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Achieving top honors in campus safety with Axis
Benedictine University earns state-wide recognition for excellence in campus security with Axis network cameras and video encoders
“With an active campus of over 10,000 students and special events that can draw an additional 4,000 people and their vehicles, there’s no way we could handle all the routine calls we receive without our Axis cameras.” Michael Salatino, Chief of Police, Benedictine University.
With parents of incoming students expressing ever higher expectations for campus safety, Benedictine University has worked hard to earn its ranking as one of the safest four-year private institutions in the state of Illinois. In fact, the ranking serves as a great recruitment tool. But to maintain its best practices, the university continues to seek out the latest advances in video surveillance technology to help its peace officers respond more quickly to routine and emergency calls across its campus.
Since 2007, Convergint Technologies, a Schaumburg, IL-based security integrator and Axis partner, has worked with the university to strategically deploy Axis cameras across the suburban Chicago campus. As technology progressed, they took full advantage of features such as HDTV-resolution, H.264 compression, WDR, low-light color fidelity and 360° field-of-view. Axis cameras are managed by an OnSSI VMS that integrates with the university’s Lenel OnGuard® Card Access system as well as the campus emergency response and public address systems. Convergint also integrated a number of legacy analog cameras into the surveillance network with Axis video encoders.
In addition to serving as a force multiplier for routine service calls, the Benedictine University police department has integrated Axis network cameras and video encoders into its emergency preparedness program to assist officers in informing and protecting students, faculty and staff of severe weather conditions and emergency evacuations, as well as coordinating with local law enforcement during active shooter drills.