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TECHNOLOGY

DETECTION ALERT!

to normal aging, video analytics can be a
logical next step.
Technology as crime deterrent
Campus crime at California State University, Northridge has dropped since
the installation of closed-circuit television and analytics in 2014, says Chief of
Police Anne P. Glavin.
The reduction includes a 60 percent
drop in auto thefts, a common occurrence
in the university's Los Angeles neighborhood, in the year following implementation. "People were stealing cars and breaking into cars," she says. Now crime waves
are more likely to occur off campus.
Use of the system has allowed officers
to stop some crimes in progress thanks to
the alerts, while solving others more readily through analysis of captured video
(since it offers greater detail than traditional cameras).
In addition, the highly visible placement of cameras, along with prominent
signage with warnings about video surveillance, seems to have had a chilling effect on would-be criminals.
Glavin points out that while campus
auto thefts and vandalisms have been
reduced significantly, rates for the same

crimes continue to be high in nearby
neighborhoods. "The bad guys are being
told they are on camera, and car thefts or
break-ins stop before they start," she says.
The alerts offered by analytics serve as
a security force multiplier in preventing
or solving a variety of crimes, including
sexual assaults, she adds. "We didn't have
to add personnel. I wanted technology to
do the work. I don't expect my dispatchers to stare at cameras."
The added sense of security provided
by round-the-clock monitoring makes the
technology well worth it, Glavin says. "It
makes the campus community feel better."
Extra layer of detection
At The University of Tulsa, cameras positioned near a women's residence hall trigger alerts whenever a vehicle enters the
parking lot between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Security dispatchers then view the
scene on a monitor and determine whether action is needed. If the driver appears
to be a student, they can watch to make
sure that student enters the dorm safely.
If the driver is clearly not a student, they
can watch for suspicious behavior and, if
necessary, send officers to the scene.
The system, which includes over 300

networked cameras that replaced older
analog models, is also proving valuable
during investigations.
"Instead of spending hours searching
through footage, we can now let the software do that for us with high accuracy,"
says Michael Killer, assistant director of
security technologies. "Along with speeding up the investigative process, the use of
analytics frees staff to focus on other areas
of campus security."
Another attractive feature of video
content analysis is the flexibility to adapt
to the situation at hand.
"Video analytics helps to increase the
security posture of an institution by providing an extra layer of observation and
detection across a vast array of options,"
says Jonathan Kassa, director of higher
education for Allied Universal, a Pennsylvania-based national security services
company. Options range from license
plate readers and geo-fencing, where a
virtual geographic boundary is established, to remote video monitoring and
audio interfaces.
Wider campus use ahead
As colleges continue to expand their camera inventories-and upgrade or replace

Where on campus to consider surveillance powered by video analytics

Blue-light emergency telephone locations

Residence halls

Public areas with high traffic

Athletic fields

Laboratory building entrances and exits

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