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Megapixel Network Cameras Protect Misericordia University

JVC Professional Europe - CCTV : 25 March, 2010  (Application Story)
US Educational establishment employs vandal resistant dome camera installation from JVC for protecting a new Health Science Facility
Megapixel Network Cameras Protect Misericordia University
JVC Professional Products has announced that Misericordia University, a private Catholic university in Dallas is using a JVC V.Networks VN-X235VPU vandal-resistant MegaPixel network Dome camera installation and a VR-N1600U 16-channel Network Video recorder to provide security for its new College of Health Sciences building, which opened in January.

The new building, which Misericordia purchased and renovated for the university, is nearby but technically off the main campus. According to Mark Reboli, Misericordia network telecom and IT security manager, the parking areas are scenic - but the university also wanted to make sure they were safe.

Reboli worked with Paul Murphy, director of safety, and Robert Cragle, associate director of public safety, in the Campus Safety Department to develop the best IP-based video surveillance solution. Misericordia purchased its JVC V.Networks equipment from the Washington office of Security Solutions. T J Cannon, an integrator based in Pittston handled the installation.

There are 10 cameras covering the new building's parking lots, as well as key doorways and walkways. With a JVC MegaPixel camera, which uses a 1/3-inch progressive scan CCD to produce 1.3 MegaPixel images, officers at Misericordia have sufficient resolution to zoom in on recorded footage later, rather than trying to follow suspicious action live with PTZ cameras. Misericordia also made sure to keep the cameras in plain sight. "The cameras themselves are a deterrent," Reboli noted.

In an effort to minimize network traffic, most cameras feed directly to the JVC VR-N1600U, which is outfitted with 1.5 TB of external storage and is housed in the College of Health Sciences building. Reboli said there is a combination of feeds over fiber, coax, and Ethernet cabling, while a few cameras that are mounted on other buildings are tied directly into the campus network.

The College of Health Sciences building is actually the second deployment of JVC MegaPixel cameras at Misericordia in the past few months. Reboli said three cameras were installed at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery last autumn. The art gallery cameras are recorded and monitored using JVC's VN-RS800U recording server software, a free, entry-level surveillance tool that provides a simple user interface that supports up to 32 cameras.

After months of operation, Reboli said the JVC V.Networks equipment is working well, with no network performance issues, and the university might expand the system to cover other buildings. He also said the Campus Safety officers appreciate the new system. "It gives them the tools that they need to really do their job," he said. "It allows them the ability to cover more area quickly."
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