Higher Education Requires High definition Security
Medical school received surveillance makeover
- By Randy Brem
- April 01, 2017
Like most schools of higher education, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) takes the safety of students and faculty very seriously. Providing a safe and secure environment to every person on campus is of utmost priority for WVSOM. The current video surveillance solution at the medical school was limited in capability and did not provide coverage for new facilities, such as the brand new $22 million student center.
Further, the current system did not allow
for efficient multi-client viewing. So, when it
came time to upgrade and enhance their outdated
video surveillance solution, WVSOM
reached out to five different video surveillance
suppliers to ensure they had compiled
the leading contenders for their next generation
video surveillance solutions. WVSOM
has an added luxury of having the West Virginia
State Police, who occupies space within
the campus, as its main security force.
At the end of the evaluation, WVSOM concluded
that the Speco Technologies, Inc.
SecureGuard family of products was best
suited to handle the expansion and coverage
necessary to facilitate its growing environment.
The decision to implement Speco Technologies,
Inc. was based on functionality, ease
of installation and use, as well as price point.
Speco Technologies, Inc. SecureGuard VMS
comes pre-loaded on SecureGuard Servers at
no cost to the customer, offers free software
updates, and no license fees, providing a
greater cost savings to the end user.
"Safety of our student population, faculty
and visitors is paramount to WVSOM. Due to
our intense and highly-rated medical education
program we have activity 24/7, which
requires a rigorous and expandable video surveillance
solution, which Speco Technologies,
Inc. provides,” said Kim Ransom, CTO,
WVSOM director of Information Technology.
The next goal was to find an experienced
integrator to install the Speco Technologies,
Inc. solution. After much assessment, WVSOM
brought on Spencer Surveillance Systems, Inc.
as the integrator of choice. This decision was
due in part to Spencer Surveillance Systems,
Inc.’s understanding of IP surveillance solutions,
particularly as it applies to schools of
higher education, which John Spencer is familiar
with. Spencer Surveillance Systems, Inc.
installed the system on time and on budget.
“I was happy to hear that Speco would be
providing the camera system for the new student
center. I have been installing Speco
Technologies, Inc.’s intensifier IP cameras for
many years and absolutely love them. Their
resolution, warranty, longevity and Speco’s
Technical Support are second to none,” said
John Spencer, president, Spencer Surveillance
Speco Technologies, Inc. SecureGuard
offering is currently deployed throughout the
campus with a control center being monitored
by the West Virginia State Police. Complete
video coverage will be expanded this year to
include the newly constructed Student Center,
Founders’ Activity Center, the Technology
Center, Clinical Evaluation Center, and parade
field, along with associated parking lots.
Of note, especially to the West Virginia State
Police, was to have video coverage in the
WVSOM clock tower, which is the highest
point on the campus as well as the city of Lewisburg.
In doing so, they would have a superb
vantage point for surveillance on a broad scale.
At this time, approximately 40 Speco
Technologies, Inc. cameras have been
deployed uploading video to a SecureGuard
SG315 server. Of particular interest was the
deployment of the Speco 360 degree panoramic
camera in the Clinical Evaluation
Center, which enabled WVSOM to replace
four existing cameras with one. Plans are in
place to expand the coverage by adding
Speco Technologies, Inc. cameras to other
buildings and parking lots as needed, along
with additional servers. The joint cooperation
from the WVSOM, Spencer Sur veillance
and Speco Technologies, Inc. has
ensured the WVSOM
has the best of breed and
all-inclusive video surveillance
This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of Campus Security & Life Safety.