University Surveillance Profile: Gallaudet

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Dec 10, 2013

We visited Theodore Baran, the security director at Gallaudet University, a private school for deaf and hard of hearing students in the heart of the District of Columbia about public safety and security in this unique population.

Campus Demographics

Gallaudet has around 2,000 students enrolled. Its undergraduate students make up half the campus and are mostly deaf. There is a small portion of the student body that is deaf and blind. Gallaudet’s graduate students are a mix of hearing and deaf/hard of hearing students.

Watching Conversations

Video surveillance systems don't capture audio, but one of the most unique things about surveillance in a deaf population is that you don’t need audio to capture ongoing conversations.

That most people on campus are using American Sign Language to communicate, “is an advantage we have,” said Baran who noted that conversations have been used to vet or support how someone has described an incident.

“If someone is standing there talking about if they have marijuana then we can see that. I don’t think some people realize that.”

Cameras

The campus has around 160 cameras and uses a mix of fixed and PTZs -- about 50 percent of each, the director says. All feeds go to a central command center in the campus public safety office where they are watched by one or two operators. By default monitors are set to watch Gallaudet’s highest traffic areas. No video analytics are in use.

**** ** *** ******'* ** ********* **** ***** ******* ** the ********:

***** *** **** *** ******* ** *** ***** *** **** of********* *********** ****** *** ********** *************. *** ****** ***** ** mounted ******** ******* *****-***** ****. *** ****** ****** ****** ** ** *** first ***** ** **** ********.



“**’* ** **** ****** ** ** **** ****** ****** ** cars ** ***** *** ***********,” ***** ****.

*** ******* *** ********* **** *** ************* ******** -- ******* loses *********, ********* ****** ** ******* ******* * *****. *** office **** ******** ** **** ******* * ****** ***** *** week, *** ******** ****. **** * ***** ******* ** ******, Baran *** ******** ** ** ************* **** *** *** ******. A ***** ******* ****** **** *** **** ** * ******** truck **** *** ****** ** * *********. *** ****** ****** office ****** *** ******* ** *** ******* **** ********.

"** ******** ******* ** *** ******* **** ** ***," ** said.

**********

*** ****** ****** ****** ******* ******* **** ****** ******* ******. All ** *** ***** ** *** ****** **** ***** ******* to ******* ****** ** *** ******** ***** ** ** *** the ******.

****** *********** ***** ** *****'* **** ** ******** **** ****** their ***** ***** *** ****** ** ********* ********* *** ********** inside *** ***** ******* ************ ***** ******* **** ********* *** the ********** ******** **** **** ********.

*********

******, ****** ******** **** **** *** **'* ***** ****** ************ ************ ********** *** ****'* *** ************ *******. *** ****'* ****** safety ********** **** ** *** **** **** **** ****** ** deaf ********* **** **** ***** **** **** ********* *** **** effective **** ******* ********* ** ******** *********, ******* **** *** body ******** *** ******** ************. ** ***** *********'* ****** ****** director ***** *** ******.

***** **** *** ****** *** **** ********* ** *** ****, and *** ** ********** ** ***** *** "****** ******* ** his ***" *** *** ****** **** *** **** *** ********* or ***** **'* **** *****. *** *********, *** **** ***** as ***********, ** ******* *** ********** ** * **** ** ASL ******** ** ******** ** *********** ******** ********** ********. ************ there *** ********** *** **** **** ********* ************* ******** ** surveillance *******.

Communication ** ******* ***********

*** ******* ********* *** *********’* ****** ****** ****** ** ****** sure ****** ******** *.*. ****** *** *********** **** *** **********. The ********** ***** ***** ** *** **** ****** ** ****** in ************* ****** ** ****** *** *** ******** ******* ** the **** **** ** *****.

“***** **** *** ******* *** *** *********** *** ****. ** just **** ** **** **** **** ** *** ****** ********* the ********** ** **** *** ***** ********** ******,” ** ****.

*** ****** ****** ****** **** *** “* *******” ** **** officers, **** ** **** **** ********* *** *.*.’* ************ ****** Department **** *** **** ** ******* ******* **** *** ** officers ******** ** *** ***** ******** ** *.*. ***** ********* is *******. **** ** *** **** ** *** ********. *** of **** *** ******** ** ********* ********.


Emergency ************

** * ****** ***** * ******** ** *** ********** ******’* hear * ******* *********** **** *** ********* ***** ******, ******** lights *** **** *********. *** **-**** ****** *** **** **** 100 ********* ******* ***** ****-********* ****. *** ******* *** **** display * *******. ***** ** * *** ** *** ******'* auditorium *** ** ********* ******.



Access *******The campus which sits in D.C.’s Trinidad neighborhood is completely fenced in with five gates that stay open during business hours. The wrought iron fence below outlines the campus perimeter. You can see a *** ** *** ***** **********. 

***** *****, *** *** *** ***** **** ** *** ****** are ****** ****** ***** *** ******** ** **** ** *** campus. *** ****** **** **** ***** *** ****** ******* *** keeps ***** *** **** ****. *** ***** ***** ** *** front **** ** ****** ** *** *****. *** ***** *** radio ******* **** *** ****** ****** ****** *** *** ******* to **** *** ****** ** *************, *** **** *** **** access ** ****** *****.

Comments (2)

* ** ******* ***** *** ***** ******. ** ** ******* audio ***** *************, **** ******* ** **** ********* ***** *** are *** ********* ***** *** *** *** ******** **** **** because ** **** ********? *** **** **** **** **** ****** privacy ****?

** ***** **** ** **** **** ***** ** ******* *** guard ***** ********* **** ****** ** **** ****** *****. ******* a ********* *****?

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports on Police

Introduction To Burglar Alarm Systems on Jan 04, 2017
While alarm systems are popular, balancing between the right level of protection, the appropriate components and an acceptable price can be very...
FLIR Acquires Drone Manufacturer For $134M on Dec 01, 2016
FLIR has acquired Prox Dynamics, a Norwegian maker of small military-grade drones, for $134M.  FLIR president Andy Teich provided additional...
Bribe Accusations By Multiple US Cities Against Taser on Jun 17, 2016
One company is dominating the body camera business - Taser. The stun gun leader aims to grow a VSaaS powerhouse and take over one of the fastest...
Security Planning For Bars And Nightclubs on Jun 16, 2016
The shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub is raising questions among entertainment venue owners, and security professionals, about how to balance...
Hitachi Crime Prediction Analytics Examined on Jun 03, 2016
Hitachi, relatively unknown in the security industry, says their forthcoming analytic software can "predict crimes before they happen". We spoke...
Police Require Problem Businesses To Get Video Surveillance on May 31, 2016
Government intrusion or smart practice? One city is requiring business that cause repeated problems to get video surveillance. In this note, we...
Hikvision Exec Simultaneously Chinese Government Security Leader on Apr 27, 2016
New information shows a Hikvision executive is simultaneously a leader within the Chinese government national security ministry. This runs counter...
Knightscope Security Robot Examined on Apr 19, 2016
Silicon Valley is bringing us security robots, or as the startup, Knightscope, likes to call it, "Advanced Physical Security Cutting Edge Anomaly...
The Power of HD Video Shown With Detroit Gas Station Shooter on Mar 23, 2016
CCTV video quality is widely seen by the public as terrible - grainy, out of focus, hard to make more out than moving fuzzy blobs.   The Motor...
Panasonic Body Camera Tested on Mar 16, 2016
Bodyworn camera use continues to increase, with more police departments mandating it and the US pledging $75M for new cameras. In this report, we...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Vivotek Favorability Results on Jan 20, 2017
Financially, Vivotek is doing relatively well. The company did ~$130 million in 2015 revenue and 2016 revenue (through Q3 reported) was up more...
PR Firm Pleads Don't Scrap PR Spending on Jan 20, 2017
PR is not dying, warns pleads PR firm. Take 40+ year old industry PR firm LRG, who recently lamented the 'misconceptions' that: Traditional PR...
Getting Started With Your IPVM Membership on Jan 20, 2017
Here's how to get started and get the most out of your IPVM membership. Books for Members All members can download the 3 member-only books below...
Jim Cramer Sucks Up To Knightscope on Jan 19, 2017
Credit must be given to Knightscope. They are raising money right now and despite their $80 million pre-money valuation against a lowly sub $1...
ADT Launches Canopy - Professional Monitoring For DIY Devices on Jan 19, 2017
The intrusion industry has criticized DIY security systems for years, claiming systems like Canary or Scout cannot match professionally installed...
Dahua UnFavorability Results on Jan 19, 2017
Dahua, the mega-Chinese surveillance manufacturer not primarily owned by the Chinese government has been trying to break out of the shadow of...
Paxton Hosted Access - Disruptive Low Dealer Pricing on Jan 19, 2017
Paxton is entering the hosted access game, with BLU, at a cost that is a fraction of key competitors. The different approach could be very...
Geovision Launches Direct Cloud Offering on Jan 18, 2017
Add cloud, subtract integrator. Geovision has launched myGVcloud, an offering that allows consumers to buy cameras and cloud services directly...
Anixter / Bosch Sells Direct to Amazon on Jan 18, 2017
Anixter regularly says they do not sell direct to end users or that they do not do it anymore. However, over the past year, Anixter has sold Bosch...
Smart Power Tools For Security Installs on Jan 18, 2017
Installing a smart camera? Perhaps you should use a 'smart' drill. The intelligent appliance / IoT trend has hit power tools. In this note, we...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact