U. of Miami Installs 350 IQinVision Megapixel Cameras

School updates to a unified system of IP cameras.
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The University of Miami has installed over 350 IQinVision megapixel cameras throughout its main campus, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif. producer of high definition (HD) megapixel internet-protocol (IP) cameras says in a written statement.

The university had maintained video surveillance for a number of years, but the school had many legacy disparate analog systems, said Jose Ruano, the university’s executive director of IT security.

The school wanted a single unified system, but to achieve that, the university needed to upgrade to IP, says Steve Weatherly, senior security engineer. “It was much more economical to upgrade our cameras and run them over the IP network than laying coax,” he said.

“When I first saw a demo of an IQeye megapixel camera, I was blown away at the (image) quality compared to analog,” Weatherly said. “Ever since then it’s been IQinVision.” In addition to selecting the IQeye cameras, the university also chose OnSSI video management software for their upgraded security system.

The university actually has over 400 cameras operational, with approximately 90 percent of them IQeye HD megapixel cameras, and as the university’s legacy analog cameras fail, the plan is to replace them with more IQeye cameras, the company says. The IQeye HD megapixel cameras are installed in places where image quality is critical for identification purposes such as parking lots and areas that typically have a high density of students, and in areas identified as high crime areas. “Very good (image) quality,” which was an important consideration in the university’s selection of IQeye HD megapixel cameras. “You often see for those typical convenience store robberies that the camera gets an image, but you can’t see who the bad guy is,” Ruano said. “We’ve had several instances in which the police get a screen shot or a video clip from 20, 30, even 40 feet away and you can see the face, you can ID that person,” he said.

In addition, the OnSSI video management software allows Campus Police to view images from all the IQeye and other cameras, while each school or separate department views only the cameras installed in their buildings or area. “We see our video surveillance as an important, valuable deterrent tool,” Ruano said. “Some see Miami as a high-crime city, so the fact that we have a video surveillance system of this size and high quality is very important for our student’s parents—they need to be assured that the university has made a major investment in the security infrastructure to provide a safer environment for their children.”