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Universities Want Higher Quality Video

March 16, 2012
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A need for better image quality led Virginia’s George Mason University to IP-based megapixel camera technology.

The previous video system suffered from poor quality and a lack of standardization. The legacy system could not provide the needed levels of video surveillance, either related to the area being viewed or the quality of images needed to identify events or individuals. A new construction project included the required funds for an initial investment in an IP-based surveillance system. The university needed a system that could provide better video quality to capture facial recognition and to offer a wider range of options.

The institution went with megapixel cameras from Arecont Vision, according to James McCarthy Jr., director of physical security. Cameras have been installed in athletic facilities, including an Olympic-sized pool, in academic buildings, and in parking garages. Several 180-deg. cameras cover the pools and gym floors in George Mason’s athletic facilities. The 8-megapixel, 180-deg. panoramic camera also incorporates four, 2-megapixel CMOS image sensors to provide 6400 by 1200-pixel panoramic images at 5.5 fps.

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