Large US University End-User Video Surveillance Interview

Author: Dan Gelinas, Published on Mar 18, 2019

Schools have become targets in modern days of active shooters and terrorist fears. The need for video and access security is high. Universities also present increased challenges—students live both on and off campus, people take night classes that require unique time-based access levels, cameras are required to see in a broader variety of conditions, for example. When that university system is very large—not one campus but 20—there are even more considerations.

IPVM interviews the Technology Administrator of a large US University that comprises numerous campuses across their state. The system incorporates thousands of cameras and manages permission rights for more than 100,0000 credential holders.

Our interview with a Technology Administrator at a large US University covers a wide range of important topics:

  • Why they do not use integrators for their video surveillance and what they do instead
  • Why they still have thousands of analog cameras and what they are doing about that
  • How many cases a year video surveillance has an impact on and what image quality challenges they have
  • What VMS, camera and access control manufacturers they have
  • What multi-imager cameras they are using and which 'failed miserably'
  • What type of facial recognition they are considering and why they rejected Anyvision
  • Why they have 'no intention' to use Dahua, Hikvision or Huawei and why they 'tore apart some camera models'

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****: *** *** *** **** **** **** ***?

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****: ** *** **** ** ******* *** ******* ****** ****** to *********** ****** **** ***** ******* ** ******* ****** ** labs, ***?

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****: **** *** *** ** **** ************* ** ******** ** allow **** ******* ** *** ** *****, ** *** *** relying ** ******'* ** ************?

************ ** **** *** ** ****** ** ***** *** ***** and ****-*** *** ******** ** ** *****, *** *** *** most **** *** ******* ************ *** **********. *** *** ******* spaces ***** **** ** ********* *** ***********, ** *** **** systems.

****: **** **** * ******* *** ** *** *** **** like *** ***?

*** **, * **** ** *** * ***** *** ** NVRs ** **** **** ******* ******** *********. * *** ******, but * **** ** ***** *** **** ****. ** **** health **********, *** **** ******* **** *******. ** **** * very ******* *******.

****: **** ***** ** ************* (*******, ******, *********, *****, **** notification, ***.) *** ***** ********* ** *** ******?

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****: **** ** *** **** *** ***** ** ***** ******* systems?

** **** ****** ******* ** **% ** *** ********* *** we **** ** ********. ** **** ***, *** *********** ** the ****** *** **** ******** *********, ********, *******, *****, ***. It’s *** ****** *****.

****: *** **** ******* *** ******* ** *** ****?

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****: ***** ***'** *** ** ****** **** *** ** ****** and **, ***** ***** *** *** *** ******, ***** ** newer, ****** ** **?

****, ***** ** ******* ******* ********** *** ** *** ****** cameras.

****: **** **** ****** ******* **** ****** ******** ******* ** a **** ** **********?

**** *****'* '******' ********, *** ***** ******* *** *** ***** can ****** *** ***** ********.

****: **** ******* ************** *** ***** **** * *****-***** ********** surveillance ****** **** *** ******’* **** **, ***, * ****** outlet, ** ** ****** ********?

**’** *********** * ****. ** **** ****** ******* ******* **** of *** ********, ** ** **** ****** ****** **** *** over ****** ***** ***** ** ****** ****** ****. ** *** everything **** ****** **** ** ***** *****.

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****: *** ** *** ******* ********* ********? *** ** *** cameras *** *********** *** ** *****?

****’* **** ** **** *’* ***** ***** *** ** ******** every ***** ** ******** **** ***** ****** ** *** *** campuses ** **** ***** ******* **** **** **** ** *** main ****** ******* ******. **’* *** ********. **’** ***-**-****** ******** that’s ******.

****: *** *** *** ************** *** ************* ***** *******, ******** or **?

****** ******. ** ** ****** ***, ******** ** ****** ***. It’s *** *** ************ ****.

****: *** ** *** ******/******** ******** *********** ** **** ****?

** ******** ***’* *** *********** *** *******. ** ** *** access *******. ** **** * **** ** ********* *******. *** cameras, **** ******* **** **** ***** **** * ******* *** that **** *** ** ***. *’* *********** *** ******* *** specing *********. ** **** **-***** *********** *** *** **** *******. Our ******* **** ** ***** *******, *** ** **** *** system **’** ***** **** ****, ** *****’* ** **** ** bring ** ******* **** *** *******.

Manufacturers *** ****** *** ***** - **** / ***, ****, *******

****: **** ************ ********—******* *** ***—**** *** ****?

** ********* *** ******** ***** *** ******** ******** ********. *********, we *** ****** **** *** ****** *** *** ****** ***** Edge *.*. **’* *** **** *** ******* *** *******.

Dahua *** ********* ********

****: **** *** **** ******** ** ********* *** *****?

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**, ** ******* **** **** *******. *** ******* ** **** for **** ** **** **** *** ********** *** *********** ** work **** *** **** *************.

****: ** **** *** ****** **** *********** **** ** ***** to **** ******** **** *** *** ********** ** ** *** do *** ******** ******** *** ******* ********/*********?

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****: ** *** **** * ********* ** ********* ******* *** your ******* *** ***** *******?

**** **** ***** *** *****. ** *** **** ******, ***** are **-*** ********* **** *** *** **** ** **-*** ********. Some ******* ***’* **** **** ** *** * *** *******, so ** **** ** **** **** **** *********.

****: **** **** **** ******* **** ******?

****, **** ** *** ** ** ***** ** *********, *** apparently *** ***** ******** *** ** ******** **** **** ** to * ** **** *** **** ** ******* ***** **** basically ********* ** **/***. **** ******* ***'* **** ** ******** with *** ****** *** ** ****, ** ** *** *** 10/100 ******* ** ***** *****.

****: ** *** ******* ****** ******* ** ****** ** ** cybersecurity ******** ***** **** *******?

**********, ****** ** **** **** ** *********** ******. ** ** probably **** ** ****** ******* *****. * ********* ***** ******* to ****** *** *******. ** *** *** ****** ****** ****** safety. **** ******** *** **** *** *** ** **** **** to.

****: ** *** ** *****, ** *** *** * *** or ******* ****** ****** ******?

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****: **, **** **** **** ** ******* ***** ** ****** the ******* **** ***** ****? **** *** ***?

******/********* ****** **** ***** **** *** ** ***********, ** **** entities **** ******** * ****** ** *** **** * **** them *** *********** ******. ********* **** ****** ** *** * decoder **** ** **** *** *** *** ***** ****** **** no ***** *************. ** *** ******* ** ****** ****** *** see ******* **** ****. ** ** **** ** ** **** we **** * ****** ********** ** *****.

****: ** *** ** **** ******* *** ********* *** ******** links **** ********* **** *** ****?

**, ** ******** *****. **’* *** ******, ******** ** *****. We **** **** ******** **** ******* **** *** *****, *** no ******** *******.

****: **** *** **** ******** *** ****** ** ********* (*******, VMS, ********, ***.) ****** **** ****** *** ** ** **** made *** ****** *** **** *** ***** **** *** ********.

** **** *** **** *** *******. ** ** ***** **** in **********, * **** ********* *** **** * **** **** I ***** *** ** *****’* ***** ** *** ** ********* came **** ** ****. *’* *** **** ** ***’** ******** with ****** *** *** ***** ********** **** ********. **’** ****** really ******* **** *** **** *** ***** *** **** *.* it’s * ****** ****** *******.

****: **** ** ** ***** **.* **** ****** * ******? What ** *** **** ***** **?

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****: ****, ** ***, ******** ************* ****** **** *** *** the **********’* ************/******** ******* *******?

****’* **** ** * ******** ********** *** *'* *** ***** to *** *********. * **** **** ******** ******* *** *** intrusions. *** *** ****** **** ***** **** ** **** **’***-***** *** *************.

****: *** ***** ** *** ******** *** ****** *** ******** technology?

*** ******* *** ****** *** *******, **** *’* ********** *** bring ** ** *** * **** **. *’* ********** ******* new *****.

****: ***'** ********* ******* * *** *****, ***** *** **** Hanwha *** * *** *****. ** *** ***** *** ******?

** ***'* *** **** ***********, *** ** *** ****** ******* their ********* ** ** ******* **.

****: *** ** **** ******* ******* (*.*. *** ** *** evaluate/judge *** ******* *** ******** ****** *** ******** ********* ******?) Is ** **** *** ** *** ** ******* * *********?

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****: *** ***** ************, *** *'** *** ************: ** ** worth ***** ** **? *** ** *** ***?

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****: **** ** **** ******* *** ** **** *******? ** that **********? **** ** **** **** ** ** ****? *** it **** ** ****?

*** ******** ** ** ******. *** ** *** ********** ***** sometimes **’** **** ** **** **** **. ******* ****-******** **********, we *** **** ** ** ***. * ***’* ****** ***** there’s * ****, *** ***** *** **********. **** ** *** gaming ********, *** **** ** ** ** **.

****: *** **** ****** ** ********** *** ***** **** **** VMS/Server/Network/Power ************?

**** **** ** **** ** *** ********. **** ********** *** on ***. ****’* *** *********** **********, *** ** ******** *** cameras **** ***** ****. ****’* ********* ** **** ** **** on ** *** **** ****. ** ** **** ** **** to ********? ** ** *** *** **** *** **, *** the ********** ********** ** **** **** **’** **** ******* ** have ** ** * ********** *** *****’* **** *** ********** that *** ***** ****** *** ** **.

****: *** *** ****** **** **** ****? *** *** ********** ever ******?

** ** **** * **********, ******** ** **** ********** ** lost ***** ** ** ********. ****'* *** ** *** ****** the ******** **********. ** * ******** ** ** ***, **** the *** **-****, ** ***'* **** ********.

****: ** *** ** *** **** ****** **********? ** *** your ******* **** ** ** ***** ***** ****?

*** **** ******** *** ***** *** ***** ******** *** ***** on ***** ******, **** *******. **** *** ***** *****. *********, being ** ***** ******, **** ********* *** ******** ** ****** areas, ** *** ******, ******** *** *********. *** *******, ******** and ******* *** ***** ** ****** *** ****** ***** *********—** class, ** * *******, ** *** ****—*** **** ****** ****** have *********. ** ** ** *** ******* *** *****’* *** any ** ***** *****—****’** ********* ****** *** *** ******* ***** with **** **** ******** **** ***** ** ****—** **** ****.

****: ** *** *** *** ***** ********** ** ***?

**, ** *** * **/* ******.

****: **** **** ******* ** ******* *** **** ******* ********** your ********** ******?

** *** ******. ** *** **** *** ** *** ******, on ********. *** ******, ***** *******, ****’** *****. **** ** use ******* *** ******* ***** *********** * ***. ** **** depends ** *** ***********.

Multi-Imager ****** *****

****: **** *** **** **** *****-****** *******?

** **** ***** ** **** *****-******* ** *** ******-****, *** that's *******. ** ****** **** ** *** ******* ****** ******, but ****-****** *** ***** **** *****'* **** ** **** ******* for. ******* ****** ********* ** *** ***********.

Analytics *** ****** *********** *****

****: ** *** *** ****** ***********, ***, ** ********* *** things **** ******** ******* ****/**********, *******/******* ******** *********? **** ** you *** ** *** ******* *** *** ** ***** ***** in ***** ************?

** *** *** **** *****. ** **** ****** *********** ***** down ** ****** *********. **’** **** ****** ******* ** *** because ** ***’* **** ** ** ******* ** **. *** at ******** **********, *** **’** ***** **. **’** ******* *** license ***** *********** ******* ****’* * ***** ******* **** ***. Facial *********** ** **** *** ** *****’* ****** *** *** because, ** ** *******, **’* *** *****. **** ** ** it, * **** ** ** ** **** ** ******** ******* for ******** ***********. **’** ***** ****** **** ********** **-***** ** how ** **** ** ** **** *** **** **’** **** legal ******** **** *** **********. **’** ***** ****** ** ****** out *** ** **** ** *** ** ****** ** **** the ************** ** **********. * *** *** *********’* *** ****’* probably *** ******, * *****. * ***’* ***** **’* ***** there *** ** ** ***********.

****: **** ***** ** ****** *********** **** *** ** ******* out ********** *** *** **** *** ****** **** **** *****?

** *** *** ******** ******** *******, *** **** *** ***** to **** ** ***. ** *** **** ********* *** **** that, *** ** *** ** ***** ********** ******* ** **** as ********.

****: ** ******* *** *********/********* **** * *******?

***** **** ****** ** **** ************** *** **, ** *** money ** ********* *****.

****: **** ** *** ******* *** *********** ****** ********* ********** the ******?

**** ** **** ****** ******* *** *** ****** ** ***** all ***** ***** ** ***, *** ********* ***** **** ** crime **** *** ***, "*** **’** **** ****. ** **** a ******." *** **’* ****** ** *** ****** ********* *** it’s ****** ** **********. ****’* *** *** * ****** ** to ** **** ******* ***** ****** **** **** ***** ** be ****.

****: **** *** **** ****** *** ******** **** *** ******/******** or ***** ****** ****** ***** ******* ** ****** ***** ** your ********?

** **** ***. * ***** *** ********** ********* ****** **** the ******* ** **. ** **** ******** *** **** **** us *** *** ********* ******** *** **** ******* ***** *** a ****** *****. * **** *** ****** ********* ********** **. To **** *** * ****** ****, ***'* *** ******* ***** 911 *** ** *** **** ******’* ******** *** ** **** that ** **** ******* ** **** ****, ** ***** **** up *** **’** ******* ****** **** *********** ** ******** *** are ** *****. **’* **** ******* ******. **’** ********* **** calls **** ** *** ** ******* *** ***** **** **** so **** ***’* **** ** **** ***** **** *******.

****: **** ********* ****** *** ******** ** ***** **? *** example, *** ****** ******** ************ ** **** ** ***** **** and **** ********** ************ ** *** ***** **** **** *** biggest ******?

****, *** *** *****, * ***** ** ** **** ******, we’d *** ******** **** ********. * ***** *** ******** ** headed ** *** ***** ********* **** **, ********** **** ****** processing. * ** ******** ** **** ***** ********** ******* ***********. Or *****, * ****** *** ** *** ***** ***: * don’t **** **** ************ **** **** *** ** **** ****-*** cameras************. ** ***’* **** * *** ******. *** ***** **** one ** * *******, *** ** ***********?

Comments (13)

***** ***** **. ****** from ****** ********* ** well **** ** * new *** ******** ***** for *** ****** ****** Department.

********* *&* *****!

* ** * *** fan ** *** ** Dan *'* ****** ******** interviewing ******** *******. ****** keep ** *** **** work! ; )

**** *** **** ******* of ***** * ***** version ** **** **** thing?

**** ** * ******* look *** ****, *** with *** * ************ the ****** ***** ***********?

***** ***, ***! *********** suggestion ***** ***** ** as *****. *******, ***** all ** ************ *** located ******** **** **, I'm *** **** ** would **** ** **** as ** ***** **** on *****. **'* ********** an **** ** ********, however.

****, **** ** **** the ******** ** *** users *** ***** ***** interviews *********** ** ******* them ** ***** ***** run ******* ** ****. And ** *** *** going ** **** ***** faces *** ******* ***** voices...

* ****'* ******* ** *** ********* *****.... **** ***** *****.

*** ******** ***** *** ********** ****** **** ***** **** ** funny... ; )

***** *** ********** ******** for **** ********* ****** cameras ***** ** ** get **-****** ***'*, **-****** cameras *** *** **/********* for ******** ** *** to *********** ** **** stream ** * ****** on **** ** ***. You ***** ********** *** redundancy ** *** **** for ***** ******* ** addition ** **** ** servers.

*** **** ******* ** labor *** *** ****** would ***** *********** *******. I **** ************ ****** this *********** ** *** bench

*****'**, *** ****** *** ******* *** ******** ***, * ***** probably ****** ** **** *** **** *** * **** *********** with ***.

** *** **** *** encoders **** *** **** or **** **** ** Dvr's. ** ***, *** you ********* **** *** encoder ******? *********** * resorted ** ***** *** Dvr's ******* ** ********.

******

**** **** ******, *****, and ******* ********...**** ***** are *** **** *** Dahuas.

**** *** **** **** to **** ******** ***** from *** **** ******* the ***? **** ** one ** ** ***** concerns **** *********** ******* topology *** ****. ***** an **** ****?

**, *** * ***** pull ***** **** *** VMS *******, *** *** storage ** **** *********, and ** ******, * just *** *** ***, web, ****** ** ***** interface ** **** **** the *** *******. * working ******** * **** in ** *** ** Shinobi *** **** *-*** (hikvision ***) *** ******** (Amazon) ***'*.

* ******, *** * did *********** ** ***** brand **** ***** ****** VMS, *** *** ***** play **** ****** ***** from *** ***, *** Holis ** ***** ***, and ******* *** *** very ****.

**** ****'* ****** *** license ******, ** ***** is **** ********. *** if *** **** ********** quality ** ***** **** of ********* *********, * would **** *** **** for ******** *** *********** their **** ****** **** a ** ********, ** I ***** *** ***** be *** *** * license *** ******, *** check **** **, **** are ****** **** **** support.

*'* *** ***********.

** ****** ** ***'*, (probably * ** **) and ***** **** **** fine, **** *** **** expensive *** **** * larger *********.

* ***'* *********** ********* a *****, ******* ***** Axis ******** **** **** for **, **** *** not *** *** *** to *** ************** ** our **********.

**** **** **** *** ***/***/*** **** *** ********?

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