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Students feel safer with network surveillance
Gateway Technical College reinforces zero tolerance policy with Axis IP cameras
“Our facilities and security staff use the Axis cameras from the time the doors open in the morning until they close at night. Viewing the video in real time means when they see or hear something happening, they can jump on it very quickly before the problem escalates.“ Ray Koukari, Dean of Campus Affairs for the Racine campus of Gateway Technical College.
The Wisconsin’s Gateway Technical College sought out a surveillance solution that would deter crimes and misdemeanors through more comprehensive and higher quality video and audio coverage of the buildings and grounds.
Technology Resource Advisors, Inc. (TRA) – a Milwaukee, WI-based integrator and Axis Partner – recommended a wide array of HDTV-quality Axis fixed and pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) network cameras integrated with Milestone XProtect® Enterprise video management software. Surveillance video would be stored locally at each campus, where select staff members have access to live feeds and archived footage of their respective campuses.
Incidents of theft, physical violence and vandalism have dropped significantly since the IP cameras were installed. The IP system has helped recover an instructor’s stolen laptop, ensured new common rooms are well maintained and, in one instance, video of an alleged assault from the Racine campus was forwarded to the local police within 20 minutes of the event, which resulted in the suspect being apprehended the next day. Local reporters and community bloggers voiced amazement that anyone would try to commit a crime on a campus with such a high-tech surveillance system, and praised the cameras for catching the alleged criminal’s “mug” on camera.