The University of Vermont has recently switched its video management system to improve real-time emergency management.
The University of Vermont (UVM), a public land-grant research university located in Burlington, Vermont, was founded in 1791 and is one of the oldest universities in the U.S. The recent transition to Qognify VMS is part of UVM’s continuing commitment to a safe learning and teaching environment for students, faculty and staff. Its campus is spread across 460 acres and has a population of more than 11,000 undergraduates, 900 graduate students and more than 4,000 full and part-time staff.
The next-generation enterprise-class video management system (VMS) has been deployed to improve how the university police dispatch team manages real-time emergency events, as well post-incident investigation and daily on-campus surveillance.
An extensive and expanding CCTV camera network positioned in and around the buildings and grounds owned or controlled by UVM is a cornerstone of its safety and security operations. This infrastructure is relied upon by the police dispatch team, a group of on-site officers who monitor live camera feeds, coordinate the response to an incident and use footage to conduct investigations. This operation relies on the performance of the university’s VMS.
The on-premise deployment transferred UVM’s entire camera estate onto Qognify VMS and the duties of the police dispatch team remained uninterrupted during the roll out
A big benefit for the police dispatch team that the new VMS delivers is the ability to quickly create and conduct “virtual” patrols. A route around the campus is designed and the relevant cameras are selected. Live feeds from these cameras are them automatically cycled and displayed on one of the monitors.
At the University’s Fleming Museum of Art the number of cameras has increased to more than 30 and cameras are also being used to monitor transaction points at unattended dining facilities around the campus, where students can purchase food using their CATcard (identification and debit card).