University of Uruguay Achieves Lower Cost Security by Leveraging Existing Equipment

When moving to a new headquarters four times larger, the School of Information and Communication of the University of the Republic of Uruguay in Montevideo needed to implement a video surveillance system that provides high quality, reliability and accessibility. They wanted a robust video management system with good video storage capacity that included alarms and notifications for motion detection or perimeter crossings in order to control potential external and internal theft. It was essential to integrate the system into an existing network infrastructure to meet the established budget that did not include new coaxial cable installations.

How did they do it?

They chose Milestone Systems XProtect Professional video software to manage cameras from Digital Watchdog DWC-PB2M4TIR, Hikvision DS2CD2120FI and Vivotek IP9181-H.

Why?

  • Milestone software is versatile and easy to install in a virtual computerized system. It does not require dedicated equipment (standard IT hardware works fine) and the interfaces and access levels allow the user to easily implement an optimal monitoring center.
  • The alarm panel provides quick identification of events and sends night-time alerts via SMS to the mobile number designated for each shift.
  • The administration of the system is simple and it comes with XProtect Smart Client, a display interface that works in desktops or Milestone Mobile that manages video from smartphones and tablets. Milestone supports the integration of cameras from a wide range of manufacturers.

Early in 2017, the School of Information and Communication (FIC) was inaugurated at the University of the Republic of Uruguay (Udelar). The university’s website announced that a new headquarters regained a large space that went unused for decades. It is a structure of 8,500 square meters and four floors that house nearly 4,000 students, 200 teachers and 80 administrative and logistics staff on a daily basis.

 

In the building, in addition to classrooms and administrative offices, there is a large and modern library, audio and video recording rooms and an advanced television studio. With the presence of such modern technological investments in the property, the concern about theft and damage increased, due to the high traffic of faculty, students and visitors that could access the control and monitoring of the equipment and devices.

The new headquarters greatly increased the vulnerability points for security. Without a system like the one now implemented, it would be unfeasible to maintain an acceptable level of security. It was unthinkable to carry out a CCTV installation with coaxial cabling due to its high cost. Therefore, the installation of the Milestone IP video management system within the existing IT network infrastructure versus performing a coaxial interconnection resulted in a very significant cost reduction. – Yonathan Benelli, IT manager at Udelar

He said the savings were not only in technology acquisition, but also in hardware and human resources: “We estimate that without this system, we would have needed at least four added employees dedicated to surveillance. Also, we took advantage of existing hardware to implement virtualization.”

A Custom-Made Solution

Foxsys, the company managing the technology integration for this project, proposed the implementation of the XProtect Professional solution from Milestone Systems. It is an open interface application designed for IP video management software with easy, intuitive and powerful functions.

The XProtect Smart Client interface has advanced search tools that combine with an easy-to- navigate video timeline, allowing users to quickly and accurately examine events. It also offers sophisticated export options, including the Storyboard feature, which helps consolidate relevant video evidence to gain a complete view of incidents.

The XProtect Professional software was selected because of the systems notifications which were important in this application. – Juan Martín González, commercial director of the integrating firm Foxsys

He explained that the solution is complemented by two virtual machines that operate on an HP server and are managed by the software Promox, which proved highly reliable.

Look for the full case study on the University of Uruguay’s security on the Milestone website.

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