Urban campus fired up about network surveillance from Axis
Central Piedmont Community College uses IP video as crucial link between IT, campus security, facilities managers and local police
“Axis cameras are pretty much plug-and-play. Because the technology lets you stream lower resolution video to the dispatch center and archive high resolution images locally, our network remains blazingly fast.“ Patrick Dugan, Interim Executive Director of Technology Infrastructure Systems at Central Piedmont Community College.
After a failed attempt to salvage its aging analog surveillance systems with proprietary encoders, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) decided it was time to migrate to a centralized network solution that would dovetail with its recently upgraded infrastructure backbone, which linked its main campus with six satellite locations across metro Charlotte, NC. Since they were going all-IP, college security pressed for high resolution cameras that would capture crucial details they needed to do their job more effectively. They also wanted a system that could provide intelligent analytics like motion and audio detection to help them spot potential trouble before it happened.
The Information Technology Services (ITS) department installed a mix of Axis high resolution fixed dome and PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) network cameras, piggybacking them on CPCC’s high-performance network which had been amplified to support growing demand for voice and streaming video. The Axis cameras linked via an open standard interface to an ipConfigure video management system (VMS) that allows security to easily monitor the cameras at all seven campuses from a central dispatch station.
The new IP surveillance solution has been a multi-faceted success. CPCC has tied the Axis cameras to access control to monitor food deliveries to its Culinary Arts building. College security has shared video footage from one of its multi-story parking decks with Charlotte- Mecklenburg police to catch a car thief. Local law enforcement has also tapped into the college’s camera network during NASCAR events and city festivals to ensure public safety on crowded downtown streets.