The University of Miami, a private research university with more than 15,000 students in Coral Gables, Florida, had maintained a video surveillance system for a number of years, but many disparate systems made it difficult for campus police to monitor and investigate incidents. “Our challenge was that we had so many legacy analog systems, and we were looking to bring everything together into a unified system,” says Jose Ruano, executive director of IT security.
In order to achieve a single, unified system, Ruano and Steve Weatherly, senior security engineer at the University, knew they needed to upgrade to IP. “It was much more economical to upgrade our cameras and run them over the IP network than laying coax,” recalls Weatherly. Ruano and Weatherly conducted extensive research to identify the top technology candidates that they would contract for their upgraded IP video system.