Published on 20 November, 2007
JVC Professional Europe have provided Treloar College, a specialist college for disabled students based in the outskirts of Alton in Hampshire, with IP security cameras and security management software for a comprehensive IP security system. The project is supported by the City Livery Company of Security Professionals, as well as by JVC.
Treloar College provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people aged 16 and over with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas.
On 1st November, a plaque was jointly unveiled with Past Master Trevor Gray and Yash Patel, Executive Director, CCTV Europe at JVC Professional Europe to commemorate the formal completion and opening of a CCTV surveillance system at Treloar College.
The security system is designed to be entirely future-proof and additional security cameras can be added to the system as and when needed and depending on how the requirements of students attending the college changes.
At present, the security system comprises 17 security cameras which are located around the college and are operated over a local area network (LAN) connected to a PC server. JVC supplied Milestone Xprotect Basis Plus software which is installed on a PC server and manages the security system. The existing four analogue cameras are encoded using the JVC VN-A1U 1 channel IP encoders to enable the signal to be viewed on the IP system. Footage is recorded and saved for two weeks, and the security system can be adjusted for use during the holiday period as and when the routine changes.
In outdoor locations the JVC VN-C20U fixed IP cameras are housed in secure, weatherproof casings, and positioned above access points and doors to monitor people coming in and out of the main college buildings. The cameras operate exceptionally well in low light levels and have an outstanding picture quality, unlike the previously installed cameras.
Yash Patel says the IP system is now well tried and tested, so there is no doubt about its benefits: "The great thing about this system is that the cameras have motion detection, and picture masking functions that can blank out the movement of trees and plants. This is important as video recording is triggered when motion is detected and the camera can be set to record pre-and-post alarm pictures of an incident. This reduces recording of unnecessary footage which means less storage requirements."
Mark McConnell, Computer Services Manager, who is responsible for the security of Treloar's, says high level security is crucial for a specialist educational institution like Treloar College. He appreciates the fact that staff can view images from any PC and even while off location: "Staff, students and even parents find the system user-friendly, helpful and reassuring. It fits seamlessly into our IT infrastructure. It's easy to upgrade and we can very easily add cameras on to the system as the college expands in the future."
"The CCTV system was praised by the local police during a recent event and stated that they were impressed by the clarity of the images, use in low light conditions and ease of searching through the recordings."