California College Deploys HD Surveillance System For Campus-Wide Crime Prevention

Avigilon recently announced that Merced College in Merced, Calif. has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System as part of its proactive crime prevention strategy to ensure the general welfare of staff and students on campus. By deploying the Avigilon HD Surveillance System with its advanced management features and superior image clarity, the College is able to leverage existing analog-based cameras to ease the transition from analog to HD performance as budget allows.

“A key differentiator of the Avigilon HD Surveillance System is the fact that it enables us to zoom in to examine specific details of an event while it is still recording, a feature we initially thought was too good to be true,” said Deputy Sheriff Wilde of the Merced College Police Department. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System also delivers a major improvement in image clarity, resulting in more useable footage for greater conflict resolution. Overall, image clarity is one thousand times better than what we had before.”

Security officers at Merced College seamlessly manage the Avigilon HD Surveillance System using Avigilon Control Center NVMS with HD Stream Management. The College installed Avigilon 16 megapixel, 11 megapixel, and 5 megapixel HD cameras to monitor activity across both the Merced and Los Baños campuses, including several parking lots. Merced College also installed Avigilon analog video encoders to dramatically improve the performance of its existing analog cameras, which monitor the interior of several college buildings.

Since deploying the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, Merced College has successfully investigated and resolved numerous cases of crime, vandalism and assault on campus. In one case, they caught a perpetrator in the act of stealing trim off several parked vehicles, leading to a successful conviction. Because of Avigilon’s ease-of-use and powerful management tools, security staff can easily capture and review the detail needed to successfully resolve incidents and ultimately, reduce crime to create a safe and secure campus environment. 

“The need to ensure student safety and campus asset protection has increased dramatically,” said Alexander Fernandes, president and CEO at Avigilon. “By incorporating the Avigilon HD Surveillance System into its crime prevention strategy, Merced College has created a hybrid surveillance solution that cost-effectively helps to ensure campus security and delivers greater peace of mind to staff and students alike.”

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