With a student body of more than 45,000, CSUN faced the challenges of creating a safe environment for the university community. CSUN wanted to implement an intelligent video surveillance and analytics program (IVA) as a crime deterrent and to investigate incidents. In addition, CSUN Police were looking for a solution that would be a force multiplier for officers, one that would put officers back into proactive patrolling and out from behind a screen. CSUN wanted a video surveillance system that:
IXP worked with CSUN to:
IXP implemented a large-sale IVA surveillance systems for CSUN that provided an analysis of video images and automated use of information, resulting in more efficient use of manpower and faster retrieval of critical information. Work started during the summer of 2014 and the first 150 cameras were installed and configured by early December. IXP delivered a comprehensive training program to police officers and dispatchers ensuring those individuals were familiar with: 1) where cameras were deployed; 2) how those cameras operated; and 3) University policies governing the use of video surveillance. Results were immediate for the University and the video surveillance system was key to stopping crimes in progress and aiding in the successful investigation of many incidents. The video and analytics systems provided the police with real time information so that they could promptly respond to incidents without an increase in workload. The operators are not required to attentively watch many monitors for hours; rather, the IVA system supports and informs operators about undesired activity. The second phase of camera implementation began in the summer of 2016 and the University has started the preliminary planning for expanding the solution to protect all critical infrastructure on the campus. Intelligent video has made it possible to extract more information out of the video surveillance infrastructure, enabling a higher return on investment and a safer University community.