IP network cameras were first installed in 2004 at SUNY Buffalo (UB). Today, Milestone XProtect Corporate video management software connects nearly 800 devices across the UB campus and the system continues to grow as needs expand. The surveillance hardware is a best-in-class mix of various Axis network security cameras, both stationary and pan/tilt/zoom network models.
As new programs and departments have come on board, like the School of Engineering and the Educational Opportunity Center, the university continues to develop its best practices for video security. Slowly, they have coalesced around a centralized platform that’s managed by Central Computing (CIT) and used by UB campus police, who have access to camera views across the campus but share the management responsibilities with CIT.
Central Computing does a great job of managing the system and providing high quality process and procedure for access to the system, making sure everything is secure, backed up and properly maintained. We’re trying to move the whole university toward an efficient, full centralization of all cameras and surveillance recording systems. – Michael Blumenson, President, Digital Surveillance Solutions, integrator for UB
In choosing Milestone VMS, the campus has gained flexibility and scalability, efficient centralized administration, and wider geographic distribution. Additionally, cost efficiencies have been realized by using standard IT resources—both the equipment and network infrastructure—as well as the IT Department’s expertise and maintenance routines for keeping the system up and running.
Opportunities for expansion continue, as UB is growing in the downtown corridor. In the next year, the medical school is constructing a beautiful new building that will include 200-300 cameras, all connected via the Milestone software platform. With additional buildings under construction, new integration projects abound, such as perimeter monitoring, parking lots and other areas needing security.
See the full customer study in the cover story of SD&I magazine‘s August issue.