers have improved investigative capability and reduced investigation times from days to minutes. By integrating surveillance with an access control and intruder alarm system, University security guards are better prepared to respond to emergencies. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has also played a key role in reducing crime by 25 percent year-over-year since 2009.

  • 25% reduction in crime
  • Lowered installation costs
  • Faster response times

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“We wanted to find the best way to achieve our surveillance goals for the best value.”

University of Sydney Reduces Crime by 25 Percent Year-Over-Year with Avigilon HD Surveillance System

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is one of the oldest universities in Australia, attracting students, staff, and researchers from all over the world to its state-of-the-art campus. Dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment in which staff and students can achieve their teaching, learning, and research goals, the University has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System as a key element of its campus-wide security plan.


Securing a Small City

With 32,000 full-time students, 16,000 part-time students, and 16,000 staff and affiliates, the University of Sydney faces the same security risks as a small city including theft, disorderly conduct, assault, and vandalism. “Spread across six campuses, more than 530 hectares of open space, and 640,000 m2 of indoor area, we actually have our own postal code,” explained Morgan Andrews, manager of the campus security unit at the University of Sydney. With an existing analog-based system in some of its buildings, the University decided it was time to expand coverage to all major open spaces including pedestrian corridors, athletic fields, and all entry and exit points. After undergoing a thorough review of seven HD surveillance system manufacturers, the University of Sydney selected Avigilon for its superior image quality, ease-of-use, and cost-effectiveness. “We wanted to find the best way to achieve our surveillance goals for the best value,” said Andrews. “It made more sense for us to deploy a higher grade system like Avigilon’s than one that involves more, less powerful cameras that require multiple installations.”


“By dramatically improving image quality, the Avigilon analog video encoders have extended the life of our existing analog-based cameras, saving us a significant infrastructure investment.”

The Avigilon Solution

A total of 100 Avigilon HD cameras ranging from 1 MP to 16 MP have been installed to date to provide coverage of the Camperdown/ Darlington and Cumberland campuses, monitoring all entry and exit points, 24-hour learning areas such as computer labs and libraries, and most high use open areas. The University has deployed Avigilon HD 360 panoramic dome cameras to monitor smaller classrooms and labs. To improve the performance of its existing 190 analog- based cameras, Andrews deployed Avigilon analog video encoders. “By dramatically improving image quality, the Avigilon analog video encoders have extended the life of our existing analog-based cameras, saving us a significant infrastructure investment,” noted Andrews. Security officers monitor the Avigilon HD Surveillance System 24x7 from a central control room using Avigilon Control Center Enterprise Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management, which was built from the ground up to manage HD surveillance video. The University stores 30 days of continuous surveillance footage on virtual servers that are located offsite.


Fewer Cameras; Less Infrastructure

According to Andrews, a key selling feature of the Avigilon HD Surveillance System is that it delivers superior image quality with fewer cameras and less infrastructure. “Because Avigilon delivers exceptional image quality and zooming capabilities, we were able to install Avigilon HD 11 MP and 16 MP cameras on our buildings and leverage our existing network infrastructure, saving us the time and cost of having to dig trenches, install poles, and run masses of cables and electrical wiring,” said Andrews.

By installing Avigilon 360 panoramic HD cameras in some of its smaller spaces, the University has achieved further cost savings. “We can monitor our classrooms and labs with just one Avigilon 360 panoramic HD camera instead of two or three analog-based


“Avigilon Control Center software is so easy to use, it has allowed us to improve the success of our investigations and also save time.”

Usability for Greater Efficiencies

The search capabilities within Avigilon Control Center software have proven invaluable for security officers, who have reduced investigations from days or hours to just minutes. “Avigilon Control Center software is so easy to use, it has allowed us to improve the success of our investigations and also save time,” explained Andrews. For example, the University installed just one Avigilon HD camera to monitor its entire boardwalk, an area that would require up to 15 analog-based cameras. “With just one camera to monitor, we can track a person moving along the boardwalk for a seamless view of an incident instead of having to switch from camera to camera.” In fact, the University recently leveraged the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to capture indisputable evidence of a robbery that occurred on the boardwalk, which resulted in an arrest and conviction. “We clearly identified the perpetrator from 200 meters out,” confirmed Andrews. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has played a key role in multiple investigations because the University can provide information to local police to finalize a criminal incident. “The image quality is so high that in some cases it is better than looking at a photo, helping police to positively identify offenders.”


Surveillance Integrates with Access Control

One of the key requirements for the new HD surveillance system was that it be able to integrate easily with the Universityʼs existing Cardax access control and intruder alarm system to further assist in investigations. “By integrating the Avigilon HD Surveillance System with our access control and alarm system, we can better assess a situation before we dispatch our guards,” stated Andrews. “Now we can determine the nature of the call and prepare our officers to handle the situation appropriately.” The integrated surveillance and access control and alarm system also helps save time, freeing up guards from having to respond to non-urgent situations, like when an alarm is accidentally set off.


“The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has played a key role in our ability to reduce crime by 25 percent year-over-year.”

Success: Reducing Crime

There is no doubt that the Avigilon HD Surveillance System was a smart choice for the University of Sydney, which was able to enhance surveillance across its two main campuses, save money, and reduce crime. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has played a key role in our ability to reduce crime by 25 percent year-over-year since 2009,” concluded Andrews. “We plan to install several hundred more Avigilon cameras in high traffic areas across all our campuses to reduce the crime rate even further.”



Glossary

ACC Version Last version of ACC tested with camera. This also implies support for later versions of ACC unless specifically listed otherwise.
Audio Input Receive audio feed from camera.
Audio Output Send audio to speaker attached to camera.
Autodiscovery Automatic discovery of camera IP address when connected within a LAN environment.
Compression Type Describes the encoding types supported for the camera.
Connection Type Describes the type of Device Driver used. Native refers to the Manufacturer's specific device driver.
Dewarping In-Client dewarping of fisheye or panoramic cameras.
Digital Input Receive Digital or Relay inputs from camera.
Digital output Trigger digital or relay outputs physically connected to a camera.
Motion Quick display of whether Motion Recording is available on for the camera.
Motion Configuration Configuration of motion detection within the ACC Client.
Motion Recording Support for motion-based recording.
PTZ Quick display of whether PTZ functionality is available for camera.
PTZ Control Basic PTZ Movement.
PTZ Patterns/Tours Ability to create and trigger either PTZ Patterns, or PTZ Tours, depending on camera support.
PTZ Presets Create and trigger PTZ Preset positions.
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Connection Type ONVIF
Unit Type IP PTZ camera
Compression Types H.264

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