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Purdue University adds another engineering excellence in its campus of engineers, OnSSI's Ocularis surveillance software
Purdue University gives due credit to OnSSI’s surveillance software for enhancing its campus security
Ocularis allows multiple video systems to be unified onto a single IP-based network platform
Seeking a powerful solution providing centralised security management and coordination, Purdue University turned to the Ocularis DS video-centric physical security information management (PSIM) system from On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI). Purdue chose Ocularis DS because its open architecture allows them to maintain the value of existing physical security investments at their 2,400-acre campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.

"OnSSI's open-architecture, scalable, non-proprietary PSIM system lets you integrate myriad cameras and other endpoint solutions into a unified client application facilitating the management and coordination of video and event information," said Mark Willingham, Systems Engineer at SimplexGrinnell and integrator of the project. "What's more, since Purdue is an engineering college, they pride themselves on choosing systems based on their engineering excellence, so Ocularis DS is a great fit."

Purdue security personnel gave high marks to the overall look and feel of the software, the ease of searching for video and the mapping capability

Currently Purdue has about 100 Ocularis DS licenses and will be adding another 60 licenses shortly, with many more to follow as the system expands over the next several years. Purdue University installed the base system first to allow operators to get used to it and train on it. The scalability and universal camera support feature of Ocularis DS simplify tying in additional systems over time. The university has also upgraded three user workstations to take advantage of the Ocularis DS touch-screen capabilities, and they use the Ocularis VideoWall application.

Ocularis DS saved Purdue money thanks to its ability to incorporate a range of related technologies into a single, centralised system. It combines the ability to record and manage video along with physical security, access control, video content analytics and other enterprise applications.

Although Purdue originally considered licensing OnSSI's NetDVMS, once they saw Ocularis DS, they decided it was an even better way to go. Purdue security personnel gave high marks to the overall look and feel of the software, the ease of searching for video and the mapping capability.

"They are very proud of the system," said Mr. Willingham. "They were even on the local TV station showing it off.""

"Purdue University is in many ways a technology pioneer," said Gadi Piran, President and Chief Technology Officer, OnSSI. "Their confidence in Ocularis DS is a serious endorsement and we look forward to helping them evolve their system over time and watching it become a benchmark of all that is possible using the Ocularis video-centric PSIM software platform."

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