Case Study | September 7, 2012

Solar Powered Surveillance And Security At Georgia Southern University

Source: MicroPower Technologies

The Customer

Nestled in Statesboro, Ga., Georgia Southern University has been advancing the educational and economic aspirations of Georgians for more than 100 years. Nearly 20,000 students call Georgia Southern University’s 700-acre campus their educational home, and in 2012 the school was named the fourth most popular university in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

The Challenge

Georgia Southern University has developed an extensive surveillance system that encompasses more than 1,100 cameras, comprised of about half analog and half IP-based cameras. But even such a large-scale system has fallen short when it comes to meeting the flexibility demands of a college campus.

“One of the major challenges of a large university is having a lot of outdoor spaces, including parking lots, walking spaces and quads, that are active 24 hours per day,” said Rob Swift, CATV and CCTV Services Manager, Georgia Southern University. “Due to the nature and size, we can’t install full-on hard wired infrastructure throughout every square-inch of campus.”

Swift also found that the constant influx of events – whether organized by students, faculty or outside organizations – can shift security needs on a daily basis. Large crowds of people may gather in one area for a particular event on Monday and in a completely different area on Tuesday. The surveillance options offered by traditional camera manufacturers today proved too uncompromising for such dynamic and evolving security needs.

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