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Hanwha at UWE Bristol

To provide students and staff with a permanent security system, the University of the West of England has turned to Wisenet cameras and the VMS of Hanwha Techwin.

Hanwha at UWE BristolThe University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) serves more than 30.000 students of 140 Countries. It has more than 3.200 employees and is one of the largest in the UK, with three modern campuses: the main one of Frenchay, that of the city (Bower Ashton, Watershed, Spike Island and Arnolfini) and Glenside.

In the last five years, the university has invested more than 300 million pounds sterling to modernise its facilities and needed a video surveillance system that was up to par. formerly, had a CCTV system (Cctv) more than a decade old, that was not fully operational and had frequent downtime issues.

The university's facilities and buildings team sought a solution that would help maintain operational safety so that students and staff could be safe in the 24 hours of the day, The 7 days of the week, that could be frosted to its different campuses and that it updated video surveillance with modern technology.

The new video surveillance infrastructure, which has cameras and video management system (Vms) Wave of Hanwha Techwin, was awarded to KSCM, the maintenance contractor of Cctv of the university.

"The new Wisenet cameras and VMS Wave software offer the university video streams of far superior quality, increased reliability and uptime, as well as the capacity to evolve for the next plans and needs of the teaching center", Explains Keyton Matthews, director and owner of KSCM.

A reliable and scalable solution

The University of the West of England opted for Wisenet cameras and Hanwha Techwin's Wisenet Wave VMS software for their flexibility and reliability. The team of professionals carried out a phased upgrade of the existing video surveillance system to have the ability to support both legacy cameras and new Wisenet with a single VMS Wave software.

Three-quarters of the university's CCTV cameras (a little more than 150 Devices) have been replaced along with all video recorders and VMS software. The Wisenet solution was also chosen because it had better quality cameras and video, with greater cost-effectiveness in terms of device and VMS lifecycle.

Along with new cameras and VMS software, new client computers for CCTV and higher quality screens have been installed in the control room of the Frenchay campus. Previously they had a smaller, inconsistent set of screens., which were upgraded to six high-resolution screens of 42 Inch.

The screens show live video to the university's security team. 24 hours of the day, The 7 days of the week, The 365 days of the year, and have the ability to display recorded events that have occurred on all three campuses so they can be more proactive and informed about anyone entering and leaving a building, of any damage (and who caused it), potential crime or person trapped in elevators or after-hours buildings.

Hanwha at UWE Bristol

Intuitive VMS

The university installed the Wisenet Wave system, an open video platform that can integrate with a wide range of other security solutions.

Offers cloud solution, in the position of operator, on mobile and server, adapting to any organizational need. In addition, the system is designed for very intuitive use, so teams of professionals can get up and running and use VMS software quickly. Requires very little computing power and can be installed in a few minutes. You don't need a system with big specifications. This makes it particularly suitable for the education sector.

When an event occurs, the Team at the University of the West of England can search the recorded video and discover relevant contextual information, such as when the event occurred, who was present near the event and any damage that occurred. They can also closely monitor areas of greatest risk., such as campus entrances and receptions, and see who enters and leaves the university.

The university also recently invested in and upgraded its automatic license plate recognition system. (Alpr / Anpr) and cameras to more accurately identify vehicles entering and leaving your facility. The system has been updated to detect not only the license plate, but also the brand, the model and colour of the vehicles, to provide even more information on the situation.

Expanding coverage

The university continues to implement increased CCTV coverage across campus, especially in hard-to-reach remote areas that lack normal network capacity, such as car parks and fenced boundaries.

This is being solved by installing external fiber-connected enclosures on the road and ccTV cameras connected directly by fiber using media converters.. All are connected to the Wisenet Wave system.

The University of the West of England is planning a greater capacity of the Wisenet cameras and the Wave system to include people counting. Specifically, to measure reckless crossings on the campus road network and determine the need for better signage and crossing points on routes most commonly used by people. In this way, potential accidents would be reduced, making campus a safer place to travel.

Another project is the installation and upgrade of security control rooms at Glenside and Bower Ashton to create redundant, live capabilities within other campuses., in case the main campus of Frenchay is compromised. This would help the security team and the university with disaster management., if for some reason the main control room cannot be accessed.

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By • 13 Jun, 2022
• Section: Case studies, Systems control, Training, Video surveillance